Friday, March 16, 2012
13 Blog Ideas Response
To respond to Michael Hyatt's "13 Blog Posts for Novelists," I'd like to start by saying this idea seems more purposeful and effective after receiving publication. In fact, I think it's even more effective if you have multiple publications and an established fandom. That said, I think his prompts for novelists are smart and I think the exercise could be valuable to a person who is working on their thesis or simply in the process of writing their first novel. Most of the aspects of the process he addresses are things that you should have some familiarity with intuitively, regardless of whether or not the novel is complete. Also, if you get stuck during the writing process, I think asking oneself some of these questions might serve to unstick you. For example, sometimes you start a novel in Madison Wisconsin, when you work the nightshift and have a full time internship at a publishing house. Before you finish, you move to your hometown and are encumbered by all manner of new variables that effect your psyche and as a result, your writing process. Therefore interrogating yourself about what inspired the novel might help one recreate that psychic/mental environment that has temporarily stalled out. This is a good way of what Robert Olen Butler would term, "reopening the passageway to the dream space." Additionally, I think these are exercises that could be minimized to relate to a short story, and can help young writers take a step back from their work and really consider the message of their content from a more objective stance. All in all, writing is thinking, and I think anything designed to help one evaluate the merit of his or her writing work is sure to yield positive results.