Not too long ago, we were lucky enough to hear James Artimus Owen speak at a writers’ conference. He was brilliant. Funny. Touching. Smart. ….. I could go on, but you get the idea. Now his ideas on How To Write A Brilliant Book were listed on The Author’s Think Tank by Lisa Mangum, a local editor who is also brilliant . . . funny . . . you know the drill . . .
Here’s what Owen had to say this time:
1) write most of a pretty good book
2) get smart feedback from editor, rewrite half of what’s been written
3) write more
4) realize that it’s awful, and needs rewriting
5) write more
6) realize it’s actually pretty great, but needs to be finished
7) almost finish it before your computer is stolen; be grateful your notes, outlines, and the best dialogue is all in longhand on yellow legal pads and post-it notes
8) agonize over what you’re sure is a new horrible recreation of what was once an awesome book and finally . . .
9) acknowledge that all of the above (except the computer theft part) is pretty much how it always goes before you end up with the brilliant book.
It’s not done yet – but the work so far is good enough now that I can actually sleep tonight. Can’t ask for much better than that.
Are you a serious, committed writer? (Actually a few of us are serious. Others are seriously funny. And many of us should be committed!) Are you interested in becoming an Author’s Think Tank member? As it’s by invitation, write me here or at email@example.com
Which of Owen’s ten steps are you on? I’m on #1 with Crystal Cracked, Shattered Shards; mid-#2 with Glass Mountain Princess, trying to get to #3; and stuck on #6 with a too many others. I need even more “serious” and I’m working diligently on “committed.” 🙂
See you day-after-tomorrow for “Sunday’s Snippets”