Good writing is both what one does and does not say…

Lazy day…ย sharing 2 quotes about indie writing/publishing and books:

1. โ€œI think of book development like cooking spaghetti. There are many ways to cook it, but the basic ingredients should be present: the pasta, and the sauce, and the cheese topping! If youโ€™re a fabulous cook, and you plan on selling spaghetti to earn extra income, it should be obvious to you that there are a lot of other places where it is sold, and you would have to convince people that your spaghetti is better than the others. Youโ€™d do this by making sure that the noodles are perfectly al dente, the sauce is tasty, and to give it an edge, youโ€™d make it cheesier, put it in a nice container, and maybe add a sprig of parsley on top to add to the appeal. You wouldnโ€™t serve it on the floor and tell people to go on and taste it because itโ€™s truly delicious, and that you have slaved for many hours perfecting the taste.

Packaging and appearances are important, as much as the taste. In publishing, you could be the next great writer, but if you donโ€™t present your words in the most appealing way possible, especially in this highly competitive industry, I doubt anyone would bother to read it except your friends and family, if at all.โ€ Eeva Lancaster “Being Indie: A No Holds Barred, Self Publishing Guide for Indie Authors”ย 

DAMN! Now I have to learn how to cook a proper spaghetti! ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜…

2. โ€œLet the readers do some of the work themselves…โ€ Fyodor Dostoyevsky

I love that! Dostoevsky is my bro, yo! Some facts about him:

  1. Finished a novel (191 pages, ready to publish) in 3 weeks – “The Gambler”.
  2. He was a mix of Dorian Gray and 50 shades of Grey, in real life… – (dominance/bondage/sadism/masochism). His nick name – ‘Marquis de Sade’.
  3. He was very jealous man (married to a very young girl).
  4. He suffered from epilepsy.ย 
  5. Nabokov hated Dostoevsky and his writing.ย 

And now – check reviews about Ray’s books ๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ˜‰

A functioning book addict blog –ย Book Review about “Dulcinea”

HJ book blog –ย Book review for “Absurd”


Next post – “The Pearl Territory”, ch 22 – #dialogue (short version, 1000 words)ย 


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45 Responses

  1. masercot says:

    I like both Nabakov and Dostoevsky… Good thing the three of us were never in the same room together…

  2. alexraphael says:

    Itโ€™s funnt when famous writers hate the work other famous writers. Henry James wasnโ€™t a fan of Austen is one of my favourites. And very food advice. That was supposed to say good but Iโ€™m keeping it in because that works too haha.

  3. robertcday says:

    I guess the problem is that people try to put their pasta sauce on pencils and then try to write with spaghetti sticks.
    I know, I know – that’s not the real problem, but we are beautiful all the same.
    Well, one of us is.

  4. Fiery says:

    What a freakin’ AMAZING analogy for writing. It is so so true!
    And listen babe, I will eat your tasty spaghetti over MANY MANY other bland and tasteless flops of cheesy ‘meh’ pasta in the world!

    Is it just me or …I kind of like Dostoyevsky a bit more now after those little factoids!

    Anyway. Your posts are a ray of sunshine, whatever the subject.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Thank you ๐Ÿ’•โ˜€๏ธโ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿ˜ agreed about analogy with pasta :))

      โ€œIn a sea of strangers
      Ray is sailing slowly, through the time
      To your hearts.โ€

      Dostoevsky died at 59. Very young… think how many cool books heโ€™d write if he lived to 75…

  5. 3 weeks? Jesus.
    Off to put water on for spaghetti.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Ah, just imagine- 12 books a year lol and all of them just as wonderful as โ€œThe Gamblerโ€ ๐Ÿง๐Ÿง๐Ÿง

      I have to write more quickly damn! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

  6. Book selling and spagetti go hand in hand. Cold tasteless books and cold tasteless spagatti leave the same impression. YUK. Good one, VR.

  7. Sorryless says:

    You on it!

    Going al dente, then put it al frente and let the flavors do their thing.

  8. Now I am in two minds, should I boil water for spaghetti or start on my novel? ๐Ÿค”
    Maybe work on my novel while eating spaghetti!

  9. iScriblr says:

    What n AWESOME analogy for writing! As always – you so WISE! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  10. anne leueen says:

    He hated Dostoevsky! And hated his writing! That is the kind of little factoid that i love to find. Thanks for that and the other snippets about Nabokov.

  11. kinkyacres says:

    Marquis, me and spaghetti with dried chili flakes!! Could it get any better! Seriously Victoria, you have such an array of mind drops!

  12. I’ve been told many times about how important presentation is – with the words themselves. Now I’m wondering about book covers. As you say, the packaging. Since the modern human brain only has an attention span of 8 seconds, how do you grab one’s attention ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Exactly ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ plus a lot of people (especially younger generation) never read any classics – and all they know is โ€œgreat book coverโ€ & โ€œcool synopsisโ€ :)) I guess thatโ€™s the key + simple text…with lots of romance ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚ and hot bodies

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