Lately I’ve been reading Writing Fiction. There appears to be no set formula outside of this: Read a lot. Write a lot.
Makes complete sense to me, but I was almost shocked to see it so plainly stated. In the world of fiction, there actually appears no set, rigid method to success. Some writers get a formal education. But more often than not, fiction writers become an expert of their own observations and this is what they write about, like a criminal who writes about crime.
It’s very much how I initially conceived of being an artist. Go out and see art, the best you can find. Come home and make it. At night, read about it. Repeat. But I think you will find fewer and fewer artists who actually “make it” coming out of this lifestyle.
In the world of books, the leverage is in your ability to tell a story. Mind, of course you have to write it and write it well but that questionnaire we discussed awhile back will never, ever give you a page turner.