Listen to Your Heart


  1. Julie Luek
    Julie Luek December 3, 2013 at 7:39 am .

    Mark, this is wonderful. I love the point you made; it encourages my writer’s heart. Yes, be mindful of the market, perhaps. But always write what you should– need to be– be writing. Like you, I’m glad the publishers are backing this writer. It offers hope to everyone else out there with an opus.

  2. Patricia Stoltey
    Patricia Stoltey December 3, 2013 at 10:11 am .

    Writing to the market is a dead end for most of us. Some romance and cozy writers do just fine by writing fast and writing what their fans want, but it leaves no room for the writer to explore other genres and styles. I love the stories about writers who do exactly what they want in spite of the market, and succeed, all because they believed in their ideas and their abilities. Excellent post, Mark.

  3. Dean K Miller
    Dean K Miller December 3, 2013 at 11:44 am .

    This warms my heart…first novel, first draft should be done this week, nearly 3 years in the making…pulls in at just over 150K words. Doesn’t mean I’m equal (or even half of) Mr. Hallberg. Doesn’t mean I’m wrong either. I wonder what we would have thought if this post was just the last three lines? The journey is always easier when others have shared the path with us, whether they are ahead, behind, or along side.

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