I should be editing Tipping Point but, I am taking a break for a bit. There are reasons, which I will share. As writers, we need to step away from it. There are those who will toss a completed work into a drawer for a month or a year…. No, I am not one of those.
When I am not active on my blog, I am either working the day job, writing, editing or marketing. I have told you repeatedly if you follow me here and you are a writer I will make it worth your time.
Here is the message for tonight that if you take to heart, you will be much better off not only in your writing or other creative endeavors but as a person.
“Wow TW, that seems kind of heavy. Are you smoking something? You in Colorado? Got extra?”
Tonight I want to talk about you.
Sitting through a critique session, I am so tickled with some folks who are giving a writer their best shot at an opinion.
“I did not like this. That was cool. I like that.”
If you were a writer, and that is the feedback you received, would it be helpful?
No, not so much. Why?
That is not a rhetorical question, it is a real question. Why?
As creatives, we are our own class of people in the first place. I like creative people as most of them are intellectuals. That means they think. They have more going on under the hood. They are not usually the “Hold my beer and watch this.” Kind of person.
“I would challenge you to take this a step further. Take your wife or husband or BFF and go spend a day at the art museum. Most of them have benches where you can sit and admire the artwork. Many art students will go sit and sketch the artwork as an exercise.”
“I don’t want you to sketch it; I want you to analyze it.”
“You don’t have to be an art major to appreciate art.”
Walk the floor and find something that speaks to you negatively or positively. When you see that something, stop, sit and study it. “(SSS) stop, sit, and study.”
This is what you are looking for. “Why!”
You are worthless to a writer if you cannot articulate your feelings to them. If you are not in touch with you who are, then your opinion is meaningless to not only the writer or author, but it is not much value to you either. “Joe six-pack, this applies to you too. Why do I like this beer and not that one?”
I write about enlightenment, even in my naughty books, to set the stage for my readers to begin to know themselves. When you get into the habit of asking yourself, why you liked something or did not like it soon that will be a habit, which will serve you well. That person who is looking at you from the mirror will be better able to deal with life if he or she knows themselves.
“I preached this to a young man over thirty years ago. This person is now worth more than a million dollars and is happy. He is happy because he knows who he is, and what he wants out of life and he knows why.”
“He was already wealthy blah blah…” No, he was in prison doing five to ten for armed robbery.
I worked in advertising for years. When I first started, I was one that would FF through the commercials. I soon found myself watching them with more fervor than the program. Why did this one work, or that one didn’t?
There is this annoying commercial on currently that is for GMC trucks. They have this tailgate, which unfolds and has a step for geriatric cowboys I guess. The thing starts out with the truck on the hill and from miles around people are carrying tailgates from their competitors. That part of the commercial is forgettable. The genius of the ad is the earworm. “Na na na na.. hay hay goodbye..”
A commercial must be memorable. Not only should you know the polar bears are drinking a soda, but you must remember that it is Coke.
When you can analyze a commercial and tell me why it works, you might have value as someone who can read a book, and offer constructive criticism worth listening to.
“I liked it, is worthless.” Tell me why and be specific!
We know that adverbs are the path to hell. I read them in books regularly. Your average reader does not have any idea that eliminating them makes the text more readable.
When agents look at your books as you query them, they can tell if they can sell you to an editor.
Once you understand why you like or dislike something, you not only gain value as a writer but also as a person. You now have a little more depth than the veneer on your desk. Blunt, you say? Yes, it is. Following me, you know that I am unfiltered and honest.
Tipping Point in its current iteration will not be up there much longer. The novella will soon be replaced with an 86K word book that you will most certainly love. It is free on Kindle Unlimited. Read it before and then the after. I think you will be shocked.
A couple of updates here. The previous version of Tipping point is gone. If you really want to see it let me know and I might find a way to get it to you.
The second update is about marketing. I was watching a Trump rally the other night to see what the kerfluffle is about. When a heckler did something to stop the president from speaking the crowd broke out in “na na na na na na hey hey goodbye.”
Think about that GM! While you are laying off thousands of your employees your marketing firm is working for you.