Which path do we take?
Sincere experts point us in opposite directions.
Candy Lynn Fite & Wendy Morrell led me to this excellent book
(THANKS, BUT THIS BOOK ISN'T FOR US - Compassionate Guide to Why Your Writing Is Being Rejected.)
Veteran writing coach, developmental editor, and writing instructor Jessica Page Morrell fills in the gaps in every rejection letter you've ever received.
In it, Mrs. Morrell states that you will never know when you've arrived, if you don't know where you're going. Makes sense, right?
She says, that like a map, an outline for your novel with tell you its end. Knowing that will allow you to take the most effective (dramatic) route to it.
Mrs. Morrell literally hates hearing writers say that writing is driving in the fog.
Sounds logical, true?
Here is part of what the award-winning, best-selling author, Neil Gaiman, wrote in his blog yesterday :
It's a weird thing, writing.
Sometimes you can look out across what you're writing, and it's like looking out over a landscape on a glorious, clear summer's day. You can see every leaf on every tree, and hear the birdsong, and you know where you'll be going on your walk.
And that's wonderful.
Sometimes it's like driving through fog. You can't really see where you're going. You have just enough of the road in front of you to know that you're probably still on the road, and if you drive slowly and keep your headlamps lowered you'll still get where you were going.
And that's hard while you're doing it, but satisfying at the end of a day like that, where you look down and you got 1500 words that didn't exist in that order down on paper, half of what you'd get on a good day, and you drove slowly, but you drove.
And sometimes you come out of the fog into clarity, and you can see just what you're doing and where you're going, and you couldn't see or know any of that five minutes before.
And that's magic.
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For a riveting clip of the movie I've been waiting months to see :
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