Don't Fall in Love With Your Book

Don't Fall in Love With Your Book

I recently finished writing my novel. I suppose “finished” is a relative term. No doubt there will be rewrites in the weeks ahead. But for now, it’s just the two of us. I like to cuddle with my novel at night, laying gentle kisses across its pages and whispering, “You complete me.”

Okay, I’m exaggerating. But the truth is that I’ve become emotionally attached to my book.

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My Deliberate Mistake

One of the more challenging things about being a writer is that once you publish something, you can’t go back and correct it. So if you’re anything like me, you tend to stress over details, especially when you’re in the final stages of a manuscript. I start to question everything. Did I convey the setting accurately? Are my timelines right? What mistakes have I made in this book?

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First, Second and Third Person Narration

One of the most important decisions you’ll make when writing is deciding the perspective from which your story is told. Most fiction is either told first person (I said) or third person (she said). You can try doing second person (you said) but I wouldn’t recommend it if you’re just starting out. It can be the most challenging to pull off.

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Dad and the Doorbell

Dad and the Doorbell

Doorbells are pretty straightforward. They ring. You answer the door. But what if no one is there? 

One Sunday, as my parents were walking home from a church luncheon, my father began talking gibberish. My mother, naturally, was alarmed. They went to the Emergency. A cat scan was performed and nothing was found. My father was told that he’d likely had a mini stroke. My mother believed the stroke had been caused by a hot dog.

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Houston, We Have a Problem

Living with someone – in any sort of configuration – is all about the art of negotiation. As in, I won’t complain about having to occupy 1/8th of the couch while you lay sprawled across it if you pretend not to notice the bag of church bazaar purchases I’ve hidden in the garage. But some things, I’ve come to learn, are beyond negotiation. For example, a Whitney Houston 2013 calendar.

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Revisions

When it comes to writing, revisions ain’t easy. You need to read your own work objectively. And that can be hard, especially if you consider yourself Shakespeare’s spawn. Or if the thought of changing an adjective sends you into panic mode. Or worse, that seeing your work objectively will only prove your deepest fear – that what you’ve written isn’t very good. 

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