Long form fiction is one of those things that I personally can’t get enough of, as it’s my primary source of entertainment. From experience, I know most writer’s have a book on their shelf, or in their drawer, that’s something they view as, “Eventually, I’ll publish that book.” I’ve been there, and in fact, I’m there right now. Instead of finishing my debut novel, I’m writing this post.
Let me say something about writing though, as a fan of the book by Stephen King, “On Writing,” I consider it an art. As such, it’s always possible to take a work in a new direction, tweak this, change that. For me, I’ve got a chapter written where I took a break during the first draft. As a result, when you read through the first draft, yuck! Continuity issues galore. That’s gotta be fixed in the second draft, and it’s one thing among many. King wrote that he only discovered the blood correlation to the major events in the book that became the move, “Carrie,” in the book about writing that he didn’t intend to write the book that way. That correlation of the menstrual cycle, and the blood of people dying, etc, were all tightly coupled with high points in the narrative.
I loved that anectdote from such an accomplished writer. That means, even if you’re good, and clever, and outline the crap out of your work – you might discover something momentous in the second draft. Some people have used the metaphor that a story is discovered, rather than created. Sure, the second draft is about discovery, but that first draft? It’s a starting point. A roadmap of sorts, that helps the writer get from the point where they want the audience to dive into the story, and the ultimate finish.
My favorite works are all about entertainment. The category I’m jumping into is the one that I’ve been reading the most, for a few years, and when I start adding reviews here, most of those I write will be about that massive backlog of books I’ve been reading. Some good, some bad, some series finished and some that feel like they’ll never finish. Authors who have had massive success, and a few unknowns like a fry cook from McD’s who probably flips a better story than burger (never tried his burgers, but his book were pretty good – formatting issues aside).
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I hope you’re as excited as I am about this new column on Truthyism. I look forward to the many wonderful suggestions we’re gonna receive, and the endless opportunities to share some of my favorite books. While I love digital publishing, I feel like a good story needs a book, and those are the very best formats we have to share the ideas we need to make the world better.