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October 2nd, 2006

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SEVEN NOXIOUS, NEGATIVE NOTIONS THAT GET IN THE WAY OF YOUR WRITING

Some words of advice to writers from Barbara D'Amato.
 
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From:dafne99
Date:October 3rd, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
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Good stuff. I had a completely different idea about #7, though. I always thought my manuscript had to be completely perfect, discounting the job of the editor completely. Keeping in mind that there are people whose jobs are to make things perfect, takes a little added pressure off of me.
I've got a great idea for a novel and am puttering around with it a bit in my creative writing class. I thought maybe if I just get some stuff down on paper for NaNoWriMo about it then I can go back through it later to glean good from bad and hopefully put something together that is interesting. I do not plan to write my first novel in one month, though.
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From:john_holton
Date:October 3rd, 2006 11:48 am (UTC)
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Hemingway once said that the first draft of anything is shit. I don't look for the product of NaNo to be a masterpiece ready to send out; I look for it to be a shitty first draft (as Ann Lamott would say) and take it from there. I'll do the 50K words in November, let it sit for a month, and go back to it, clean it up, double it in size (a typical paperback is about 90K words), and repeat from the "let it sit" step until I have it where I want it to be. I've found that's the key to it: work on it until you don't think you can do any more (or until doing more will kill it) and send it out.
From:dafne99
Date:October 3rd, 2006 01:09 pm (UTC)
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That was pretty much just exactly what I had in mind.

Chief Jack's Galley

There's a place for people who laugh at nothing...