The writer learns to write, in the last resort, only by writing. He must get words onto paper even if he is dissatisfied with them. A young writer must cross many psychological barriers to acquire confidence in his capacity to produce good work—especially his first full-length book—and he cannot do this by staring at a piece of blank paper, searching for the perfect sentence. ~ PAUL JOHNSON
Awoke to another morning of steady rain in Portland. Which makes it a good day to work at my desk ( since my garden is drowning)once the day's obligations are over. That said, here are few tidbits you might have missed that I want to pass along. How to get Media Coverage for Your Book by Ken Brosky is here. This article includes places to submit a press release.
For those of you writing nonfiction, here's a gold mine of fabuloso advice on that knotty topic Practical Tips on Writing a Book from 23 Brilliant Authors over at http://blogs.plos.org/neurotribes. Here is a sample from Carl Zimmer author of A Planet of Viruses, The Tangled Bank, and Brain Cuttings.
- Do as much research as possible away from the Internet — with living people, in real places.
- Be ready to organize vast amounts of data. Use a wall, or software like Scrivener.
- Be ready to amputate entire chapters. It will be painful.
My Quick Take for the day: collect colors. Scrounge color charts in paint stores and hardware stores, art supply stores. Keep looking around and ask yourself the exact color of everything you see in nature, clothing, architecture.
Keep dreaming, keep writing, have heart