I know I've shared this tip before, but it is SO good that I need to share it for all my new followers.
The more you write, the better you get. So it makes sense that your book is going to get better as you go. Beyond that, regardless of how well you planned out your manuscript, there will be changes that happen during the process (and that's a good thing!). Those changes can oh-so-subtly cause your introduction to lose its meaning.
So, here's how it's going to go: Finish your first draft. Type those final words and then open up a new document and rewrite chapter one WITHOUT LOOKING BACK at the original. Keep in mind all the twists and turns you took to get to the end. Make use of your new skills in tense, plot driven dialogue. Then go to sleep. Wake up the next day and read your new chapter one, and compare it to the old one. You will be amazed by the difference.
Why does it matter?
Because most readers aren't sticking around to the end to wait for your skills to develop. If you don't hook them from the start, you will lose them. Give them your best from the very start.
Do this immediately at the end of the first draft (before you re-read everything) for the best effect.
Is grad school worth it?
Lots of you ask me whether pursuing a PhD was the right choice.
Two years ago, I would have laughed and said "well it's not a complete disaster yet, right?" I was miserable, and the situations in grad school were making things worse.
The pros and cons go hand-in-hand. Freedom to define your research can be thrilling but scary. My job security is currently excellent, but the future is questionable - if I'd started a job straight out of college, I'd likely be higher up in a company by now than where I will enter in a few years. And, toughest for me, effort is not equal to success (especially in writing and science)
More than any other entry-level job, you control your destiny. Your opinion matters. And you might leave with one of the highest degrees you can ever earn.
BUT you will come out a very different person. I am pushier, more jaded, and drink MUCH more coffee. But I am definitely stringer, less judgemental, and I love coffee, anyway.
If you are undergoing major life changes, especially early on in life I strongly recommend "The Defining Decade." It's one of the best *self-help* books I've read in a while, specifically aimed at 20-somethings asking themselves what they hell they are supposed to be doing. Not a paid ad, I just love the book.
So my answer: Yes, Grad school is worth it. Because I've grown and changed so much. And because I choose to keep going.
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Getting back into a draft after a dry spell. 🖋️
There's a reason I try not to let this happen; why I try to make at least a little bit of writing progress almost every day. But sometimes you don't have a choice. And those times, those choiceless times, are HARD. Climbing back into a draft after too much time away can feel like climbing into a car that's been parked on the street for days and days in the Minnesota winter. The ice is thick on every window, so you can't see out in any direction, and it takes forever for the engine to get roaring, and the freezing air feels so much like needles in your lungs that you can't really think about anything but breathing. 🖋️
So that's what I'm doing today. Climbing into this poor frosty car. Breathing. Waiting for the windows to thaw.
What is the status of your WIP?
I have a confession to make. I work on many WIPs at the same time... currently I am active on 2. And I have more or less specific things to do in each one of them. Then there is the brinstorming pool of ideas. Each numbered and with its own brainstorming file.
I call #1 it the Balance. It is an urban fantasy story with 2 perspectives. The thing that I love the most about is that for each one of MCs, the other is an antagonist and you can see each one's point and sort of agree with both. At least I do. There are a few times after the inicial events when their paths cross. And this is what I want focus on next for this project.
I call #4 LLC Heaven. It is about a girl that dies and ends up in Heaven. And then free will is at stake. I have the 1st act pretty much figured out and written. And then a random list of scenes and events. I need to force myself to reread it. And figure out the plan to fix it.
I have a constant mix of ideas in my head. And thoughts how to make things better. And no matter what I do, I can't focus on one. And I don't think I want to either.
I am so happy to officially open up BookFlow Sessions to the public! In the past I've only offered these private one-hour book strategy sessions to clients, but today I'm opening them up for 2019. And here's the kicker...I'm offering them for 25% off by using the code HAPPYHOLIDAYS from today until 12/17.
A BookFlow Session is right for you if:
-You've always wanted to write a book and don't know how to get started
- You've written some of a book but have stalled out, and want to learn how to get started again
- You've finished a book and need to know if it needs more work or is ready to go to market
- You'd like to figure out the best way for your book to be seen by agents and publishers
- You'd like to learn the differences between traditional publishing and self publishing, and figure out which one is right for you.
Let's dig in to your book!
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