I know I’ve not just hit a wall – but put my damn fool head through the thing when I find myself turning to facebook and twitter. Two bits of social media I avoid like bill collectors on any constructive writing day, I find both sites to be huge time sinks, but when I’m having trouble facing the blank pages of my manuscript suddenly updating both seem like really really good ideas.
Updating either is actually the opposite of a good idea though. As much as I love interacting with all my fan/friends and presenting the best possible facebook/twitter experience doing so is almost a full time job in itself. I’m sure everyone would be happier with me spending my time battling with the manuscript so they can read the books that much sooner.
When you’ve hit a wall…
Every day is an adventure as a novelist and I’m completely in love with it – but every now and again something tugs at my heart strings and reminds me there are things I miss about NOT being a novelist. There aren’t many things, which is why this list is so short, but they are pretty big. Things that remind me that taking the step from lazy hobbyist to full time novelist was really a major lifestyle change wrapped up in the easy to swallow package of living my dream.
So I’ve realized that there’s a pretty big desire amongst my readers for more reviews of skill books. I’ve got quite a few of these books on the shelves, some I’ve read from cover to cover over and over again, some led me down a bad path and a very, very few have been both interesting and useful like The Art & Craft of Fiction: A Practitioner’s Manual.
I’m going to correct my mistake starting today with the (in)famous “The Elements of Style” by William Strunk Jr. and E.B. White.
By this point I’ve probably said it before and even if I haven’t, in your quest to become better writers I’m sure you’ve seen it. The phrase “give yourself permission to write poorly” goes hand in hand with the only rule being a writer really has: write every day.