Message of the day: Don’t waste your time in thinking about the past or worrying about the future. You’ll think forever! Our thoughts are tied up with our problems and identity. Learn to let things (thoughts) go…
Today I’m working with my novel Dulcinea and The Death Code and also the book review Fields of Lies, written by talented Sabina Gabrielli Carrara. I’m going to post it on 10th May 💃☕️😉
I decided to enrol with KDP select on Amazon and in the last 3 days I sold about 50 books. Let’s hope I’ll get cool reviews (or mean and angry). I’m fully prepared for any 😭😂! #ElefantSkin
I found a mistake in my Dulcinea book cover – ouch! 😱 It is in the name of the area/city. So I have to fix it now…
I also bought yearly access to ALL the classes in ‘Masterclass’ program/app. I’m interested in the writing section only, but if I have time, I’ll try to expand my hobbies/interests.
Yesterday I listened to James Patterson’s class (non-stop), from ‘Introduction’ to ‘Marketing’, and I really liked it. Next on my list is Dan Brown, and after – Margaret Atwood.
Here’s the #takeawaykeys from James Patterson’ Masterclass:
1. Passion + habit (practice) = the real mindset of the best-selling author.
How to stay focused, motivated and productive?
PRACTICE EVERY DAY (1 hour or 2, or 10), any time of the day, find what works for you – 5 am or 11pm… Of course, nobody want to get up 5 am, but you have to FORCE yourself. Because it should be a ritual, a real routine in your life. Just like to brush your teeth, peeps.
2. Keep a special journal with examples of the raw ideas. Simply collect them as the food recipes… It will help you generate cool plots and stay away from ‘writers block’.
3. A story is about revealing the character:
- how your hero will react in a very dramatic situation?
The characters reveals through ACTIONS.
- write EVERY chapter as a FIRST CHAPTER in the book (because we pay a lot of attentions to the first chapter – we know it is important to hook the reader).
- try to write to a single reader who is sitting across the desk from you and you don’t want them to get up until you finish…
!!! Make that ‘reader’ a woman. Why? Women buy 70% of the books.
4. Do not make stuff up toooo much. Even in thrillers and fantasy…
Research! It builds your confidence and credibility. It gives you more ideas and inspire. But don’t be I-know-it-all author. Don’t shower* your reader with unnecessary details.
5. Outlining is EVERYTHING (and James Patterson’s WEAPON). Because outlining is a STORY! Simple as that.
The biggest mistake young writers make is skipping the outlining. Everything should be in your outline: all heroes and all details. Some way it is a ‘small first draft’.
James Patterson usually writers from 6 to 12 outline-drafts.
6. How to fight ‘writers block’ in the middle of the novel?
Crash through. Get it down. Write ANYWAY! A first chapter or the last one.
If all coming out flat – put ‘to be continued’ on that part and move to the next chapter/or hero. But DO NOT STOP!
7. Building a chapter.
Short and snappy. You should see and hear the scene. Each chapter is a scene …get a movie projector inside of your head.
8. The secret to suspense is…
- never ending ‘fireworks’ 😂
- know your genre (read in your genre)
- do not follow the rules
- avoid everything that had been written before you, come up with the new twists
- intrigue your reader: set up questions for your reader at the end of each chapter
9. Ending the book.
Always think “This is not only about me!” It is about me AND the reader. And hey… he (or she) is sitting right across that table, listening to you.
TRY TO SATISFY THAT ONE PERSON!
!!! James Patterson never writes the ending in the outline. He writes many endings much much later and chooses the most ‘crazy/twisty’ one… but still the one that goes with the story.
10. Getting published.
James Patterson was rejected 31 times… and now he is in the Guinness World Record as the author with the most #1 NYT best-sellers!
Everything is ahead of you. If you have a story, talent and discipline – persist and good luck ❤️🕺✌️
Interesting detail: James Patterson doesn’t write books on laptop/computer, but only in old-fashion way – pen and paper!
Quote of the day:
“…always be reading something that will make you look good; in case you die in the middle of it.”
Next post – Book Review “Fields of lies”, Sabina Gabrielli Carrara