In Between Time: Food for Thought and Consumption
Blog Post by Adele Annesi - May.12.2010 - 7:01 am
Barring volcanic eruptions or other unforeseen circumstances, I leave tomorrow for Italy for three weeks. So, I was thinking, since I'll have limited email access, what can I leave you with for that time?
- 1. Be passionate.
- 2. If you can make it work, there aren't any rules.
- 3. Write daily.
- 4. Don't complain about not having time to write. Complain about something else.
- 5. Never surrender.
- 6. Last changes - look at the end [of your piece] to tighten all the words.
- 7. Write with your experience, not from it.
- 8. Even if you're writing nonfiction, tell a story; don't report the facts.
- 9. Use different voices for different points of view.
- 10. Inhabit all your characters, especially for point of view.
- 11. Don't have character convey what it's your job as the author to communicate.
- 12. The narrator tells, and characters show; know the difference and when to do which.
- 13. Get ideas from other books; look for the inspiration, what inspires you. What touches you in a way that nothing else does?
- 14. Have a deep emotional attachment to what you're writing.
- 15. About endings - if you're surprised by what's happening, the reader will be, too.
- 16. Around the middle, a book will take its own direction, and you have to go along for the ride. If it takes you in a different direction, and it doesn't work, then you go back to where it diverges and rework, but let it go.
- 17. Cultivate the capacity to let go when a work wants to be something other than what you thought it would be.
- 18. Find out what your own rules are, and follow those.
- 19. An author is usually not the narrator, or any of the characters.
- 20. You don't have to like or approve of a character to identify with him or her. You only have to be engaged in what happens to the character.
- 21. An author does not put things in a story or poem to stump the reader. What we find in stories and poems-the metaphors or symbols, or themes-come from a waking dream, the author's unconscious mind at work.
Adele is an award-winning writer and editor for global online and print publications. She worked as a development editor for Scholastic Publishing, and is a fiction and nonfiction book editor specializing in business, religion and memoir. As a press...