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Saturday, October 18, 2014
Your daily Ralph- Content
So I was messing around with
Goodeads.com the other night, updating stuff, and I usually stay off of
goodreads. I have a notorious hate/hate relationship with that site. I do not
like the readers there. Many there are pompous asses and wannabe writers as far
as I’m concerned. They get a big thrill out of shooting down authors books
there, for the most part. The average reader there thinks they work for the NY Times
book review or something. They are horrific for the most part, and get a big
thrill out of trashing someone’s novel. So I do not spend much time on
goodreads at all.
But while I was there I did
a few things on my very seldom used authors page there that I started almost
two years ago. I came upon a question about writers block and how I get past
it. My answer is I do not get it, which is true. There may be times when I just
don’t feel like writing,. But that does not mean I’m blocked. Most of the time
I can pick up and write just fine, wherever I am, as long as I have the proper
Content is huge. It is just
something that cannot be underestimated. It may seem like I’m being arbitrary
about this, but believe me I’m not. You have to know where you are going with a
story, and you have to know what happens in-between that is the kicker. It’s
like saying ‘I drove from New York to California.’ Or instead saying ‘I started
in New York and drove though New Jersey where we stopped at a diner off of I-80
for breakfast. Then we continued west for five more hours, before stopping at the
Quaker Steak and Lube. We had the hottest wings I’ve ever tasted there, wow!
They were awesome! After lunch we continued on and after about ten hours of
riding we stopped for the night in Ohio at a really cool hotel. We parked in an
indoor lot and had a great steak dinner that night along with a couple of
libations before calling it a night. That was the end of day one on our cross
Do you see what I’m talking
about? There’s a big difference between the two accounts. The reason is the content
of the second account. Content makes a story flow and garners interest, after all,
you have to be interested in what you are writing as much as what the reader
will be reading.
So writers block may be
something that has more to do with what you want to say, and the way you get that
content across. It’s sort of all about not reading between the lines, but filling
in the blanks that happen there.