Thursday, January 20, 2011
There really is another way, Terri
Don’t roll your eyes, please.
But I think I’ve finally gotten it.
What’s that? you ask.
Books on the writing craft.
Yeah, you read that correctly. I haven’t always understood what other writers have written about writing fiction.
I feel like Virginia. Yes, Terri, there really is a better way to learn how to write. Try it. Cut the shortcuts. Study the pros. Realize you won’t get it by osmosis.
I’ve been reading another good book on writing this week and as I go through it, I’m seeing the pieces come together. It IS important to understand pacing, and plot structure, and characterization. The list goes on and on.
So no more shortcuts here. I’m done being lazy or lax or someone who thinks it will come any other way. It won’t. At least not in my lifetime.
What shortcuts have you taken in hopes of getting published?