The start of phase two of ‘The Book’!
Back on the 1st November, I started out on the journey to write, before the end of November, a novel of a minimum of 50,000 words. It was part of the NaNoWriMo annual encouragement for new writers. To my amazement, I completed a first draft.
However, now comes the hard work! For as Stephen King explains in his book, On Writing,
When you write a story, you’re telling yourself the story, when you rewrite, your main job is taking out all the things that are not the story. (p. 57)
Or as I read somewhere else: Your first write is for you, your rewrite is for your readers.
Either way it doesn’t get around the fact that for the next several weeks I need to be spending hours rewriting the first draft.
Which is my way of saying that until that rewrite is complete I won’t be able to spend so much time writing posts for Learning from Dogs. In other words, there will be more republication of other articles and essays that catch my interest, repeat posts back from the earlier days of the blog and the publication of essays that you, dear reader, have sent me (hint!!).
TED Talks is an amazing resource that thousands use. Not infrequently, a TED Talk finds its way to these pages; as indeed one on dieting will be offered tomorrow.
For today, however, enjoy this wonderful, and powerful, TED Talk by Benjamin H. Bratton.