Archive for November 2011
As Melanie McDonagh wrote in The London Evening Standard in 2008, there’s one thing people remember after reading Malcolm Gladwell‘s book titled “Outliers” – the figure 10,000 hours. Not everyone agrees with his premise that success requires 10,000 hours of practice. But I think most will admit that success requires hard work – and lots of it.
I’ve heard that for writers, the 10,000 hours translates into 1,000,000 words. Yikes! A bit daunting, huh. But as with anything, the journey begins with the first step – or the first word. The more you write and the more you edit and refine your work, the better you’ll become at writing. Endless practice works for Olympic champions. It’ll work for you, too.
Happy writing! Becky
Saw this quote in a recent Writer’s Digest: “No matter how good you may think your verbiage is, cut it out if it doesn’t advance the plot and build up the climax.” Laurence D’Orsay (Writer’s Digest, 1929)
1929 was a long time ago, but Mr. D’Orsay’s words are still true. In fact, I believe his advice is even more valuable in this day of action-filled books and movies. I’ve experienced the pain of cutting my best writing from stories because that’s all it was, great writing (in my humble opinion, ha) that did nothing to “advance the plot” and “build up the climax.”
Despite all the cutting of beautiful and not-so-beautiful words, my novel “Winds of Wyoming” finally found its way to the publisher last weekend. Should be available in eBook format in time for Christmas shopping!