- Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.
- Give the reader at least one character he or she can root for.
- Every character should want something, even if it is only a glass of water.
- Every sentence must do one of two things — reveal character or advance the action.
- Start as close to the end as possible.
- Be a Sadist. No matter how sweet and innocent your leading characters, make awful things happen to them-in order that the reader may see what they are made of.
- Write to please just one person. If you open a window and make love to the world, so to speak, your story will get pneumonia.
- Give your readers as much information as possible as soon as possible. To hell with suspense. Readers should have such complete understanding of what is going on, where and why, that they could finish the story themselves, should cockroaches eat the last few pages.
Some Great advice from Kurt Vonnegut
I've halted work on coloring my pages ( shucks, I was having such a good time) and have begun to rewrite. I'm cutting a lot of the first part of the book and taking it in a different direction– developing characters and plot.
Many of the images I'm posting won't all be into the final book...
Hope you like 'em anyway.
It has been over a year since I put paintbrush to paper (and Photoshop pen to tablet) and am really enjoying it.
This is the opening page of the second section (of 3) of my book. (As with most of the work posted, I need to add color.)
Drawing will halt for a bit as I review the text of this part. I haven't reviewed the writing in 8 months so I expect it will look new to me. I hope it isn't too awful.
Thanks go to Mrs. Marta Cabeza for inviting me to speak at Pembrooke Pines on Friday. Looking forward to meeting her and her students. (They are reading Mendel's Daughter in English Honors class.) Here's the article about my visit posted on the school's website– I love the photo of a worn copy of the book!