These are notes I took. I have left them mostly as is, not correcting grammar or spelling, because I think that partially reflects my mood at the time.
If you are going to write, you need to read.
It’s good advice. I have re-read the first chapters of about five books in the last week. While I like the first chapter of my book, it’s more of an intro than a chapter. The real first chapter is after that, but as it stands, it is more about the action than the characters. One of my alpha readers suggested I get more character in there…..so I re-wrote a new intro. Julianne says it is better at giving back story on the characters, but I’m still not in love with it. It really only helps with one backstory, when I think if I add five or so more paragraphs, I can really cover all four characters from the first village.
But, reading other books to see how they are written has some drawbacks, at least for me. Sometimes I find myself analyzing the writing, rather than enjoying the writing. I think that over time, that will change, and I’ll be able to separate the two activities….reading for research and reading for pleasure, but we’ll see.
Maybe I’ll be a Copywriter?
I’ve also been reading emails and even form letters more carefully. I signed up for a copywriting group, and they spam me like crazy. I also talked to Julianne about talking to someone she knows that writes copy for a living. Anyway, one of the suggestions from the copywrite group is to read a lot. And to look at copy, and see what works, and what doesnt’. What I find fascinating is how much I hate the general format of the copywrite group’s letters. They are so long, I lose interest. They never seem to get to the point. It’s odd, and I wonder how others react to their length. They must work, I’d think, since they are a bunch of copy writers….but still.
But, in reading letters, I have seen some things that seem to work better than other things. I’ll be taking notes on that, if I decide to go that way, so was to better recall what I think I’ve learned. Now that I think about it, I guess I should do that for novel writing also! Of course, I often think I’m going to do stuff like this, and don’t, so we’ll see. Andy be we, I mean we. If I do take notes on novel writing, I’ll share them here.
Anyway, I need to head to the store for ramen ingredients….
Looking back, I’d add this on reflection on that day:
Here I first mention that I’m considering writing copy for a living. I have learned a lot from the copywriting group I joined, but am applying it here, and not to writing copy. But, I’ll admit, 8 months or so later, it is still in the back of my mind…..
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