Things We Learned From Our Exclusive Interview With Nicholas Sparks

What? The holidays are over, you say? No more presents?

Lies!

We’ve got an awesome gift for you to ring in 2012: Mega-author Nicholas Sparks has taken a ton of your questions about books and writing and answered them–live (okay, taped) and in the flesh (okay, on video)! Here are some of the key takeaways:

  • Superfamous writers: they’re just like us! They throw temper tantrums about the revision process, too. But they grumble and then they do it, because they’re professionals.
  • Nicholas Sparks is a writing ninja. He writes 2,000 words every time he sits down, and writes a novel in 4-5 months.
  • There’s a big difference between Pretty Woman and Ghost–and it’s more important than you’d think.
  • The greatest writer the world has ever produced … is not Shakespeare.
  • Writing is not easy. Direct quote from a man who’s sold literally gajillions of books: “I get tired of writing all the time.”

Watch the video below for all this and more. Be sure to check out 10:00 for the Figgiest moment of all.

Here’s a list of all the questions Nicholas answered:

Isabelle Scissorhands:
“Which of your characters do you relate to the most?”

Mary Jane Sinclaire:
“Do you have a lot of books you never finished writing? And is there anything that would convince you to finish those books?”

Harmonee-Asher Fowler:
“How did you feel when the editor told you that you had to rewrite 60 pages of The Best of Me?”

Austin B.:
“Which of your works is most meaningful to you and why?”

Diarmuid C Owned by Goose:
“How long does it take you to write a novel, from start to finish?”

Sarah A:
“What is THE BEST place in the world to write?”

Jon Farrar:
“You’ve said that you write love stories and not romances. What do you see as the difference between the two, and how can writers in other genres apply your techniques when adding romantic elements to their own works?”

@bradmeltzer:
“Why don’t you shave your head like me? Love, Brad”

Skylar (Kali) De Lo:
“Who’s YOUR favorite author?”

Lauren K., Anna B., and Julliah Randolph:
“Do you like Nutella?”

Emma A, The Next Stephen King:
“Do you need complete silence to write, or do you listen to music/watch television/something else?”

A.S.M. Michellins:
“What advice can you give to young writers who want to be where you are now?”

Alyssa Soldano:
“What’s it like to see your creation up on the big screen as a major-motion picture?”

Bailey Peters:
“What is the most important thing in building a romance between two characters?”

Shiela Alicante:
“Do you ever get tired of writing? Was there an instance when you’ve thought you should stop writing novels and concentrate on other things, a career change perhaps?”

5 thoughts on “Things We Learned From Our Exclusive Interview With Nicholas Sparks

  1. I want to write a book someday. my question is what is the best way to start your book out? Because i’ve been trying to write a book for awhile.

  2. I enjoyed the entire blog but most importantly I loved the interview segment with Nicholas Sparks. I have been a fan since I was in jr high and read “A Walk To Remember” for the first time and all my friends were going to see it in theaters. I am almost done reading “The Best of Me” and I found that I can relate to Dawson and Amanda in my own way. That is one of the things I love most about his novels they just draw you in and you almost feel as if you can become one of the characters.

  3. I chose “The Best of Me” for our bookclub this month and am wondering if you would have a list of questions for discussion for the book? The library has been very helpful with these lists but they couldn’t come up with anything for me because they felt the book may be too new.
    Anything help would be greatly appreciated!

    Karen Brunner

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