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My Next Book Manhattan Sweetheart is Finished!
A couple of people have been asking about the state of my forthcoming novella MANHATTAN SWEETHEART, and so I’m posting this to set the record straight — it is finished. Done. El completo.
Right now, we’re just working out some issues with the cover, and once these issues have been taken care of, we’ll reveal it along with the book’s release date.
In the meantime, I encourage you to read GUESTLIST before getting into MANHATTAN SWEETHEART. And as I’ve said time and time again, SWEETHEART is not a sequel — but it would very helpful to know what’s come before it.
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Colson Whitehead’s 11 Rules for Writing
The art and craft of writing can be reduced to just “a few simple rules,” according to best-selling novelist Colson Whitehead in an article he’d written for the New York Times in 2012.
And just what are those “few simple rules,” you ask? They are as follows:
- Show and Tell. Most people say, “Show, don’t tell,” but I stand by Show and Tell, because when writers put their work out into the world, they’re like kids bringing their broken unicorns and chewed-up teddy bears into class in the sad hope that someone else will love them as much as they do. Show and Tell, followed by a good nap.
- Don’t go searching for a subject, let your subject find you. You can’t rush inspiration. Once your subject finds you, it’s like falling in love. It will be your constant companion.
- Write what you know. Listen to your heart. Ask your heart, Is it true? And if it is, let it be. Once the lawyers sign off, you’re good to go.
- Never use three words when one will do. Be concise.
- Keep a dream diary.
- What isn’t said is as important as what is said. Try to keep all the good stuff off the page.
- Writer’s block is a tool — use it. But don’t overdo it.
- Rule No. 8 is secret.
- Have adventures. Get out and see the world. Book passage on a tramp steamer. Rustle up some dysentery; lose a kidney in a knife fight. You’ll be glad you did.
- Revise, revise, revise. Revision is when you do what you should have done the first time, but didn’t.
- There are no rules. Have fun. [And] most of all, just be yourself.
These are just abridged versions of Whitehead’s rules, but you can read the entire article at the link below. Cheers, and happy writing!