How to Write an Excellent Book


Quick post today because some of the best advice is often short and sweet.

Last week I had the opportunity to see best selling author Joe Hill at our local Barnes & Noble. We were treated to a reading, a sing-along (complete with kazoos), and an open discussion/question session. It was truly a delightful and informative evening.

Note: if you ever have the opportunity to see a visiting author, please grab it with both hands, you won’t regret it.

During the discussion/question period a young girl in the back row raised her hand. “How is it that you can always write so excellently?” she asked.

Joe thought and then replied. “The answer to that question is that I don’t write excellently. My strategy is to write one good sentence and then follow that up with another good sentence and then another one. Pretty soon I have a whole pile of good sentences and that’s my book. I’ve never been perfect. I just write one sentence at a time.”

This is what you get to do when you write one good sentence after another

This is what you get to do when you write one good sentence after another


Wendy Thomas is an award winning journalist, columnist, and blogger who believes that taking challenges in life will always lead to goodness. She is the mother of 6 funny and creative kids and it is her goal to teach them through stories and lessons.

Wendy’s current project involves writing about her family’s experiences with chickens (yes, chickens). ( She writes about her chickens for GRIT, Backyard Poultry, Chicken Community, and Mother Earth News.

20 thoughts on “How to Write an Excellent Book

  1. INCREDIBLE ADVICE! I love it! The concept is easy and applicable. The challenge will be the execution. Thank you for sharing this.

  2. Pingback: How to Write an Excellent Book — Live to Write – Write to Live – From the Lips of Lynne

  3. I can certainly agree with the advice. My follow up question would be “How can you write so many good sentences, one at a time, in such a short space of time? His action scenes pull a reader’s eyes along at a very fast clip. I can’t imagine the sentences being written over several days.

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