First Drafts and Lazy Writers – a Rant.

First drafts and lazy writers go hand in hand.  If you want to be a writer do the basic work!  I’ve read the first ten manuscripts sent to me by Bookkus publishing.  William is too busy to vet them so I’ve agreed to help him out, read them, and pass my comments onto him.  I suppose I’m a gatekeeper of sorts.  What am I learning?  You can have a dynamite story but if you can’t engage or intrigue readers in the first 5-10 pages no one will read on.  Lazy writers abound.  Only two out of the ten I was sent are worthy to pass onto William and then maybe he’ll post them for reader reviews.

First drafts abound and they’re always a mess.  Authors, you’ve got to get some feedback for your stories, and not from your mamas.  Look around the internet and read 10 Basic Rules of Writing and respect them.  Start here on my site.  Then go here.   I read such crap it’s unbelievable.  Spelling and grammar are easily rectified by software on your computer, so USE THEM.  Show readers you didn’t write your story on a serviette or during a Vietnamese sleeper bus ride.

Every so often I meet someone who says “Yeah, cool, I’d like to write a book, too.”  Sure, pal.   Only if you do the basic work.

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