Grigory Ryzhakov – Russian Writer

Wisdom of the Writerdom: Undercooked novels don’t taste as good as rare steak.

By FotoosVanRobin from Netherlands (Reindeer steak) [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Impatience is one of the things that keep causing problems for me. I want everything and now. But the more I live and learn the more I think that I need a better preparation in everything.  In writing it means better outlining, research and editing. You don’t want to publish in haste and without proper editing unless you want to make yourself a laughing stock. And it’s just half a problem. You risk damaging your credibility as a thorough writer if you don’t take the post-production step seriously.

It’s easy to say that one needs to go from A to B, but how do you proceed from A to B?  This week I dug out a new bunch of great tips. Enjoy!

  • Rita Herron summarizes common pitfalls of a beginning writer. Check your first draft for these before sending it out for editing.
  • Kristen Lamb elaborates on what it’s like to be a writer. Be aware of what you are getting into.
  • C.S. Lakin explores the importance of setting up visible plot goals early in your story.
  • Creativity is on vacation? Struggling to come up with ideas? Here’s some help from Allan Douglas.
  • And finally there are some very informative posts on self-editing from Karin Cox. The ‘Modifiers gone mad’ section is especially useful and amusing too.

I have read a few books containing sentences like “Running away from the killer, a sense of despair crawled into my heart”. I can vividly imagine “a sense of despair” as a shapeless monster running away from a killer and at some point crawling through a dog flap with “My heart” printed above it on the red door.

Honestly, if you can’t see these things, make sure you hire a good editor. And when you are done, feel free to have your steak the way you like it.


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