Lousy First Draft: You’re Missing the Point

Everyone loves to talk about the lousy first draft.

Nearly everyone gets it wrong.

Yes, ignore spelling, punctuation, grammar in your first draft.

But also ignore everything you know about writing except this: tell your story.

The primary purpose of writing without stopping, spewing an unrefined first draft, is to not give yourself time to edit, even to think.

Only time to feel.

… more … “Lousy First Draft: You’re Missing the Point”

Favorite Bits of Storytelling Advice, and Questioning Maslow

Art Holcomb posting at Larry Brooks’ StoryFix blog: Smart list of 20 things you may not have thought about when writing. I particularly like #5. How ’bout you?

photo http://www.sxc.hu/photo/1242703 by Leonardo Barbosa http://www.sxc.hu/profile/leonardobc

Steven Pressfield: Blowing Off Maslow Here’s my take: we often confuse our “wants” with Maslow’s “needs.” Where Maslow says “food” we want to read “eating out” or at least “eating well.” Where Maslow says “shelter” we see a 3-car garage, or at least, a home we own rather than rent.

Maslow was right. We just twist his research into excuses not to do the work of making art. But go read the article at Steve’s site and see what you think.

What Story Are You Telling About the Book You’re Selling?

Stories sell.

Specifically, simple unexpected concrete credible emotional stories sell. (Oh, look; the acronym for that would be — well, you can sort it I’m sure.)

In 2007 Chip and Dan Heath published Made to Stick, a fun, easy-reading scientific study of the power of storytelling as a tool for persuasion. SUCCESS is their acronym (though they always leave the “sell” S off and I don’t know why.)

Here’s a powerful statistic from the book: 10 minutes after you make a presentation, 5% of people will remember your statistics, your logical appeal.

63% will remember a story.

… more … “What Story Are You Telling About the Book You’re Selling?”