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The Sober, Happy Author!

Posted by on Jul. 31, 2013 at 11:20 AM
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Hi Y'all! You've probably seen the movies with the inebriated author sporting a month's beard growth blazed across his face in all its scratchy glory, he's bleary-eyed, hung-over from a week long binge (or longer), hasn't eaten in several days, lives in a flea-bag apartment, he's broke, miserable, alone, and on the brink of suicide. Well, as far as I know with the authors I've been happy to meet, that tale is told by an idiot, full of sound and fury. We are all a happy breed because we are doing what we love, even if the pay is small. Of course, there are the exceptions like Plath and Hemingway, but the way they lived I believe encouraged being depressed. This picture sort of disappoints those who expect every author to suffer before he can write a novel that impresses the elitist publishing crowd. And you've also heard the tales about the notorious blank sheet of paper, and the agonizing over that first sentence we must write to begin our story. Unfortunately, that is too true. My first novel, The Garden of Souls, was easy because I had a real person who begins my story, and the first sentence encapsulates what is about to occur, "I am a dead man." But the rest is filled with lessons learned, the good guy wins, and the bad girl is transformed, plus, the bad guys get theirs. All in all a very satisfying read, and it was satisfying to write. However, that said. The second one was a different story (no pun intended). I must have rewritten it at least a hundred times. I am completely satisfied now, though. FINALLY! That first sentence took a whole year for me to write! Okay, okay! You say, "Why is that first sentence so hard?" It's simple. That is the sentence that entices the reader to buy your book, sets the pace and style of the story, and should propel you forward. Think about all the famous first sentences: "Call me Ishmael," or "They used to hang men at Four Turnings in the old days," or "I am a sick man. . . . I am a spiteful man." These sentences are literally unforgettable. So, how does a brand new author compete with the likes of Melville, du Maurier, or Doestoyevsky? By coming up with something completely brilliant. And that, my friends, is the conundrum, the riddle of writing that must be solved before you can proceed. No one is completely brilliant every time they sit down to write. It might take a hundred times, a thousand times, and sometimes you have to settle for pretty darn good. It almost drives you to drink! Oh, but didn't I just debunk that? Sigh. I'll have another double, please.
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SophRichRel
by Group Owner on Aug. 2, 2013 at 2:46 AM

So happy to have you! Do you have a link to your book?

cherivause
by on Aug. 2, 2013 at 8:56 AM
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Here's the link from Amazon: amazon.com/author/cherivause Here's the link from B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/the-garden-of-souls-by-cheri-vause?store=allproducts&keyword=the+garden+of+souls+by+cheri+vause Here's the link from Xulon: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781626971141 If for some reason you can't get the links to work then do a search for The Garden of Souls by Cheri Vause. I also have a blog at: http://www.cherivause.blogspot.com I have links posted there, too. I also have a book only blogspot at: http://www.thegardenofsouls.blogspot.com I have an email address specifically for my book and links to Amazon and Xulon.
SophRichRel
by Group Owner on Aug. 3, 2013 at 12:57 AM

Awesome! Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with us. 



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Quoting cherivause:

Here's the link from Amazon: amazon.com/author/cherivause Here's the link from B&N: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/s/the-garden-of-souls-by-cheri-vause?store=allproducts&keyword=the+garden+of+souls+by+cheri+vause Here's the link from Xulon: http://www.xulonpress.com/bookstore/bookdetail.php?PB_ISBN=9781626971141 If for some reason you can't get the links to work then do a search for The Garden of Souls by Cheri Vause. I also have a blog at: http://www.cherivause.blogspot.com I have links posted there, too. I also have a book only blogspot at: http://www.thegardenofsouls.blogspot.com I have an email address specifically for my book and links to Amazon and Xulon.


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