Agree or Disagree?
Agree and disagree.
Drink coffee now–Agree.
Cut the number of emails in half–Disagree. I like watching the email total grow, like its a small plant I’m nurturing and loving. Often I’ll prune it and trim it, but there it goes just up and up and up. If I deleted all of my emails, what really would I have left?
Write something else–Agree. Just wrapped up a book project, a publisher is interested, but I don’t have time for that–I’m 10,000 words into the next one. (Okay, I mean I do have time for it, just like I’m not obsessing over it).
Get to work motherf****r–Agree in principle. I have sensitive ears so I’m not exactly sure what Mel is suggesting in that latter part. But I understand the “get to work” part. That makes total sense. I’ve never understood the “complete reworking” advice once something’s been rejected. Just move on and do more work. Come back to it later, perhaps, but not to the point of ruin. Constant tweaks won’t change the fundamental essence of a story. Forget it and see Mel’s advice above.
It works if you work it.
I have no idea how I first started communicating with Mel but I love his stuff, especially FREIGHT and Grease Stains, Kismet and Maternal Wisdom. But he’s always been a huge encourager and supporter and I always want to read what he’s writing. Oh yeah, he lives in Massachusetts somewhere and likes the Celtics or he used to until this season probably. Go to his website, you’ll love it there. Adore him on Twitter.