Do you know how bad you stink?
If not, read “How to Write a Damn Good Novel by James N. Frey. Jon Gibbs is at least the tenth person who has mentioned this book. I need to get off my butt and get a copy.
Here’s what Jon had to say, taking into account what he learned from this book:
Realize that you stink. It’s okay to stink, but once you realize just how awful you are, you need to find out what you need to learn to get better, or just up and quit.
Some people just like to write for personal reasons and don’t want to get published – like those “too much description” people. Yes, you are writing beautiful prose, but it is probably not marketable prose within the boundaries of today’s buying trends – you need to pull the reader in right away with action.
So, if you are one of those “epic setting” people, that’s fine. If that is what you want to do, go for it. Just don’t expect a huge financial reward at the end of your rainbow.
Realistically, there is no pot of gold at the end of most writing rainbows, so if you are not committed to this because you love to write, chances are you will be sorely disappointed.
However, there are a handful of authors every year who shock everyone and take a roller-coaster ride to the top.
Who knows? It might be you.
Note: The above are Jon Gibb’s main speaking points, with my rambling opinions attached.
Jon Gibbs is the author of one of my son’s favorite books: FUR-FACE, which was nominated for a Crystal Kite Award.
Jon is an Englishman transplanted to New Jersey, USA, where he is an ‘author in residence’ at Lakehurst Elementary School. Jon is the founding member of The New Jersey Author’s Network and FindAWritingGroup.com.
Jon blogs at jongibbs.livejournal.com
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