Welcome to Day Three of the Goodbye for Now Writing Tip Blog Tour. For today’s tour stop, please enjoy a special guest post – writing tip from author Laurie Frankel. Also, make sure you check out here novel, Goodbye For Now with its new paperback cover!
Goodbye For Now by Laurie Frankel
Published by: Doubleday on May 7, 2013
Genres: Romance, Women's Fiction
View on: Goodreads
Grab it: Buy on Amazon
About the Book:
In the spirit of ONE DAY, comes a fresh and warmhearted love story for the 21st century. Sometimes the end is just the beginning . . .
Sam Elling works for an internet dating company, but he still can't get a date. So he creates an algorithm that will match you with your soul mate. Sam meets the love of his life, a coworker named Meredith, but he also gets fired when the company starts losing all their customers to Mr. and Ms. Right.
When Meredith's grandmother, Livvie, dies suddenly, Sam uses his ample free time to create a computer program that will allow Meredith to have one last conversation with her grandmother. Mining from all her correspondence—email, Facebook, Skype, texts—Sam constructs a computer simulation of Livvie who can respond to email or video chat just as if she were still alive. It's not supernatural, it's computer science.
Meredith loves it, and the couple begins to wonder if this is something that could help more people through their grief. And thus, the company RePose is born. The business takes off, but for every person who just wants to say good-bye, there is someone who can't let go.
In the meantime, Sam and Meredith's affection for one another deepens into the kind of love that once tasted, you can't live without. But what if one of them suddenly had to? This entertaining novel, delivers a charming and bittersweet romance as well as a lump in the throat exploration of the nature of love, loss, and life (both real and computer simulated). Maybe nothing was meant to last forever, but then again, sometimes love takes on a life of its own
Day number three of the Goodbye For Now Writing Tip Blog Tour: Hump Day! Hooray! Today’s the easy day which seems just about right for a hump day. This is my best, my first and last and always, piece of writing advice. I do it myself. I make my students do it. I never skip this step. And it is, bar none, the most useful piece of advice I’ve got. Ready?
You know how everyone says if you want to be a writer you should read a lot? This is true. And you know how everyone says if you want to be a writer you have to practice and write a lot? Also true. But the most important part is this: bringing the two together. You have to write about what you read. You have to learn to read like a writer. Every time I finish a book, I write about it. I write down what worked about it and how, what didn’t and why not, what I can emulate, what I should avoid, what it allowed me to see about my own work.
For me, this writing takes essay form. I often start with background — plot summary, approach, reception, sales even, reviews, what I know about the author…this sort of thing. The essays then often turn into my bitching about the book or my babbling, incoherent, OMG-I-love-it-so-much praise. That’s fine because no one’s going to read it but me — it’s not for anyone else. And that’s part of this exercise too. If you’re writing all the time for other people, you get into the (good) habit of thinking about audience. But sometimes you just need to write. And this allows for that.
Meanwhile, once I’ve got all the babbling and bitching and rambling and idle thoughts out of the way, I get down to business. I make a list — an actual numbered and annotated list — of what I learned. Be specific. These aren’t amorphous things like: be true to yourself and your characters. No, these are applicable, useful things like: very short chapters work well when they jump back and forth between characters. Or: characters names need to be really different from one another otherwise I can’t keep Amy and Abby straight in my head. See? Practical, applicable, simply articulated. Plus, you’re reading (actively, critically, generously), you’re writing (practice practice practice and without an audience to worry about), and you’re reading like a writer, which is the first and last and all the way through step to becoming one.