I was searching through some old writing files on my computer, stuff I’d not looked at since about 2001, and I re-discovered an old Excel spreadsheet called “The 100 Best Novels of All-Time.” Upon opening the spreadsheet all these years later, it looked like some arcane code which made no sense to me now, even though I was the one who made it. Ahhh, how time ravages the memory. After a bit of sleuthing, I finally figured out what the list was, and why I’d made it. The results are both interesting and instructive. So, what is the #1 Greatest Novel of All Time?
As writers working to perfect our craft, sometimes I think half the books ever written are about how to write better. With such an ocean of ink slinger advice to swim through, how do we know where to start, where to focus, where we’ll find the most cleavage…ah…I mean leverage? Clearly the answer to this question is debatable, but for this writer, one simple rule applied with pit-bull tenacity has done more to heal my prose of a plethora, a deluge, a superfluity of literary abominations than any other, and probably all others combined. If you can remember only one point of writer’s craft (one is often my limit), then this is the one.
In this episode…we kick things off with a little skit poking fun at the slow motion (but accelerating) demise of traditional publishers, and chat about why right now is the most exciting time to be an author since Gutenberg invented the printing press. And in the middle of the video, I will make a bold prediction about how many new author millionaires will be created in the next five years.