For now, best to include stuff from my book...let me know if you enjoy these bits and pieces.
From: Eight Things You Need to Know to Write a Novel:
I highly recommend Anne Lamott’s - Bird by Bird and Stephen King’s - On Writing, for inspiration and honest, succinct lessons. Add to your library, The Chicago Manual of Style and Thanks, But This Isn’t For Us, by Editor, Jessica Page Morrell. (She tells it like it is from the publishing world of rejections). Yes, we can hone our craft. No, not everyone has the innate ability to produce good fiction.
Each morning, with our first cup of coffee in hand, we formulate our plans for the day. This is true with homemakers, mothers, fathers, some students, businessmen and multi-millionaires. My hunch is that many world leaders make plans over their morning Joe.
But this is in the real world ─ your muse is other-worldly and he’ll wake you in the middle of the night, slap a brilliant concept into your groggy brain and when you can’t remember it the next day, he’ll pout you both into a creative stupor.
Does a literary muse exist? Ask many famous authors, including Stephen King, who claims to have an evil, demanding elf residing in a hole beneath his desk. Other writers love to share stories of a muse who whispers in their ear. Muse share the essence of our creative subconscious. They are ruthless, driving, honest, forthright, and they refuse to be ignored.
But if, for the moment, you’d rather not place your writing career in the hands of a mythical being, and you choose to ignore (at your own risk) the voice of that mystical inner voice, you’re probably asking yourself a more practical question like:
What do I really know about the craft of writing a novel?
To be an avid reader does not a novelist make. Whether you excelled in school writing courses or not, there are nevertheless fundamentals that we’ve forgotten, overlooked, or just didn’t get in the first place. As with any profession, there is a common structure or skeleton, if-you-will, made up of basics. We may think we know these things about creating a work of fiction, but veteran authors will beg to differ. We must...and there are few exceptions...fulfill our due diligence.
Now that you are prepared to commit to the muse, the next question arises. Where do I begin?
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