Writers Tricks of the Trade ISSUE 3, VOLUME 7 - Page 12

NYT B EST S ELLERS L IST J AN 15, 2017 NYT Complete Lists COMBINED PRINT & E- BOOK NON-FICTION 1. KILLING ENGLAND BY B ILL O'R EILLY AND M ARTIN D UGARD 2. WE WERE EIGHT YEARS IN POWER BY T A -N EHISI C OATES 3. WHAT HAPPENED BY H ILLARY R ODHAM C LINTON 4. THE DANGEROUS CASE OF DONALD TRUMP EDITED BY B ANDY X. L EE 5. ASTROPHYSICS FOR PEOPLE IN A HURRY BY N EIL DE G RASSE T YSON D ON ’ T A LWAYS E MULATE Y OUR F AVORITES (C ONT ’ D .) I have a book I’m currently reading to my writer’s group. I write it when Dubya was still in office (yeah, it was that long ago). So far, I’ve deliberately left it the same except for minor tweaks, knowing it isn’t up to snuff. When I read the first chapter to the group, I provoked the group by bringing up a rhetorical question about “Every other thriller I’ve read lately does it this way.” The responses I got were what I expected and generated discussion. It boiled down to the fact that the story started too slow with too much description and not quite as bad as mine. I did it to make a point and I did. If everyone else is doing it, why can’t I? Because it isn’t right, that’s why. It’s not up to my standards or the standards, we as writer’s are striving for. YOUR STORIES ARE YOUR LEGACY When you get published, those books will be out in the world in some form, long after you croak. Do you want future generations to look back and think of you for lousy writing? I certainly don’t! Happy writing . Fred COMBINED PRINT & E-BOOK FICTION 1. ORIGIN BY D AN B ROWN GET CREATIVE IN YOUR DESCRIPTIONS 2. THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS BY R UPI K AUR FOR EXAMPLE... 3. SLEEPING BEAUTIES BY S TEPHEN K ING AND O WEN K ING 4. IT BY S TEPHEN K ING 5. THE CUBAN AFFAIR BY N ELSON D E M ILLE F ALL 2017 P AGE 4 W RITERS ’ T RICKS OF THE TRADE