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Dear Bobbie

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Novel‎

Among different categories of Novel / Stories / Books  i.e. Fiction written by Authors, Which category do you feel the Most difficult to write and which category could be the most easy to write with reasons ?.

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Comedy
Romance
Tragedy
Horror
Suspense
Thriller
etc

Do you feel Great Authors / Writers should be able to write
any Fiction Book/ Novel / Story ?.

Awaiting your reply,

Thanks & Regards,
Prashant S Akerkar

Answer
The answers to your questions would differ according to the author. Some authors will find comedy difficult, whereas it comes more naturally to others. Some may find romance a challenge, whereas others, such as Barbara Cartland, for example, found it so easy they could walk around the house dictating their novels from start to finish. In the end, all novels, stories, and nonfiction books are difficult to write without knowledge, time, experience, and training. Writing is easy; writing well is more difficult. Writing successfully is quite difficult, but possible with good training, experience, and practice. Most successful writers also rely on editors to make their writing the best it can be.

As for the question about great authors, again, the question is vague. What constitutes "great?" First let us qualify that an author is a writer who has sold at least one book to a traditional publisher. Next, many authors whose books have not sold well still have won awards for their books. Are those authors still considered great? Many well-published and financially successful novelists are certainly not considered great writers (Danielle Steele comes to mind), so is she nevertheless considered great? John Grisham can tell a good story, but I find his writing style to be weak and the point of view in his books is often handled poorly. His books have sold in the millions and been turned into movies, but I don't think he is a great writer. If he is considered a great writer, though, it is in his genre that he is great. I doubt he could suddenly begin writing romance novels successfully.

In the end, writing cannot be over generalized. Some writers will find some categories easier than others. Some successful authors are good in their particular genres, but not necessarily great outside their genres. To expect an author to be great in all fields of writing would be like expecting a doctor to be an expert in brain surgery, heart transplants, podiatry, psychiatry, gynecology, internal medicine, and plastic surgery.

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Book Doctor Bobbie Christmas owns Zebra Communications, a book-editing firm in metro Atlanta. She not only edits books, she also helps writers power up their prose to increase their chances of success. She is the author of Write In Style (Union Square Publishing), a creative-writing guide that won three awards.

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Bobbie has spent more than 40 years in the publishing and communications industry and has run Zebra Communications, a book-editing company, since 1992. The editor of many publications and periodicals, she has worked with book publishers and trade magazine publishers as well as working in marketing communications and corporate communications.

Organizations
Past president, Georgia Writers Association; past vice president, South Carolina Writers Workshop; charter/lifelong member, Florida Writers Association; Southeastern Writers Association; Atlanta Writers Club; Society for the Preservation of English Language and Literature (SPELL); International Guild of Professional Consultants

Publications
Write in Style (Union Square Publishing), A Cup of Comfort (Adams Media Corporation), A Cup of Comfort for Friends (Adams Media), A Cup of Comfort for Mothers and Sons (Adams Media), Haunted Engounters (Atriad Press), Remembering Woolworth's (St. Martin's Press), First-Time Home Buyer magazine, HomeBusiness Journal, Apparel Industry Magazine, Edge Magazine, Atlanta Jewish Times, Time Travel Australia, American Writers Review, Points North, That's Entertainment, Atlanta Parent, Agnes Scott Alumnae Magazine, etc.

Education/Credentials
Journalism: University of South Carolina plus four decades of working in publishing, marketing, communications, advertising, newspaper and magazine production, book publishing, etc.

Awards and Honors
First Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers Annual Contest, 2005; First Place, education, Royal Palm Literary Award, 2004; Best in Division, Georgia Author of the Year Awards, 2005; Finalist, Best Books 2005, USA BookNews Third Place, nonfiction, Georgia Writers, 1999; Nominated for Georgia Author of the Year, 1998; plus many other awards

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Capital Books, Sourcebooks, Olin Frederick, The Writer's Machine, Russell Dean & Company, Outskirts Press, and hundreds of writers.

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