Friday
Mar292013

The Great American Novel

I must be doing something wrong, my last novel "Diggin' Out a Thorne" has taken me over two years to complete. Most of that time was spent in editing. Once the story was completed, my time was consumed by fact checking and looking for character inconsistencies.

It can be the smallest of things. For example, in the original draft, I had the courthouse guarded by TSA agents. Turns out they're actually Courtroom Security Officers, supplied by the US Marshals Service. When it came to sniper training, it took me at least five tries to get the explanation of shooting a rifle down. Understanding the complexities of minutes of angle actually took some time, as did the finer points of police procedure. Which brings me to my point.

Yesterday, I saw a piece on how to write a book in 30 days. The program was presented by an Internet marketer who was advocating that you could write a book in 30 days, put it on Kindle, and make a fortune. I'm not saying it's not possible, just highly unlikely. My concern is for the thousands of people who will believe this and begin to write a book. Don't get me wrong, I believe everybody should write a book, and Kindle is a wonderful distribution channel for people who want to share their work. However, I think the thought that you can become an instantly successful, internationally known, world famous writer, by publishing a Kindle book in 30 days is, well, possibly a longshot. I was searching YouTube when I found this video which explains it better than I ever will.

The creator of this video is David Kazzie and his book can be found here: 

The Jackpot I thought he should be given credit.

So all things considered, if you want to write a book. I encourage you to go for it. Each book you write will be sequently better than the one before it. I suspect you will find that It takes a while to learn your craft. How long? Don't ask me, I'm still learning.

At least, that's the way I see it:
Through a writer's eyes,
Cliff

 

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