.

So you think you can WRITE...

Looking for secrets to help with your writing career? Want to be an author but not sure if you have the "it" factor? Keep reading...

If you’ve seen the television talent show “So You Think You Can Dance”, you have a pretty good idea of what being an author is like.

With writing (as with dancing), a very simplified version of the process usually works like this: you THINK you have talent and then you PRACTICE your craft until you ACHIEVE a level of security about your abilities. At that point you BROADCAST your body of work, ANTICIPATE the world’s reaction and CROSS YOUR FINGERS.

Of course, there’s a lot of “stuff” that occurs in between these stages, but in essence, these are the points in time that can make the difference between a successful attempt at writing and a “less than successful” attempt. BTW, when it comes to writing, there’s no such thing as a “failed” attempt :)

While promoting my most recent novel “One Last Lie”, many book review bloggers asked me to complete a “virtual” interview – questions and answers that they’d post on their blog while they reviewed, discussed, praised (or ripped apart) my book. Most of the interviews surprised me as I had no idea that an audience would be interested in my response to questions like: “Do you go through any rituals before sitting down to write?”, “Do you need a drink before or after writing a chapter?” or “Have you ever hit the computer screen due to writer’s block?”

When I queried the interviewees as to the reasoning behind these questions, the typical response was: although most of the people who read their blogs are avid readers, many of them would also like to be authors. Their need to know more about the secretive and habitual aspects of a writer’s life made it obvious that they hungered for personal information that they themselves could use in order to have their own successful writing careers.

And so this blog… my chance to share some of the secrets that have enabled me to complete two novels (by itself a big feat), make it to the quarter finals of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards and get 4 and 5 star reviews on Goodreads, Amazon and other sites all across the Internet. And it’s your chance to share your own secrets – and frustrations – that have become a part of your writing process, or just a part of your desire to become a writer.

So you think you can WRITE? Stay tuned to my next posting for the first part of the answer to that question…

This post is contributed by a community member. The views expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect those of Patch Media Corporation. Everyone is welcome to submit a post to Patch. If you'd like to post a blog, go here to get started.

Leslie Yager September 10, 2012 at 05:51 PM
I look forward to this blog! A lot of writers read Patch and will find it the topic interesting!
Al Brecken September 10, 2012 at 07:37 PM
John Keirnan , the august sports-writer for "The New York Times", stated that he never wrote a column that could'nt be improved. In a recent essay of the craft on writing , the author emphasized this simple but profound advise-- " Revise, Revise, Revise !!" I mention this because I was first "published" as a writer when a historical article of local I composed was printed in "The Greenwich Post". On refelection , I had the same reaction to my effort as did John Keirnan , and I believe I would have achieved a better quality had I not been so anxious and had indeed subjected my work to the precept of "Revise, Revise, Revise !" My article ( on the New Haven electrification ) is here --- http://westctnrhs.org/manifest0406.pdf Any critcal comments of the quality if my writing are most welcome , and you are welcome to grade it .
Rob Kaufman September 11, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Thanks, Leslie. I'm trying to make it the kind of blog I wish I had when trying to write my novels. We'll see how it goes!
Rob Kaufman September 11, 2012 at 02:46 AM
Hey, Al. Thanks for taking the time to write! I won't profess to being an editor or having the ability to judge another's writing. Therefore I must pass on your request. What I WILL say is I've heard the same advice, "Revise! Revise! Revise!" And although it's a truism, it's also important for us to know when to STOP revising. I've known many great writers who change their manuscript to the point of never completing their work. They revise ad infinitum, too worried that the work isn't "perfect", and in the end, no one ever gets to enjoy their creation. Revise? Yes. Edit? Of course. Just make sure you know when to stop. And here's a hint for knowing when to stop: You'll be able to feel it in your gut.
Jaimie Cura (Editor) September 11, 2012 at 02:59 AM
Rob, I too am looking forward to your next blog! It's always good to have a community of writers to talk to and share troubles and triumphs!
Amelia Bonacorso September 12, 2012 at 10:49 AM
Welcome to Patch! I am looking forward to whatever you have to offer.
Rob Kaufman September 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM
Thanks, Amelia!

Boards

More »
Got a question? Something on your mind? Talk to your community, directly.
Note Article
Just a short thought to get the word out quickly about anything in your neighborhood.
Share something with your neighbors.What's on your mind?What's on your mind?Make an announcement, speak your mind, or sell somethingPost something
See more »