|No, this isn't from Snyder's book but it's MY blog post, |
so it's MY cat and my cat likes a little cognac.
Also chocolate. And artichokes.
Now, I tend to be skittish about discussing works-in-progress because I it sometimes feel like my lovely idea, as I speak it aloud, is dissolving into a mound of ugly, unwritable dust. In the face of my listener I see disbelief, uncertainty or, worst of all, boredom. Yet, talking about Save the Cat in the context of learning about my own writing was helpful.
Herewith I will a draw a few conclusions from my Cat-retelling exercise:
1. Saying aloud what you read helps clarify what you really learned.
2. If you're afraid to share an idea, maybe it really isn't all that great.
3. Sometimes talking through a plot actually helps you see AND FILL some gaps.
What's your favorite how-to book? What parts of TALKING OUT LOUD help you improve what's on the page?