How To Write A Book

by Frost on December 8, 2011

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iqhxiyxki December 26, 2011 at 3:28 pm
Andy December 16, 2011 at 5:36 am

“The first draft is always shit!” – Ernest Hemingway

Good advice on writing and publishing. Hey, why don’t you add a nicely designed banner ad for your book on the blog?

Athanasius-John Nkomo December 11, 2011 at 3:23 pm

Self=publishing is a waste of money! Only the Publisher fains not the author. You are desperate for money. So you are crafting to those who are also desperate to publishing their books. Why you alway want to gain yourself and not others? Be fair. Both sides have need to earn money. When the book sales, you still want to earn royalty.

Aaron Sleazy December 9, 2011 at 6:52 pm

Jack,
I prefer quality over quantity any day of the week. Writing is not like bricklaying, after all. Your 50,000 words draft might be insipid and bland, but what if you spent one year on it, or two years, to refine it?

Jack Dublin December 9, 2011 at 10:02 pm

The point of it isn’t to churn out anything good. It is to churn something out.
1) People who are daunted by writing are so focused on getting the word count up that they don’t stress over making it well written.
2) A deadline counteracts procrastination tendencies.
3)Hemingway said the first draft of anything is shit.
4) Nothing is stopping an author from turning 50000 words of garbage into a bestseller, just takes time and multiple drafts.

Obviously spending time on a piece is necessary to refine and polish it, but for neophytes or just someone with a mental block, the most important thing to do is sit down and start writing.
Also, if you start from the position of spending a year on a story, there is the chance of crippling perfectionism. After spending one hectic month on a story, what does the author care if someone criticizes it.

Frost December 9, 2011 at 10:20 pm

I actually just had a conversation with a friend about this. For aspiring writers, the perfect is often the enemy of the good. I like NaNoWriMo because it gives you an excuse to write something you’re not 100% proud of. It’s kind of like what Roosh advocates for men with approach anxiety – build up the likelihood of failure in your head, accept that when you go talk to the girl, she is going to throw her drink in your face, pull your pants down and laugh at your dick, etc. The eventual goal of writing is to produce quality, but producing quantity is often a prerequisite to that. To start anything, you gotta accept that you’re going to suck at first.

One of my muay thai trainers recently said that I take criticism very well, and that a lot of guys don’t learn very quickly because they take corrections personally. I don’t really get how someone can have an ego about a skill they don’t even have yet. In some ways, I still consider F25 a ‘practice blog’ and I try to stay emotionally detached from how successful it is.

Frost December 9, 2011 at 10:21 pm

Having written my previous comment, I’ll also add that there’s no point to doing anything, writing especially, if you aren’t aspiring to be great. I recommend writers churn out crap because it’s a step along the road to excellence, not because I think writing a crappy book is a valid end in itself.

jeff December 10, 2011 at 9:06 am

Aaron,

You missed the #1 point above. Write, write and write. Did Nanowrimo twice. The first time burned out after two weeks, did not do enough outlining prep work. Finished the second one. Its crap. Working on the editing every now and then.

Jack Dublin December 9, 2011 at 3:20 pm

For anyone that is interested in writing fiction I’d recommend National Novel Writing Month (nanowrimo.org). Fifty-thousand words in one month. It should give one an idea of whether or not writing is something to follow. Or it could be one month of self-torture and an important lesson.

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