My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I don’t consider myself seasoned enough to really discuss the pro’s and con’s of “process” but believe in my heart that the best time to study craft is AFTER writing 100,000 words of dreck. Only then do these pearls sink in. I heard Elizabeth Sim’s speak a couple of years ago and was impressed by her unique ability to distill ideas to and understandable essence. A rare gift.
Her book, “You’ve Got a Book in You” is just that. A distillation of some basic tenets that every writer can adopt. The examples were clear and resonant. And what I walked away with, along with some great tools, was a new understanding and trust in my own worth as a writer.I don’t work like anyone else. My voice and process are unique to me. More importantly, that’s OKAY!
Thanks, Ms Sim’s for sharing your experience so eloquently!
When I started writing, I bought and read several writing books. Frankly, they confused the heck out of me. It felt like conflicting advice. There were dozens of terms and phrases that were complete Greek.
Bottom line: I was convinced I was doing EVERYTHING WRONG! And pretty much, I was. But I kept writing. I knew one thing to be true, that we should write the kinds of stories we want to read. So I did! I’m not sure of the count now, nine or ten COMPLETED manuscripts.
Yeah , Baby, that’s what I’m talking about!
That was essentially due to my die-hard loyalty to the NaNoWriMo program seven years in a row. To be honest, they are not ready for prime-time. They are mostly the dreaded “first-drafts” Tantalizing dreck, BUT complete stories.
Someday I’ll polish some of them up and submit them. In the meantime I have new ideas percolating and with new tools I have, courtesy of some really fine teachers, I’ll be telling Better stories!
Thanks again, Elizabeth! Great book.