Monday, April 30, 2012

Advice for Writers: 031

Let's see what my Internet turned up in the writing advice seas this week.

Perfecting Your First Page: 3 Tasks or Exercises, by Jane Friedman. The first page of a manuscript is the most important page in terms of attracting readers. Jane shares three exercises (plus a bonus tip) to make that first page sing.

How to Discover Your Hidden Remarkable Benefit, by Brian Clark. While this post was written with companies in mind, I think the advice holds true for writers too. Read this post and hunt for your hidden remarkable benefit that will help you stand out from other writers.

Writing a Novel People Want to Read, by Corban Addison. For novelists, this is pretty much what the goal is, right? Corban is a debut author, who just happens to be endorsed by John Grisham. Wow!

Write What You Know...Kinda, by Sandra Beasley. Sandra is one of my favorite writers, so when I see her dishing out advice on the process of writing, I just have to share. Plus, she wrote a piece on truth and poetry in the 2012 Poet's Market--so this fits that nicely (though the article in the Poet's Market should definitely be read as well).

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8 comments:

caryl said...

Continuing to bring us useful info, I see. And on the last day of our challenge, no less. thanks!

Lynn said...

I had the pleasure of taking a workshop of Jane Friedman's on that "first page" which was awesome.

Cate said...

Thank you for the links. One stuck out for me - Corban Addison's piece on writing for the audience. I would assume that thinking of your audience the entire time you're writing would prevent you from telling the story you NEED to tell. This article goes against the advice you usually find, so it's interesting in that way, and I can understand where he's coming from from a commercial point of view (because he's right, no writer wants their work collecting dust in a drawer). I just think he comes off as slightly arrogant. Maybe I'm just jealous! :p Your thoughts?

Cate said...

and by advice "you" find, I meant that as the universal you, not you specifically. lol

caryl said...

Elizabeth Saunders, if you see this (and i hope you do!), thanks for letting me know that when you clicked on my name it took you to a fairly boring page. I'm such a dumbass, I didn't know that. Seriously, I have no idea why I never checked it out myself. I assumed it took people straight to my blog. Don't judge me, people! ha

I worked on that profile page a bit and it's better, but not quite there yet.

Sorry Gnat said...

This was awesome. I have to make a FB author page; how did I not see that; do a week's listing, do a monthly calendar. I plunged into this, ignoring other stuff, everyone became so connected and helpful to one another. It was a great experience. It was almost too much, and am pretty tired. Could not keep that pace up day to day, and I do a variety of things, multitask like mad. It doesn't end; we still can check in; how great is that; thank you one and all for liking my posts; what a great group of bloggers out there!

Elissa Field said...

Thanks for sharing these, Robert. The Jane Friedman piece was particularly good timing as I'm reading sample openings from peers, getting ready to attend a workshop on openings tomorrow with Ann Hood. It was a good starter to psych me up for the work.

Sharon Stanley said...

This was such a great month of helpful suggestions and tasks. I can't thank you enough. Here is what I found...As a "newbie" I found that I was on the right track having already done many of the things you recommended already. This served another purpose as well...it gave me a bit of confidence in my own judgement. Your links were great and so helpful...The entire month was just grand...thanks so much.