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.

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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.

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9 Sentences: Planning Your Story Without the Dread of Outlining

Cheryl Campbell

Cheryl Campbell

Continuing our conversation with author Cheryl Campbell

On Mon, Jul 22, 2013 at 3:27 PM, Cheryl Campbell <ccampbell.me@gmail.com> wrote:
Hi Joel,I have signed up for KDP (not KDP select) and Smashwords. I have the book up on Smashwords and pending Premium Status approval. I was pretty OCD about following the Smashwords formatting guideline so I’m not expecting any issues there. I have the book loaded in draft form on KDP right now. I’m waiting for a few final sketches from the guy that also did the cover art to consider incorporating into the book before posting it there.

I know on Smashwords I can upload updated versions of the book. Does KDP offer this same service as seamlessly as Smashwords? I didn’t see or read anything yet on KDP about uploading new versions.

I’m a little baffled about getting the book to print. Createspace is a part of Amazon…do I have that correct? And they are print on demand service and post the print book thru Amazon? Before I signed up for a Createspace account I wanted to see if you had more info on them and any pros/cons to using them or another service.

There is a local publisher, well local to Maine, in Rockland, Maine Authors Publishing, and I would love to use them but they are really pricey. I want to use them because they’re Maine based and they offer good services, but the cost for the services is a bit crazy. They offer an editorial reading for $145 with some feedback on the overall book…not like “wow this is a great fantasy” but more like feedback on story flow, character development, etc. My beta readers thus far, one is fantastic. My other two I have yet to hear from. So I’m leaning toward getting a set of independent, non-friend, eyes on it. Is $145 reasonable for this service? Or is this also overpriced?

As always, thank you for your time.


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Larry Brooks Teaches Us About the Concept of “Concept”

Next book on my reading list is Larry Brooks’ Story Engineering. He understands craft at a level I can only hope to achieve some day.

He’s deconstructing the movie Side Effects in a series of blog posts, extracting the various storytelling elements a bit at a time. (He warns that his posts contain spoilers, so if you’re planning on seeing the movie, do that before you start reading.)

His post on concept clarified this vital bit of craft for me. Read it and learn.