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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Okay, so if you follow me on Twitter, you know I’m totally brain-fried right now. I’ve got less than a month and almost 70,000 words left to write to get Ransome’s Quest written/turned in. I already lost three writing days this week (Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday) due to writing/editing/revising the proposal for my next historical series. I managed to get a little more than half a chapter written Tuesday night, but then came to a critical/emotional point and needed to sleep on it. So, even though I wanted to finish the chapter Tuesday night, I decided I’d do better justice to it after a few more hours of letting it percolate through the gray matter.

Wednesday, I spent most of my work hours (the time when I’d typically be working on editorial projects, if I had any this month) working on publicity materials for my local writing group’s one-day conference as well as some of my own marketing stuff (a daily task).

So when I realized it was getting on toward evening (and I was starving) I decided to treat myself to an episode of Bones on Netflix while fixing/eating supper.

The episode starts out with Dr. Brennan on a morning news/talk show being interviewed about her book. Not being one good at small talk, of course this was humorous. Then this exchange happened:

      TV Anchor: Do you have any advice for budding authors out there?

      Bones: [long pause] Well, the first thing they should have is an idea . . . and then . . . well, first you need something to write with. [to self] They know that. [to anchor] Obviously . . . you need a writing instrument . . . and you need an idea. I’m just not sure which should . . . come first.

Sooooo funny.

So here’s your task today. What’s the most obvious piece of advice you can give about writing a book?

For example:

First, you need to know what words are.

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  1. Thursday, July 8, 2010 7:22 am

    I {heart} Bones. I’ve been re-watching some of the episodes on Netflix too.


  2. Jennifer Elerick permalink
    Thursday, July 8, 2010 8:42 am

    You need to know that being a writer is what you are meant to be.


  3. Thursday, July 8, 2010 8:48 am

    Just remember that Carrot-Top was able to get published.


  4. Thursday, July 8, 2010 1:03 pm

    The words have to leave your head.


  5. Thursday, July 8, 2010 6:05 pm

    You have to be able to spell words and string them together into coherent sentences and paragraphs.


  6. Thursday, July 8, 2010 7:36 pm

    Don’t do it solo. You need the support of your peers and critique partners.


  7. Monday, July 12, 2010 6:36 pm

    If you’re a hunt and peck typist, it’s going to take a while. Try to learn touch-typing! It will vastly speed up the writing process and you won’t forget as many words. (note I said “as many”)


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