WRITING

IT'S MORE IMPORTANT TO BEGIN THAN TO BE PERFECT

Let’s face it—we’ve all been there. We wanted to do something…write a book, start a blog, begin developing a podcast show, build a social media tool out of nowhere…but we stop.

Why?

It’s not perfect.

PERFECTION IS THE ENEMY OF GOOD

I’m so freakin’ guilty of this. I say to myself…

The lights not quite right…the camera angle could be better…the sound is odd…I don’t have enough audience members yet…

And so it goes. As it should. But we get caught up in the perfect.

I say, F#CK PERFECT. How about just START!

BETTER A DIAMOND WITH A FLAW THAN A PEBBLE WITHOUT

Yeah, that’s some pretty good fortune cookie wisdom.

Look, I could go on, and I probably should, but this post ain’t perfect. And it never will be. But you know what? I’m having fun. And just maybe someone will get something from it.

How about you?

ARE YOU WAITING TO BE PERFECT? OR JUST BE?

Start beginning. Perfection, or even flat out good will come in time.

And in the meantime, as always…

#KeepWriting

WRITE WHAT YOU LOVE

I returned from Thrillerfest 2019 educated, enlightened, and energized!

There were great things I learned, like STEVE BERRY’S “Six C’s of Story Structure.” Holy hell, how could I have missed these basic building blocks? It made sense. They clicked. And I told him so.

Steve, I’ve learned more in these 40 minutes than I’ve learned in the past 6 months. Thank you.

His reply said it all.

Dave, if you’re not using these simple yet mandatory elements, your story will fall flat. So, don’t be stupid; use my 6COSS.

Okay, he said the first sentence, but not the second. Steve’s a cool dude, and I doubt would be that insulting. (inside voice: Or would he?)

Let’s keep going.

There were so many highlights; too many to mention. And for fear of sounding like an uber-geek, I’ll share some photos (attached), and perhaps even a video, but I’ll leave you with this one singular bit of wisdom.

DON’T WRITE TO TRENDS…

Write What You Love.

As Harlan Coben said,

Don’t write to trends. Just stop it. It doesn’t work. By the time you start writing a story that follows one trend, it will have gone away.

I agree. Look, you’re going to spend, what, six months? A year? With your story. You better like it. Hell, you better LOVE it!

There’s more where that came from, but I’ve got some reading to complete—Adrian McKinty’s THE CHAIN, and some of my own writing to do—SEDUCTION AT DAYBREAK.

Until next time…

#KeepWriting