“The more you read, the less apt you are to make a fool of yourself with your pen or word processor. i.e., [laptop]”
Saturday, November 26, 2022
Monday, November 14, 2022
Per Writing a Novel, there are [at least] five (5) traits your characters should possess:
#1 Physical Appearance
Does your reader know your character's eye color?
#2 Psychological Makeup
Is your character a melancholy introvert or a sunny extrovert?
#3 Cultural Influences
Is your character a cultured New Yorker or an unrefined hillbilly?
#4 Moral Compass
Is your character cautious or "free" slash uninhibited?
#5 Social Contacts
Does your character live in SoHo or SoBro?
Tuesday, November 1, 2022
There are, at least, three ways to spice up of your novel's plot:
- Make a Shift by having a scene go from superb to super bad or vice versa
- Expect the Unexpected by having something totally unpredictable appear
- Have a Eureka Moment by having your hero figure out something that was completely overlooked earlier in the novel
Monday, October 17, 2022
With inspiration from Writing a Novel, I've compiled Three Ways to Develop Your Writing Style:
1. Expand your vocabulary by reading prolifically, and make Thesaurus.com your friend
2. Don’t copy, but be inspired by your favorite author. And make an annotation when you read something that’s especially stylish
3. But do not overly focus on style, because having an engaging story is, in the end, more important
Monday, October 10, 2022
Inspired by Alice Sudlow's piece "10 Obstacles to Writing a Book and How to Conquer Them" posted on The Write Practice, I'm sharing four (4) obstacles to writing a novel slash book:
Fear of writing can be overcome by having a purpose, because your desire to share your message should be stronger than your fear of failure
To manage your writing time, you may want to start by writing 30 minutes per day - everyday, which will come to about 15 hours per month
To avoid finding fault with your writing, don’t edit during your 1st draft; however, do a brain dump and edit during subsequent draft(s)
4. Writer’s Block
To unblock your writing, write about something you’ve read, seen, heard and/or experienced and use your imagination and writing skills to turn that into art
Monday, September 26, 2022
Per Writing a Novel, there are (at least) three ways to end a novel:
#1 The protagonist wins and consequently the antagonist loses
#2 The protagonist loses but becomes a better person
#3 The antagonist wins but, end the end, becomes a better person as well
Overall, the endings are positive, which is similar to Seth Godin's stance, but contradictory to Nabokov's, that there should be a(n) (altruistic) message in writing.
Seth Godin related that a writer's goal should be: "[...] marketing and idea spreading, working every day to deliver your message with authority [via writing]."
Sunday, September 11, 2022
Writing books is better than pimping. In fact, it's better than being a doctor or a lawyer. I don't have to go to court, I don't have to go to the hospital to perform an operation. I have no equipment...I don't even need paper; I'll write on the walls. All of my equipment [tapping his head] is in my noggin. And another thing; writing has been a wonderful boon for me, psychologically. The vacuum of ego that existed when I could no longer pimp has been filled most adequately.
[...] I've been able to do what any artist must do if he's to rule the greatest possible audience - and that is to bare his emotional structure to the bone [...] That is, I have overridden my inhibitions so I can confess. It springs from the soul, brother. So many people are dying and crying out to confess. But they lack the courage.
Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Like aspiring actors who, for obvious reasons, move to LA, a number of aspiring writers move or desire to move to NYC to be near other writers and (potential) agents and publishers, but, per Nebraska born novelist Willa Cather, storehouses of literary material can be found anywhere - even in Nebraska or a pigpen. Cather reportedly advised:
Of course Nebraska is a storehouse of literary material. Everywhere is a storehouse of literary material. If a true #artist were born in a pigpen and raised in a sty, he would still find plenty of inspiration for his work. The only need is the eye to see.
However, it must be noted that Cather moved to NYC at the age of 33 and lived here until she died at the age of 73.
Monday, August 1, 2022
Anne Marie Pace advised:
"Set goals that you have control over—you can’t set a goal to win an award or to reach a certain level of sales. You can have a goal to write the best books you can."
And I would add that, like Seth Godin related, an additional writer's goal should be to be an altruistic writer:
"[...] marketing and idea spreading, working every day to deliver your message with authority [via writing]."
Thus, go forth and write good books that spread beneficial ideas.
Wednesday, July 6, 2022
talent x effort = skillskill x effort = achievement
[...] talent [without effort] is quite irrelevant. I see instead perseverance, application [...] will, will, will, desire, desire, desire.