Monthly Archives: December 2016

feedback

Our Feedback to the Feedback

We address a question and a comment from listeners.

1. From listener Christian—I’d be interested in hearing what you guys think of Heilein’s rules for writing (only 5, not 20). Not so much the first two, but the last three.
http://www.goodreads.com/…/421667-heinlein-s-rules-for…
Rule One: You Must Write
Rule Two: Finish What Your Start
Rule Three: You Must Refrain From Rewriting, Except to Editorial Order
Rule Four: You Must Put Your Story on the Market
Rule Five: You Must Keep it on the Market until it has Sold
― Robert A. Heinlein
2. Listner Ian, who isn’t a writer, offers some surprising perspective.
We also get onto a tangent along the way about the name of the podcast. One of Jon’s favorite Vladimir Nobokov novels is Despair. (Link Amazon.)

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Ten Years To Finish A Book

We talked about movies and TV.
We talked about how Jon finished his third novel.
We mentioned that it took ten years.
We talked about the difference rewriting makes.
We talked about the business of writing.
We talked about how late in the process major details are figured out.
We talked about what it takes to take a book from good to great.
We talked about metaphors for editing.