My Main Goal is to Write Well ~ Joan Hall Hovey

Today is day 31. The last day of the blog challenge I started on January 26. I want to end with a bang. With words a lovely and wonderful Canadian author said to me.

My husband and I took a drive about two hours out of town yesterday afternoon. We stopped in to visit a very dear writer friend. In New Brunswick, Joan Hall Hovey is known as the queen of suspense. A title worn by American author, Mary Higgins Clark. Both Joan and I have read many of Clark’s books. In fact, she was one of my first inspirations.

Joan and I talked about a variety of topics… what story I was working on… conferences… editors and publishers… Amazon and Kobo. The topic suddenly veered to what we want to gain out of our writing. What we expect. What we want to achieve.

Some writers want fame. Others want fortune. Many hope to see their titles on the bestsellers’ list. Others want their books to become the next blockbuster movie. A mere few however, simply want to spread their message, bring joy into someone’s heart, and put a smile on their face. 

Earlier in this challenge I blogged about why I write suspense,using recurring themes and topics (deafness and faith) into my stories. I also talked about why I write. It is a God-given desire, and something I absolutely love to do.

But as I listened to Joan, she said something that made me realize I write for something much more important. She said she wanted a number of things to do with her writing, but,

“my main goal is to write well.

Joan Hall Hovey


I can write all sorts of stories, no matter the genre, which to me is so much fun. But if I don’t write well, can I actually hope people will buy and read my books? Can I expect those who do to spread a good word? Whether good or bad, word of mouth goes a long way. 

Joan’s beautiful words of wisdom stuck with me. Now I know what I want. It is to write well

How do we do that? How do we learn to write well? The answer lies in many of the posts I’ve written over the past 31 days.

  • Go to conferences to improve and advance your skills.
  • Attend local classes and workshops to help you with the different aspects of the craft, whether it deals with editing, publishing, marketing, etc.
  • Hire an editor or at the very least, ask beta-readers to proofread your manuscript before you self-publish it.  

I have a deep desire to write, one I know God’s placed on my heart. I don’t just want to write good stories, though. I want to write well. Thanks, Joan. You’re a gem.

I end this 31-day blog challenge with a link toJoan’s website. A writer of Thriller, Suspense, Paranormal, and Mystery. Read about her. Check out her books. Find writing wisdom in her blog. Whatever you do, learn to write well.

What’s your passion? What do you want to achieve with your stories? Leave a comment below. 


3 thoughts on “My Main Goal is to Write Well ~ Joan Hall Hovey

  1. Hi Renee-Ann, I’ve just started the #my500word challenge myself and was browsing the blog links page on the challenge website before sitting down to start Day 2. It was great to read about the reason you write – to write well. I guess in a way this is why I’ve started the challenge, but I expect I’ll learn more about my goals and interests as I progress.

    Anyway, thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I’ve bookmarked your blog and will stop by to read some of the other posts in your 31 day series – perhaps as I complete my own.

    • Thanks for your comment. My ‘mistake’ if I may call it that, was to limit myself to the subject of writing. Yes there are a lot of things to talk about on the craft, but I’ll admit, I struggled on many occasions to decide what to talk about. If I may give you one piece of advice, it is to be open to different topics. Have fun with it! It is challenging but man oh man, it is a lot of fun. 😀
      Wishing you a blessed day.

  2. My passion is writing in general as being able to express myself is easier with pen and paper than verbally. To be able to reach others through my silence and have them understand how loud I can be while making sense will be such an amazing feeling.

    Thanks for the tips and for reading,

    Sarah Butland
    author of Being Grateful, Being Thankful

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