Indie Publishing – Writing For The 21st Century …by Susan Lute
You can tell Donald Maass’ workshop had a big impact. He left those who attended with a lot to think about, and this is where my thoughts took me. Writing for the 21st Century. What does that look like?
It will come as no surprise that I watched You’ve Got Mail yesterday. No, I don’t know how many times I’ve watched it, but like most of the films I watch over and over, there’s something new to learn each time, besides the fact I enjoy them as much or more as the first time. If there’s anyone following this blog who hasn’t watched it, which I find very hard to believe by-the-way, I’ll try not to give too much away.
There’s one line that caught my attention. Fox Books, owned by Tom Hanks’ character, Joe, opens “just around the corner” from Kathleen’s – played charmingly by Meg Ryan – independent children’s book store, effectively putting her out of business. During the course of the movie Joe says to her, “It wasn’t…personal.” Her response (paraphrased), and I love it, “What’s so wrong with being personal, anyway? Whatever else anything is, it ought to begin by being personal.” Suddenly that makes so much sense to me.
The Mr. is a political geek. It’s personal to him. Having some kind of faith is personal. Writing has probably always been a personal endeavor, but in today’s world with so many on the internet, and with the popularity of Indie books, readers don’t always make a personal connection with the author. In my humble opinion it’s more important than ever to take your writing to the next level. That’s what Donald Maass’ newest book, Writing 21st Century Fiction, says to me. Get personal, put yourself into your story, don’t give your reader what they expect, give them what they don’t expect.
What a fascinating concept. Give your reader something they don’t expect. Make it personal.
How? Pick up Writing 21st Century Fiction. It’s an eye opener.
I’m setting a goal so you all will keep me honest. I’m working on the second book in my Falling For A Hero series. I’ve written 17,664 words. It’ll finish up at 50K, so I’m coming up on the mid-point of the story. But I’m back at the beginning adding layers of internal conflict to make it more personal, for me, and hopefully for readers. At the end of April I’m going on a two week vacation. By the time I leave – yes, I’ll be taking the baby Dell – I want to be at 25K. Doable I think, but the more important thing will be the unfolding of the story. Can I do it? Heck yes!
Will you join me in making a writing (or reading) goal that you can reach by the end of April? The busy lady loves company.
Posted on March 25, 2013, in General and tagged 50K, Donald Maass, film, getting personal, goals, Indie Publishing, Meg Ryan, midpoint, See Jane Publish, Susan Lute, Tom Hanks, Writing 21st Century Fiction, Writing for the 21st Century, You've Got Mail. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.