Monday, August 8, 2011
Peter Orullian and Brandon Sanderson Book Signing
I learned to respect Peter a little bit more as he admits he gets up at 3:30am to write. O.k. You get the uber dedicated writer award! Wow. Respect the man.
I learned some truly great things from them. These are of course paraphrasing.
I also learned from him recently (just had to add this) that when he writes first drafts he just writes them. Then he goes back and fixes everything, puts in his 'show don't tell' elements, etc. etc.... which is good to hear because my first drafts are just horrible. Obviously the timing/pacing is way off. Even though it's obvious, it's still good to hear that someone who's a most amazing writer still has horrid first drafts and works up from there.
In answer to the question I placed to them both Brandon said the thing he learned the most in writing was to write that second draft. Revise, revise, revise. He didn't want to and there was always that next novel pulling for his attention. I think I can recognize that pull. There are so many stories I want to write, but I haven't the time, I need to go back and make novel #1 perfect first.
Peter's answer was of course, staying true to you and writing what you really want. Oh, and your first 1 million words don't count, so keep writing. You know the old adage, don't let your own lack of experience stop you, because unless you keep going you'll never get the experience you need.
Gentlemen, thank you for lending me your evening. You are awesome. Bravo!
To your families who had to be without you during your vacationing time, thank you for your sacrifice, you are equally awesome.