Ever feel like you just don’t understand the “rules” of the writing world? And no one is providing the help you need? Maybe it is a little like this video of an American who just doesn’t understand the rules…
Fun Fridays – August 30, 2013
Ever feel like you just don't understand the "rules" of the writing world? And no one is providing the help you need? Maybe it is a little like this video of an American who just doesn't understand the rules...
Patti Jo Moore
How FUNNY!! Thanks for the Friday morning laughs! 🙂
Patti Jo, I agree!
There might be something to learn from his flash card method though. His advice on trying to link what we don’t know to what we do know might work. Heck, he’s confident he can beat the Dallas Cowboys, the Dallas Cowboys, and Jennifer Lawrence. Hmmm, I wonder…
Well, at least I’m not that clueless to the writing game. Close but not that bad. Actually the best thing I did, other than join the ACFW, read all the books, and try writing several novels was to hire a Critique-Editor with a lot of patience and learn how the editing game works one-to-one with her.
I write a chapter, do some self editing, tightening. Then send to her. Wait, read her comments and line by line instructions. Give it a second whack and linger on it for twice as much time as I put in the first time. Then send it back. And wait for the feedback.
May take a longer time getting what I was (a completed potential ms) but what I learn in the process is priceless. And learning from Colleen Coble, Sandra Brown and others I should edit and have my books edited 4 times before I submit to a publisher to edit another 3 or more times makes the process real and worth the investments.
I don’t want to self publish my first draft in ebook form, don’t want my agent (to be) to see anything but my best work, and then in the solicitation to the publisher (I have) interested in good (and teachable) new authors. It means a lot of humble pie and exchanging an old comfortable worn out of fashion coat for a new one but its worth every second of 1, 2, and 3 revisions as I learn how to take my weaknesses and make them better and learn what my strengths are to acknowledge I have learned from those who have taught well.
Best news is that nobody sits down at a computer and writes a perfect novel on the first draft. I think it was Michener who once said “I’m not a good writer but a better rewriter.” I’m learning to become one too. Thanks for a great post of what not to be in the coach who did not have a clue of the rules.
LOL I think the third kind of football he needs to look at is rugby – all the action of American football, but without the padding 😉 Just don’t let him coach for the 2016 Olympics Rugby Sevens – http://rio2016.com/en/the-games/olympic/sports/rugby – different rules again 😉
Rules aside, I’m reminded of how authors acknowledge it takes a team effort to write a book. And in that regard, it’s also like sports.