Mr. Gutfield was fantastic, snarky, and made a pretty darn cool impression on me (ironic because his book was called Not Cool). He is a political satirist, author, humorist, magazine editor, blogger, and television personality. He is the host of Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfield on the Fox News Channel.
Well, I don’t have my laptop back.
It’s estimated that I won’t get it back until May 5th. *cue le sighs and sobs*
But my sister is allowed me to borrow hers while she’s not on it, so, as promised, Greg Gutfield’s advice. 😉 I met him at a Books-A-Million book signing. Me, idiot that I am saw a tour bus in front of a lovely book store. It called my name. I walked in and hopped in line — without a book. Again, me, idiot that I am, waltzed up with my 12 year old sister tagging behind said, “Hey, I don’t have a book for you to sign, but I do have a question for you to answer. Is that against society’s rule of thumb or something…?”
Without further ado, ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Gutfield’s writing advice!
1) Concerning Publishing: Start Local
See if you can print stuff in your local newspaper, blog, etc. It starts as a foundation. There’s no guarantee that it will get you far, but people will read what you write if you get it out there. So start small. And write a variety of things. He was telling me about a lady who started writing about health and eventually made it big.
2) Ask Questions
Even if they’re stupid. Ask. Ask. Ask. The more you know about things, the more you can write about. This is why I, personally, am a huge fan of research. You’ve got to have an element of reality in your story, otherwise it’s just fluff. And no one wants to read anything that doesn’t teach them something or mirror elements of their own lives. And honestly, how much could I know at sixteen? I need to know what I’m talking about before I say something. The same goes for writing. Pay attention to the world around you. The news, society, etc. Your writing should be relevant. (That last statement was my own, but I think it’s something to keep in mind.)
3) Don’t Write Your Feelings
THANK. YOU. When you begin to write your feelings, bad things happen. I’m pretty sure that could have been phrased more intelligently. I was going to bring up Twilight, but I can’t say I have too much of an opinion on it since I’ve only ever heard about it and never read the novels or watched the films.
Anyway: feelings. They’re fickle. If you’re a teenager (as I am), you’re hormonal. You’re brain damaged. I’m brain damaged. I’m pretty sure it gets better. Either way, a story based on feelings isn’t going to leave much of an impression on anyway. Sure, people might relate, but it’s going to be fluff. You need a solid core for your stories and it should be wrapped in layers, not cotton candy.
I think that’s it. Short, sweet, to the point (minus my ramblings).
Mr. Gutfield was snarky, hilarious, and came across as very informed and intelligent.
I appreciated his time and cool way of brushing off the fact that I didn’t have a book for him to sign.
Next time, I think you can look forward to another post on characterization. Possibly. It depends on whether or not I find anything intelligent to say. It seems that it’s all in my head, but once I put the ideas to paper, everything gets jumbled up. 😛
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