Allow yourself to make mistakes. There will always be times in your life when you fail, but you can make that failure into a success by choosing to learn from it. Tomorrow is another day. Try again. Avina Celeste
Here’s the lesson to learn – #takeawaykeys (Masterclass: Atwood + Gaiman united)
1. Know your hero. Make a sheet for each character (his or her life month by month).
2. Research after outline or plotting, because the research usually takes very long time. It is easier to make outline/plotting first, and then research as you go…
3. Compression and economy! No-one interested to read endless dialogues or descriptions of the house on 5-6 pages. We know, you’ve done your research! Now – ‘compress’ all you’ve got!
4. Editing. You have to wait between edits. You CAN NOT edit straight away. The most important – try to forget about the story, heroes and read after 2,3 weeks with a new eyes – the eyes of the reader.
5. Short story – is like the last chapter of the novel (it should be THAT exciting!)
6. In general, write all the time. You should have ‘the next novel’ 80% ready”, if the publisher or an agent will ask for it.
7. If you can write a very long email (or post) about writing block – you probably just one lazy brat!
Mistakes don’t make you a failure, but beating yourself up makes you feel like one. Frank Sonnenberg
I’m currently reading:
- Backwards: Returning to Our Source for Answers, Nanci L. Danison – on goodreads
- As we know, death is a part of life, but still we, the mortals, are fearing to die. Read this book – it will calm you down and give you a new kind of purpose to live and die with a smile on your face.
2. Seven Mohave Myths, Alfred Louis Kroeber – on goodreads
- a very special book, NOT for everybody. But if you think you aren’t “everybody” …go ahead, try it. The book is written by anthropologist, and in general a very long boring myth/song from Mohave clan. I’m planning to use it (plot) in one of my stories (for Absurd book #2).
Yeah, that’s how Ray roll… – stealing without shame 😂
3. Broadland (DI Tanner #1), David Blake – on goodreads
- I don’t know what to say… I’m 22 % through and nothing happened yet. Let’s hope the author is a fan of 20/80 rule and there are only chills and thrills ahead of me.
4. “Nobody wants to read your shit”, Steven Pressfield
- with a truly adorable and simple truths behind the cover: “People don’t want to read. They hate your books. They hate ads. And, of course, they hate you for selling them your damn story.” So how to get under the skin of that spoiled vicious reader? #takeawaykeys on the way…
Have a good day! 💃☕️✌️
And my next post, book review will be posted 21 or 22 may.