Wednesday, June 1, 2016

IWSG Top 3 Worst Pieces of Writing Advice

It's the first Wednesday of the month! Time for author, Alex J. Cavanaugh's brain child, The Insecure Writer's Support Group to get together and help each other out. To sign up click here -

Kickin it down Pirate Alley in New Orleans.

I just got back from New Orleans ya'll! I went to the Faulkner House bookstore where William Faulkner wrote his very first novel, A Soldier's Pay. On the assumption that the house must be a conduit of creative genius, I attempted to soak up as much as I could before I was asked to leave. Just kidding. The booksellers were very nice.
In this very room, William Faulkner wrote his first novel.

Look how serious my face is. What a nerd!

After discussing it with other writers, I narrowed down what I think are the worst pieces writing advice I've been given over the years.

Here are my 3 worst pieces of writing advice ever -

1. "Show don't tell"
I give an example of how I break this rule in my excerpt below. When dialogue just isn't enough, exposition can be artfully done. There's a way to keep it conversational. Just sayin'.

2. Only one point of view per manuscript.
What the hell? Why? Why do so many workshops insist on this? To say F. Scott Fitzgerald ruined your suspension of disbelief in The Great Gatsby is mind boggling to me. Look at Virginia Wolfe's Mrs. Dalloway. Parallel plot lines. Hello.

3. Don't worry about your title.
Some editors argue that the title is the most important part of your query letter and oral pitch. A bad title can ensure you never get that foot in the door. A bad title cloaks a good book in failure. 

On to my insecurity. It's officially been a month now. I've read through my completed 60,000 word manuscript four times. I need to hit the send button to my cohort and professors. 

When do you know your projects are ready for review? Please let me know in the comments below!

I've posted another teaser of my book. If you're not into exotic dancer mystery novels please skip down to the comments below. 

Happy summer everyone!

Below is the first chapter of North Beach. It begins after two preludes from two different perspectives. Not only do I break the one perspective per manuscript rule, I totally break the "show don't tell rule". Yeah, I broke that b*tch! The rest of the book is fast action dialogue, including the preludes.

*Because all blog work is considered "published", I had to delete the excerpt that was below.*