The writing advice in The Writer’s pages tends to be of the
earnest variety. We aim for both practical tips and inspiration to keep you
going. But sometimes what you need to keep your spirits up is a good chuckle or
some tongue-in-cheek suggestions. Enter Richard Hine’s blog post “How to write
a novel in 30 years or less.” Hine recently made publishing news by inviting advertising
professionals to submit book trailers for his novel Russell Wiley Is Out to
Lunch as part of a contest sponsored by Amazon.com and Zooppa.com.
Writers who tend to procrastinate will appreciate his
unhurried take on novel writing, including my favorite pearl of wisdom: “Investigate
new technologies. Is it possible yet to transmit your thoughts to a computer
wirelessly and have them spell-and-grammar-checked and put directly into an
ebook format? If not, check again at three-month intervals. You never know when
a breakthrough will occur.”
And this one: “Fight that rising panic. Read a book about
how to write a book. And a few writer’s magazines too.” May we suggest The
C. Lange, associate editor
P.S. If you haven't already seen the winning book trailer, here it is:
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