• Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

    Ordinary people. Extraordinary romance.

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor?

What is your book nyet factor? How long do you read into a book before deciding to give up on it?  Or do you “suffer” all the way to the end? Don’t laugh—if Amazon reviews are any indication, there are tons of reviewers who force themselves to read those terrible books they give 0-1 stars to.

I ask because I recently picked up a new book at the library, a novel I’ve heard good things about. I’m barely 40 pages into it, and wonder at the wisdom of plunging in any further. Maybe I’m put off by the daunting size – almost 800 pages. Or maybe I’m used to the Hero’s Journey style of storywriting.  This book has no gripping hook or invitation to the other world, and I haven’t related to the myriad characters introduced so far.

I once read you should use the following formula in determining how many pages you should read before giving up : 100 minus your age. I think that’s about right. There are too many good books out there that are more worthy of my time. Goodness knows, I have lists and lists of them, not to mention my TBR pile (currently outweighed by my discard pile.)

What is your book nyet factor?

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Writing advice from a dieter's point of view. Great advice for writers and dieters.

Writing advice from a dieter’s point of view

Writing advice from a dieter's point of viewRecently, while surfing the internet, I found some tips for maintaining a healthier lifestyle that could easily be applied to a healthier writing life style. It’s great writing advice from a dieter’s point of view:

  • You can become whatever you envision. Yeah, that’s right. If you think like a best-selling author, you’ll draw more attention and success than if you believe you’ll always fail.
  • Claim your power.  You know you have it, or why pursue writing for a career/hobby/something to get away.  Empower yourself with your talent and get to work.
  • Set your priorities.  Write another scene or blog?  Send out a query to an agent or an editor?  Research your next work or edit your last scene?  Without a clear path, you won’t make progress.
  • Get pushy with yourself.  The book won’t write itself.  If you think you’ll only have time for one page today, write two.  Set your timer for fifteen minutes, turn off your inner editor, and push through, no stops, no looking up stuff, until the timer goes off.  Then write another page.
  • Give yourself permission to succeed.  Nothing makes me angrier than hearing a fellow writer talk about submitting, then hearing her follow it up with a self depreciating remark.  Hey, if you’re going to write, then at least believe you’ll succeed at it.  As Yoda said, “There is no try, there is only do.”
  • Give yourself permission to be awesome.  Yes. You.  You tell it to your kids everyday.  Why treat yourself to a lesser attitude?
  • Become part of a circle.  Whether it’s a writing group, a critique group or a good friend who’s not afraid to tell you when your story has strayed, find a foundation of support that will help you grow.

These tips were meant to help lose weight, but if they work to make you a better writer, so much the better.

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