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Lateral Thoughts on Life.

Charles Pick’s advice to Wilbur Smith.

The Blogfather, a.k.a. Mad Bull, had suggested that I take a look at the author Wilbur Smith.

Best-Selling Author, Wilbur Smith.

Best-Selling Author, Wilbur Smith.

After reading the biography of this famous author what struck me most was the following advice he got from Charles Pick ;

“Write only about those things you know well.”

“Do not write for your publishers or for your imagined readers. Write only for yourself.”

“Don’t talk about your books with anybody, even me, until they are written.”

“Dedicate yourself to your calling, but read widely and look at the world around you, travel and live your life to the full, so that you will always have something fresh to write about.”

Good advice.


January 25, 2009 - Posted by | blog, fiction, non fiction, Strategy, success, writing | , , , , ,


  1. And it seems that he has traveled widely and his books are very interesting, he is one of just a few authors whose books I have read over and over. Another one was Louis Lamour.

    Comment by Mad Bull | January 27, 2009 | Reply

  2. Yeah Louis Lamour was very good. He wrote some books outside of the Western genre too but they never caught on like his classic western tales. Trevanian was probably my favorite author, I tried to read any of his books I could get my hands on.

    Comment by Heavy Logix | February 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. Try The Triumph of the Sun, in which he brought the Courtney and Ballantyne families together. His new book Assegai is a much faster read though, more adventure than historical fiction.

    Comment by Web | April 12, 2009 | Reply

  4. I will definitely read them all soon. Thanks a lot for your recommendations.

    Comment by heavylogix | April 12, 2009 | Reply

  5. Started reading River God and it’s great but I always have about six books in progress, at any given time, so it’ll take a while to finish. 🙂

    Comment by heavylogix | April 27, 2009 | Reply

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