Saw A Good One Tonight..
“If you think you understand what you’re doing, you’re not learning anything.”
Wow does this apply to writing. Writing, as many have learned in the workshops, is an art that the more you learn, the more you realize you have to learn. I love that part of it and always chase the next level up, constantly learning.
So many of our workshops are awareness workshops, designed to basically tell you this area of writing and craft is here, and that your creative voice can use it when needed.
Writing with Depth, which many have taken, is one of those “Wow, didn’t know that was how it works.” And then taking Advanced Depth right behind it fills in a ton more gaps and a lot more questions.
Information Flow workshop was one of those kinds of workshops, just scratching the surface of a massive area of skill and craft.
Tags Workshop will be another. Not many people, honestly, will take that workshop because they don’t even realize what tags are and why they are so important in fiction writing. As readers, you don’t see them. Heck, in the real world, you don’t see them.
So a great saying… “If you think you understand what you are doing, you’re not learning anything.”
On Another, but Similar Topic…
Ran across a nifty writing book today, nice cover interesting topic, so I checked out the author. The author had at least ten or more how-to-write fiction and novels books on different topics of craft, all well designed and branded.
One major issue. The author had only written maybe one or two novels and a few short stories. THAT WAS IT!!!
Basically a flat beginner, or as my friend Bill called me until I published my 10th traditional novel, a neo.
Damn, I’m sorry, but I would be embarrassed if I did no fiction writing and then tried to tell all of you how to do something in fiction writing. I flat couldn’t do it. I have over two hundred novels now in traditional and indie and more than five hundred short stories.
And I am still writing. In one month I put out more fiction than this supposed “expert” has done in an entire career so far. And still I barely at times feel capable of teaching some of this stuff.
And talking about the levels in fiction writing, this neo-pretend-expert wouldn’t know a second stage story if it had teeth, let alone a third or fourth stage piece of writing. Wow, talk about a scam. Amazing, just flat amazing the gall some folks have.
And One More Connected Topic…
Today, twice, I got an email from some company telling me that for 85% off (of some unknown price) I could hire a ghost writer and that the sale was time-limited and I only had a few hours.
I wonder what the poor souls who fall for such crap actually get. I used to be a professional ghost writer, but I only (with one exception) worked for traditional publishers. And I always wrote fiction.
Ghost novels I wrote hit top of bestseller lists like the Times and USA Today. And I only got outed by a few of my ghost folks. A Trek book by Eric Kontini, a sf thriller by Jonathan Frakes, and a thriller set in Thialand. (Author escapes me at the moment, but he put my name on the inside cover.) One was for Pocket Books, the second was for Tor, the third for Random House.
All the rest I have non-disclosure agreements I will not break.
On most of them, I loved writing the books and had a blast. And I got paid $30,000 and up for most of them.
So an ad at 85% off, I can only imagine the level of writer these poor folks will get. More than likely someone who would write “How-to-write” books after only writing one or two.
I mean, really, if you want a great thriller or sf or mystery novel ghosted for you, and have an extra $30,000, I’ll write it for you. But I ain’t giving you no 85% discount. (grin)
And I am only about 15% serious about that, of course. The right project and $30,000 and I could be bought, I suppose. I just ain’t cheap. (grin)