I seem to be spending more time cruising the web for thoughts on how to write than actually writing anything. This may be dangerous and/or counter-productive, but it’s kind of fun.
I found an article by John Coyne called How to Write a Novel in 100 Days or Less and figured, “Hey, piece of cake — I can already write three times faster than that!”
There is advice for all 100 days, but I’ve only read about a week’s worth so far. Here’s some useful editing advice from Day 45:
Anton Chekhov’s remarkably simple advice was this: “If a gun hangs on the wall in the first act of the play, it must be discharged before the end.” You have to “look” at the total work with that piece of advice in mind and cut out anything that doesn’t help the story complete itself.
And this from the Introduction is pushing me back into the writing fray:
Sinclair Lewis was invited to talk to some students about the writer’s craft. He stood at the head of the class and asked, “How many of you here are really serious about being writers?” A sea of hands shot up. Lewis then asked, “Well, why aren’t you all home writing?” And with that he walked out of the room.