This Is Not a Blog About Paul LePage

As tempting as it is to keep writing about issues and politics, I just don’t feel like taking on immigration this morning. I know the president gave a speech about it last night. I’m sure that half the country is aflame with hate and spewing vitriol this AM, but I just don’t have the heart or the energy to do the usual binary shuffle this early in the day. Although……

Speaking of vitriol, me and the newly re-elected governor rarely see eye-to-eye on any issue—that being said, three of my best five days for blog stats in 2014 involved posts centered on good ole’ Paul LePage—like this one on NASCAR and economic boondoggling. The next four years should be good ones for anyone buying stock in the LePage Blogging Industrial Complex.

Actually, today I’m going to throw a bone to the aspiring book writers out there. Having taught a course in writing a book in 8 weeks (when in reality, it takes about 8 months), I know that the topic of writing and publishing a book is one that many are interested in.

I found this link on Twitter, courtesy of a tweet by Tabitha Reimer (@WordsbyTabitha), and it prompted me to craft today’s short post. Reimer’s link got me thinking about the “break the project down into bite-sized pieces” philosophy, especially as applied to writing a nonfiction book, via Nina Amir.

The10 tips highlighted by Amir, founder of National Nonfiction Writing Month, also known as the Write Nonfiction in November Challenge, are terrific. In fact, #10 is the process I utilized—motivated by the students I was trying to inspire—in getting The Perfect Number: Essays & Stories Vol. 1 out the door.

Essays are a good short book project.

Essays are great for attempting a short(er) book project.

Amir’s short books format as proposed could certainly allow someone with some writing skill (and who is used to writing regularly) to crank out a manuscript that might become a book, in one month—and she’s chosen November as her month to promote that very thing. Of course, the challenge becomes, what to do with the manuscript once it’s done. That’s where Publishing 101 comes in, an area I know a little bit about. There’s my version of it, which draws on my own experience of more than a decade, and then there are other excellent ones out there, too, like Guy Kawasaki’s (along with Shawn Welch), and what they call, “artisanal publishing.”

I also think Amir is spot-on about why blogging is important for anyone aspiring to write a book, or two (or four). Sounds counter-intuitive, but it’s not. Take it from someone who uses blogging to keep the words flowing.

The governor and me getting our Moxie on.

The governor and me getting our Moxie on.

2 thoughts on “This Is Not a Blog About Paul LePage

  1. I do have to ask why Amir chose November, when there is a very well publicised Write a Fiction Novel in One Month event that occurs every year in November. Is this like the breast cancer biddies jumping on Movember–one month a year about men’s cancers and it still gets stepped on?

    When it comes to bite-sized, I always liked Paul Fussell’s approach: ten manuscript pages a day on a yellow legal notepad until it was done. No more, no less. There was a British author, Victorian, name escapes me, who did very similarly and refused to read what he had already written when he started afresh the next day. Tom Wolfe in our time works similarly. The great American poet Robinson Jeffers (who towered among poets until he got on the wrong side of the Roosevelt-Churchill clique, and then all but disappeared) used to cut and place stones on his house and the tower he built for his wife, Una, in the morning, and then spend the rest of the day working on his poetry. He needed the physical exhaustion to focus his mind.

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