When you have something to write, how do you start? Where? With an outline? Or a burst of notes? I didn’t plan it this way, but a large part of my interview with Leonard Mlodinow, bestselling author of Elastic, in the Los Angeles Review of Books doesn't talk about his book. Instead it is about … Continue reading Free Your Mind to Write. Smoke a Cigar.
It didn't matter that my manuscript had some great stuff near the middle - - if the opening pages weren't very good, no agent or editor would ever bother to keep reading. Does that sound like you? I don't know if you're familiar or not with John Kennedy Toole, author of A Confederacy of Dunces, … Continue reading Don’t Be a Dunce with Your Book: J.K. Toole and First Impressions
Hold on a minute. I didn't say the draft was terrible. I said it was a "zero." That is totally different ... and useful to understand. I found this idea in the pages of the late great Peter Drucker, venerable founder of modern management, in an essay of his called "Know Your Time." The essay … Continue reading Surprise: Your Draft is a Zero