In January I decided to write a nonfiction book, and a fiction short (that ended up being a little long). I succeeded in both those things.
I wanted the nonfiction book to be 24k words long though, and after about 10k I had written about everything I thought was going to be in it. So I sent it to a friend and will bring it back out with her notes in March.
February is all about getting ready for my Story Grid Certification class in Nashville. I’m eyeballs deep in Silence of the Lambs, a book I’ve decided all authors should read. Thomas Harris does so many things so well in this novel I completely understand why Shawn recommends it and uses it as a teaching tool. That being said, I also look forward to picking Shawn’s brain about some of the choices Harris makes about when to show and when to tell. We hear all the time about “Show don’t tell!” but sometimes the story gets bogged down that way. I’ll be sure to report back after I get home from Tennessee in March!
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