I’ve been reading a lot of advice columns lately. Advice on cooking. Advice on homeschooling. Advice on writing, publishing, marketing, and blogging.
In the area of blogging, people recommend talking about controversial things to drive people to your blog. Nothing drives up traffic like arguments, right?
I’ve tried all week to think of something controversial I actually want to talk about. I don’t have a bee in my bonnet about anything in particular. I’m sick of politics. Online discussions about creation vs. evolution degenerate into name-calling within two posts.
Besides, Pioneer Woman, mega-blogger extreme, recommends NOT posting controversial topics. Because people’s lives suck already, and they come to you to read about nice things.
So here’s a non-controversial post. Last night I finished draft 5 of Spacetime. There was brief fist-pumping. Then I went to bed because it was late.
I recently read an article on Writer’s Digest that explained how to edit your novel in 4 steps. You write it. Then you go over it sentence by sentence. Then you print it out and mark it up. Then you read the monster aloud and fix any spots that sound weird. Then you send it off to a publisher and write the next one.
I went, hey, that sounds easy! So I’m going on to step 2 with this draft. Then steps 3 and 4. I’m hoping to get it done by the end of September and start shopping it around.
The question foremost on my mind is the book cover … and what I want it to look like …
Also, I’m pondering using a sphinx in a future story. According to my research, sphinxes (sphinxi?) don’t get used in books as major characters. Mostly they cameo as a throw-away monster, like in Harry Potter.