The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Jeff Michaels
Cue the Cartwheeling midgets. We made it to 200! Thanks to all those who have listened over the past four years. We’ve made some wonderful writer friends and hope to make many more. We have bucket loads of guests booked so strap yourself in for more chortling and ridiculous quips.
Jeff Michaels is a published author of several books, including “A Day at the Beach” and his new fantasy trilogy: Tasa’s Path (the first in a trilogy with a unique spin). Jeff’s books tend to draw heavy emotion from the readers (at least he is able to with me!). He is actively involved in the Southern California Writers Conference each year and has one of the most interesting backgrounds!
A Day at the Beach, and Other Brief Diversions
…your perfect day never ended?
…your life were to pass before your eyes, one person at a time?
…the genie in the lamp had a wish?
…you heard the perfect last words?
From the web Site:
You Muse does not care about:
1) The Oxford Comma – If you do not know what this is, then you must learn it, but not while you are in first draft mode and fully engaged with your creative Muse.
2) Words that end in “ly,” or as I call it, the Stephen King rule. This is something that King wrote about once and it has passed into MFA programs as some stone-carved commandment of writing. Just write, and if you use too many adverbs they can be edited out later. Or not.
3) Word count for the day – Let go the need to quantify your work. Just write until you are finished. When you are inspired again, then write some more.
4) Platform – There are those who insist you begin creating your platform before you even begin creating your book. This is putting the cart before the horse, in my humble opinion. I have seen many fine platforms (websites and blogs, etc.) that never ever actually reward the follower with the promised product. The time and effort wasted in this activity (for all concerned) can be better spent allowing for the fulfillment of your Muse’s creative vision first.
5) Spelling and punctuation – The Muse just does not care all that much, especially in the first draft.
6) Outlines – Do not attempt to structure your Muse. The Muse will rebel. Muse rebellion is hell.
7) Whether someone will buy your book – The Muse only wants the book written. Do you like it? Do you feel good when that first draft is in process? That is all that matters. Seeking validation outside of yourself will certainly lead to comprising the Muse’s vision and forcing artificial structure on the process.
Let’s be clear; these concerns gain importance at some point. Later in the process you must pay attention to structure and logic. For the purest first draft, let your Muse run wild. Allow for surprises. If you are surprised by a plot twist, imagine the reaction from the equally surprised reader! Allow for synchronicities and…
Let old patterns and standardized formulas be blown apart and away by the speed you write while under the influence of your Muse! In first draft mode the only rule you must be concerned with is – Let YOUR Muse Rule!
What does your muse look like? A Greek goddess? The bag lady on the corner either mumbling obscenities or haiku? Describe your muse. When does she like to show up? What kinds of offerings should you be making in her name?
Nothing better than A Modest Proposal to completely confuse students:
the author main claim was a proposal to his country with an economic solution to lower
or end their streets of begging mothers whom lacked work to support their children with
adequate food and clothing (raiment’s); their work would be to sell their infant children to the wealthy as a delicacy.
Word of the Week:
with Anu Garg
noun: An insulting or abusive criticism or expression.
From Latin invehi (to attack with words), from invehere (to carry in). Ultimately from the Indo-European root wegh- (to go or to transport in a vehicle), which also gave us deviate, way, weight, wagon, vogue, vehicle, vector, envoy, trivial, and inveigh. Earliest documented use: 1430.
To Us, episode 200. Yeah Team Newbie Writers!