This is a short post since it’s my vacation week, and there aren’t many writers tackling how to take over the literary world.
To date I have only found John Warner, the master of the fake famous writer quote, in the form of his helpful “Fondling Your Muse” (Writer’s Digest Books, Cincinnati 2005). From the confusing dedication to the ridiculous blurbs on the back of the book, it’s packed with awful rules-to-live-by and terrible advice. He explains how and why to write your Manifesto, the place you alternately smash all writers who have come before AND promise to be the light in a dark, sewer-like world. He also touches on the importance of preparing your Acceptance speech for all those awards you are going to receive. Don’t miss the quiz, “So You Want To Be A Writer,” that proves only a self-destructive ego-maniac would choose to be a writer. There is also some stuff about writing, like plot, character, and point of view and such nonsense. I wasn’t paying attention. I was envisioning the life of wealthy ease he promised if I followed his path to writerly fame.
Seriously, if you need to share in venting about the ridiculous contradictions of a writer’s life, or you just need a break from Serious Writer Stuff, pick it up and enjoy.
If you missed last week’s post, “The Monster in My Manuscript,” it was about books that will help you analyze and revise your rough draft.
Next week I will start in on the topic of syntax and grammar, in “How to Slay the Many-Headed Grammar Hydra!” [OR, I will keep putting that blog off, in a state of numb panic over my inexperience, and next post about putting your manuscript in the garbage.]