what EVER will we talk about?
I hope you have exploited the imposed quarantines and limits to mobility as an opportunity to finish that novel you promised yourself with LAST year’s resolution…Oh? … not yet? Recycling is a good thing, we all agree, so perhaps you can recycle that resolution for 2021.
And I’m here to help. I am completing an ebook about editing and novel writing culled from 20 years of my own experience and that of other professionals. It should be available by the end of January, and an online, interactive course available shortly there-after.
Here is an excerpt from the prologue to Genius Editing: Everything you wanted to know about TEXT but were afraid to Ask! (working title, likely to change)
Why do people bother to write at all?
Think long and hard before you speculate. Reduce the enormity of the question by simply asking yourself, why do you write? Every how to writing class you could ever take will result in a paint-by-numbers manuscript if don’t know why you’re willing to walk on broken glass to free the words held hostage behind your computer screen. Without that certainty, you might fill in your canvas or fill up your word-count, but so what? What is it that writing does for you that no other pursuit can provide? When Beethoven was asked why he wrote music, he unhesitatingly answered, “To change the world.” This was not arrogance, but certainty.
Don’t reserve a table for that first dinner date with your muse until you can declare why you are possessed to write. She’s not into small talk and can spot a phony, but she’ll feel your warmth if you have fire in the belly, and will sidle up to you, and willingly offer you inspiration and the words you’ll need to seduce your readers if you’re straight with her. Be worthy of her. Let her know why you write, and why you need her company. Do this, then what to write and how to write will fall into place like stardust.
Your first revelation by engaging in the muscle-building chapters presented here will be that you have grossly underestimated your abilities to write, and to write well. I will help you tap your potential; doing so is the nexus of all successful editor/writer partnerships. And here is a startling observation, hiding in plain sight: the same amount of effort invested into mediocre work can, if properly channeled from the start, result in brilliance. Trees are pruned as they grow.
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Although 2020 set the bar pretty low, I hope you’ll agree that 2021 will be a great year for us all! Happy New Year. Be excellent!