#72 Scott O'Connor
Yes, you read that right. On Tuesdays, Scott O'Connor shows up at my house along with a band of students.
It really is the most incredible good fortune. When I was offered the chance to host a novel writing workshop this summer, of course I said yes. Get to talk about writing with a bunch of fellow writing nerds in my own house every week? Yes please. And, even beyond that, to learn with a teacher who is the perfect blend of encouraging and practical. I'm so so glad he succumbed to my persistent requests to come on the show so I could share all that encouragement with you.
Much of what Scott shares is straightforward on the surface, but often hard to follow through on: keep writing forward all the way through the draft. Don't let the urge to rewrite a scene until you get it perfect stop you from continuing. It's possible to figure things out by finishing the draft- you won't know where it goes until you get all the way through the story. All these things make logical sense. But writing a book isn't always logical. I hope you enjoy this episode. I have been getting so much from hearing the advice Scott shares every week in my own class, so it's a special treat to share it with all of you.
Discussed in Episode 72 with Scott O'Connor:
Writing all the way through & fighting the revision compulsion
The second draft notebook and the highlighter vs. notebook method
How to keep good notes
Why the novel you end up with is very different than the one you begin
Finding the actual beginning of your book
The Scooby & Shaggy principle of story writing
12 notebooks in a plastic Super King bag
What to do when you get 60-70 pages in and totally run out of ideas
The moment of panic
How to know there's a novel in there
The pessimistic nature of writers
The danger of the public persona of the writer
Ways to mix it up and keep going when you're stuck
The difficulty of getting rid of parts you wrote
taking a sharp right or left out of a stuck place
The trick of endings
Balancing several projects and the new idea as life-preserver