“Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand.”
- George Orwell
I actually have no idea, which is why I'm writing this post ha ha...I'm beginning to realize the truth of George Orwell's sentiment. Writing a book is exhausting and, for that matter, it's also humbling; it's never been more obvious to me that even though I love writing stories, I have absolutely no idea what I'm doing.
And yet, that's okay because I DO have:
(a) characters in my head who, in spite of my limitations as a writer, are determined to get their stories on paper (and in case you were wondering, no, I am not currently on any medications although the previous sentence makes it sound I ought to be) and
(b) favorite authors who have used their unique writing styles to complete incredible books that I can read, analyze, and learn from.
So, this evening instead of spending three hours cringing into the depths of despair (aka my current manuscript) before giving up, reaching for a chocolate bar and watching Mad Men, I am going to take a few minutes to analyze two techniques used by two of my favorite authors: John Green and Jack Handy and then ramble on and on about these techniques in the video below. Yay!