Legend's first and so far only review comes from the person who helped it mature as a beta reader. Does this invalidate the review in any way? No, because I didn't compensate her for her help or the review in any way. And she didn't see the final copy until it was published.
Back in July 2016, I thought I had found the perfect method for writing a book.Then I realized it didn't take into consideration the difference between one paragraph ideas and those that turn into a couple of pages, if not whole chapters. Jeff Goins' 5-draft method doesn't compress things and has the flexibility to accommodate existing material. It also has cool words that actually describe how to treat something.
What determines if someone is a professional or amateur writer? In his post, Jeff Goins outlines seven points (and an eighth, if you look real hard at the intro) of what differentiates one from the other. After reading the article, I decided I'm somewhere in between.
"You put a lot of popcorn kernels in and you heat it up," Kevin J. Andrews said in an interview on The Creative Penn, "But you never know at any one time which popcorn kernel is going to pop or which direction it’s going to fly." For authors, each kernel is a book. Which one is going to pop is the biggest question.
How I Started (And Kept) Writing Every Day stuck a chord in me because the author has the same struggles and thoughts about his incomplete writing as I do. To him, writing every day is about managing expectations, self-accountability, and low-stakes writing.
I have to fight my brain every day. It tells me I should concentrate on making money, forget about writing. It'll say that writing is nothing but a waste of time. To that, I saw oh contre. It's helped me express myself in time of great grief and tragedy, it's given me the ability to vent when I couldn't yet. It's let me be me to complete strangers when personal interaction gives me trouble cause I'm worried about how they are judging me.