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Monday, November 01, 2004

1. How To Write A First Draft Novel In 60 Percent Less Time

My intention as a writer is to thrill and excite my readers with dramatic action. This is not a personal thing I want to present of myself; in fact, it is more a statement of my effect in the marketplace of the human soul than a bit of information abou tme. Yet in many ways it is a highly significant it of info, and one which can be examined for it's assumpsions.

Clearly writers would like to have sincere motives. It is all to easy to dismiss commercialism from a serene and cynical veneer of individualism. It is hard to develop one's own relationship with commerce.

Robert Kiyosaki tells a story about commercialism. When he was in Singapore, a young female journalist apporached him and ask d his advice. She had written for a literaru audience, and she wanted advice on how to become famous with her writings.

Kiyosaki's advice is memorable: Get a job doing sales. She reacted with shock to his statement. But Kiyosaki was adamant:

"The reason I have written bestsellers is not because I'm the best writer," he reasoned, "But because I'm good at selling."

For me Kiyosaki embodies the optimistic realism of the marketplace. His stories teach in a lively way. But the deeper ingredient of such a writer is the sense of purpose they bring to their work. This sense is more the flowering of a reflective character by grace than it is a deliberate process of (for example) learning sales. I would go further: it is this context of an internal blossoming that triggers a person to be willing to learn sales or any other skill set needed for the job. Without the grace of inner attainment, the satisfactions of the world pall to shadows and show.

There are ways to inspire this blossoming:

Love other writers work. Actually find the specific paragraph that makes you swoon with pleasure, and write it out and show it to your friends. It is a significant level of growth if also that you have friends you can share beauty with. Write it out on computer or hand. Write it and then look at it in a new light. This is the fastest way to conquer grace.

Write down your top ten motives. The poet Rilke said that the idea that is most true for him is that which draws all the parts of himself upward in inspiration, pride, attainment, and growth. So find the motives that are anabolic to you body, life-inspiring to your heart, and which arouse your mind to big ideas. This small work will repay tenfold in the electric effect of this reflection in your writing, and in the increased passion of the experience of writing.

Many optimistic realists such as Robert Kiyosaki write about purpose, goals, and so on. Since I strive to be merely realistic in my life, and admire and revere these optimists, I can hardly criticise them. But it is important to acknowledge the general limitations of the human mind and body:

We do not know the end of our lives. We do not know wherein our contribution lies. Nor, when we really get down to it, do we fully comprehend the phenomenon of man, the nature of knowing, and the astonishing fact that we subjectively experience our world. All these things are mysteries that realists or optimists or reasoning folk or even subtle and brilliant intellectuals can only take stabs at. So it is useful to spend time - a lot of time even - comprehending the way your mind generates your particular sense of reality. The brilliant intellectuals such as Shakespeare, Tolstoy, and Dostoevsky in literature are notable for the radical perspectivism in their work. This extraordinary and luminous quality - of representing multiple perspectives in a unified way - is the direct growth of subjectivism - the realisation of our limits of experiencing. Their moral greatness is a source of profound pleasure because they embody the thing they speak of, in all its subtlties and complexities.

So this is the first and most profound step in writing a novel. This step is backed up by the corollary - that writers write. Reflection is loveliests when it is directed towards action. The word for this, orthopraxis, is the essence of the dictum that writers write. Writers write because they reflect and contemplate. And writers reflect and contemplate because of WHO THEY ARE.

Who are you?


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