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Sunday, May 24, 2020

Do writers rewrite their work often?

No, most of them don't.

Not all writers, just the unsuccessful ones do that. There is nothing wrong with re-reading the previous work because this is how one gets the opportunity to learn from one’s mistakes, but agonizing over the text and polishing it over and over again?

Especially today, when online publishing became the most important (any the only viable) way of publishing, the writers need to learn how to deliver the content regularly. If one wishes to create or satisfy the demand, one has to learn how to write in fast fashion, while keeping certain standards.

Good enough is the only viable strategy. That coquetry, adopted by many Twitter writers who do not hesitate to spam their accounts with painful screams of self-deprecation, should be avoided at all costs.

Keep writing!

Keep publishing!

Keep promoting!

Keep improving!

That’s it. If the writing sucks, nobody and nothing (even one thousand of corrections) will make it better.

Still, practice makes perfect.

Friday, May 15, 2020

When eastern tigers devour western parrots

Although I have ridiculed (not only) writers who use twitter for promotion of their work, entangled in echoing jungle of endless and futile screams, nobody seems to take an action to revert the implausible state of affairs, resembling so rats in the hope experiment I had read few days before.

Those rats when put inside of jar full of water were able to survive about an hour before they started to drown. After scientists helped them and put them back, they were able to continue swimming for more than fifty hours; simply because now they had the hope someone would come to their rescue.

Honestly, I have no idea why western writers still believe in miracle, instead of dumping all publishing houses and their services. Given the numbers of these writers compared to number of those who got lucky due to their persistence, I see no light for them. They should be better off by buying a ticket in lottery.

Is it just because receiving few upvotes from their peers enforced their conviction of being special? 

Who knows? Can you see the pattern here?

Spending countless hours of posting silly gifs and building net of thousands followers while pretending to follow them back, not revealing any work at all, provides several hundreds satisfying heart-shaped likes and in the best case, one or two solitary buys from kind strangers.

That's it!

Meanwhile, the online novels are soaring. Thousands of diligent writers, coming mostly from Asia, keep publishing their endless novels of various quality, receiving editors, proofreaders, and translators in the process.  

Oops, did I forget to mention the thousands of readers?

Not afraid to publish, even under the risk somebody would steal their stories, they just keep posting. Perhaps they know that being stolen is a badge of honor, perhaps they understand that as soon as the novel evolves, nobody beside them can deliver another successful installment.

Whoever reads this and is on the quest to find what is the next big thing in literature, I recommend familiarizing with booming segment of online reading.

PS: You may wonder what kind of literature we are talking about. If you like to play MMORPG or read about overpowered characters, try:

Reincarnation Of The Strongest Sword God

Add a few more points if you enjoyed Sword Art Online as this anime probably inspired the author. 

 Be warned though. Chinese novels are rather specific, be it a translation of Chinese idioms, names, or story development itself. The western reader has to adjust culturally.

Thursday, May 07, 2020

How to write a novel?

What about changing the perspective? Take a painter, give him or her colors, blank paper, and ask for a picture.

Any experience artisan can manage to draw anything for you. A specialist in portraying may need just few hours to create a beautiful person for you.

Now, what is the difference here? Probably the sheer number of portraits he or she has done before.
How many novels have you written so far?

See, no wonder you don't know where to start. A picture takes hours or days, so he or she could have created thousands of paintings. Most novelists are not that accomplished by wide margin.
The best approach I would recommend is to split your work into three main phases which comprise:
  1. designing,
  2. writing, and
  3. polishing.
Let's have my ongoing novel Sovereign represent what I mean. Surprisingly, I consider it complete, although it is far from written. Still, I know the story, its development, characters, and many other details.

Sovereign | Royal Road

And no, I have no notes whatsoever. I've just been telling the outline for myself, designing so the frame I have to put my next writing into. But of course, you are free to make notes, mind maps, or raw sketches as much as you need and want.

You can even write independent chapters. Today, with text editors nobody cares in what order is book written as soon as writers rearrange their novel in the polishing phase.

However, I would suggest writing in small pieces, called scenes rather than chapters. One scene up to 600 - 2000 words, depends on how diligent you are.

Trust me, to motivate yourself to write a scene in two days is far easier than to have done one novel in a year.

The last polishing phase comes after you have something to work on.