A while ago, like ten years or something my cousins who is published traditionally, and who publishes independently gave me a book.
It’s John Truby’s Anatomy of Story.
At that point I didn’t get it. I didn’t understand how to use the book, didn’t think I needed the book, and was determined to do it on my own.
Here’s a tip, when someone gets you something and they’re trying to help you, use it. Do whatever it takes to understand it .
If you don’t get it, ask for help. It’s really okay to ask for help.
Go to Reddit and ask. The people on R/writing are awesome.
But use whatever is at your disposal.
I never asked. I was stubborn and borderline asshole.
The belief that we can do something ourselves and ignore what people tell us is stupid.
You need help, ask.
Now that I’m trying to figure this out(ten years later)I’m struggling to do so.
I should’ve listened to her. Paid attention and not just read the book and not understood it. I should have done a lot of things differently.
Now that I am doing things different, I understand she was trying to help me.
She was trying to get me to understand writing on a different level.
It’s taken me a while but I’m getting there.