Nicholas Sparks for The Daily Beast: My Favorite Mistake

September 18th, 2011

The Daily Beast

My Favorite Mistake

Sep 18, 2011 10:00 AM EDT

Nicholas Sparks on failing to finish a novel.

My favorite mistake is when I start a novel before I’m ready to write the novel. It’s happened a couple of times in my career. After I wrote Message in a Bottle, I started a book called The Best Man. I thought I had most of the story in my mind, and I got two thirds of the way through. It was only then that I realized I shouldn’t have started it at all. Last year I had a novel that ended up in the catalog for Grand Central Publishing called Saying Good-Bye. It was never published.  Read More…