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Lesson (Sort of) Learned

Discussion in 'Writing Discussions' started by Philip Overby, Jan 14, 2014.

  1. Philip Overby

    Philip Overby Staff Article Team

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    Brian Staveley, whose debut The Emperor's Blades came out today, shared some lessons he learned about writing on his blog. They're Chuck Wendig-esque (some foul language) but pretty funny and very true (in my opinion) in many regards.

    This isn't a "follow these rules" post, but just some lessons a writer has learned before his debut novel was released.

    Lesson (sort-of) Learned | Brian Staveley
     
  2. Devor

    Devor Fiery Keeper of the Hat Moderator

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    ^ People need to learn this one first hand.
     
  3. A. E. Lowan

    A. E. Lowan Forum Mom Leadership

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    This...

    I keep running into writers who won't eat until they finish the line/scene/chapter and by then they're dying. What's with that?
     
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  4. AnneL

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    Finishing the scene or whatever is so much less work than making lunch.
     
  5. ThinkerX

    ThinkerX Myth Weaver

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    Hmm...

    Fortunately, I'm not really a coffee drinker.

    Must be doing something right. I've cut lots of scenes.

    Hmmm...well, if it works...

    Spent the holidaze putting stuff on disk as part of the computer changeover. Does that count?

    I've considered zombies a few times. Not real high on the priority list, though.

    If you say so.

    No, I KNOW my prose has issues. Even after editing.

    Yes, I do other things besides write.

    I might look into 'tweeting' someday. Seems like a passing fad to me.

    Hey, I came by my Facebook page by accident. I check it maybe once a week, if that.

    Don't do much of this anymore.

    No blog, either.

    Been there, done that. More than once. Something like 30,000 words with an 'alu-fiend' as a pivotal character.

    very true

    Gee, you mean I gotta get an agent?

    And you know this how?

    Nah, she grew up, moved out...and then moved back in. What I gotta worry about is a possible grandbaby.

    Dang, you mean I need an agent AND an editor?

    yep

    been halfway there and done that a time or two

    But it sounded so catchy...

    First an agent, then an editor, and now a wife? Sheesh...

    true

    That's your scene, not mine.
     
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  6. j.k.m

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    Hahahahahaha . . I think I will be following the attitude expressed in the un-numbered comments . . .
     
  7. skip.knox

    skip.knox toujours gai, archie Moderator

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    #4: Backup? Save to the cloud, you dolt. Which century are you living in?

    #21: Yeah, absolutely this. Very depressing.

    "I wrote a scene in which a young monk is whipped while trying to paint a thrush"
    Wouldn't the thrush just fly away?
     
  8. JCFarnham

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    That guy sure likes cutting stuff.

    If there's decent bloody reason then great, go right ahead, otherwise think about it harder. And maybe a bit more for good measure. Be clever.
     
  9. Ban

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    1. It is never a good idea to drink five cups of coffee before noon.


    I politely disagree :)





    6. One beer might help the creative process. One. O. N. E. 1.


    Surely 2 wouldn't hurt? What about 3?






    24. Even if the book is a steaming turd, it doesn’t matter. You have wonderful friends and wonderful family, people who don’t really want to handle a steaming turd, but will do so if necessary and keep loving you at the same time.


    Ah yes, the basis of friendship. Handling eachothers steaming turds
     
  10. psychotick

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    Hi,

    What does he mean it's never a good thing to drink five cups of coffee before noon? I drink five cups before breakfast!

    Cheers, Greg
     
  11. Incanus

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    Slowpoke--I drink six before even getting out of bed!
     
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