Mistakes you make … 

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: 

  1. 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. 

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42 Responses

  1. Thank you for your inputs on Honey Ko. I made some changes based on them 🙂

  2. Excellent post! I love a good inspirational post like this one.

  3. George F. says:

    Great synopysis, thanks for sharing. Will I follow the advice. Dunno. But will store into consciousness. I’ll read some of those books you recommended as well. Stop by. Old post gone. New post up.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Lol I never used a single advice so far …but I’m def good at “compression & economy” 🙂 anyway, most important- listen & learn, but do your thing* 🙂

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      I didn’t recommend 🙂 I just said currently reading = this week. But at least 1 on the list is worth reading lol

  4. Write all the time. Writing, writing, writing…..Making mistakes, will edit later.

  5. Thanks for sharing your lessons, Victoria Ray

  6. Tom Burton says:

    Lovely advice, Victoria! 😀

  7. librepaley says:

    Atwood+Gaiman: dream team. Thank you for condensing this advice for us, all good stuff – though the publisher hanging on for one’s next work may be another dream. ‘Nobody Wants to Read Your Shit’ makes the must-get list – it’s a lesson in finding good titles in itself.

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      Haha I actually finished “Nobody wants to read your shit” 🙂 and started “The Story Grid” (a book written by editor). Both books are quite interesting, especially for those who unfamiliar with story building/analysis & rules of the market 🙂

      • Humm, sounds interesting. I just recently read the first chapter of a book that a friend illustrated. The artwork is good, but the writing – that title captures it. Shit. Prolonged irrelevant descriptions. I’ll have to check out that book.

      • Victoria Ray NB says:

        Writing is a difficult thing… it is so many writers nowadays- look, even me 😂✌️.
        About “shit” book – it’s mostly about his own path, to writing and publishing (thru work in movie industry). Quite short read. “The Story Grid” is more to the point – about commercial/literary fiction, publishing world and story analysis:)

      • Writing and hooking readers is tough. I will check out “The Story Grid” – thanks for the tip !

      • Victoria Ray NB says:


  8. Thank you so much. Loved this. Made me smile

  9. alexraphael says:

    Forget TED talks. I want RAY talks!

  10. alexraphael says:

    If I meet you in person I’m totally using that Ray of Sunshine line btw

    • Victoria Ray NB says:

      It’s fine 🙂 i do it all the time. I believe I’m a sunny one haha
      Night 👋

  11. InspiresN says:

    Lovely and inspirational post! Thanks for sharing.

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