Author of “Al Capone Does My Shirts”
- After first draft, keep it and do a new one.
- Believe in the process of improving the manuscript.
- You don't run into the fridge fast to move it. You do it slowly and gently. If you get like that about your manuscript, slow down.
- If you find yourself not wanting to work on a chapter, it's a big clue that it's not working.
Go where the heat is!
- If the heat's there for you, it's there for the reader.
- Resist doing chapter one over 400 times.
- Don't 'baby' your characters, because life doesn't.
Put a character up a tree and throw rocks at them? This doesn't work for GC. She needs domino effect stuff that makes other stuff occur. The tension builds.
- She once went to a scummy bar with a friend. (This was the inciting event)
- Her friend went home with some guy.
- The friend dropped out of school and got married to the guy from the bar. (Sub-plots included sitting her friend down to talk about it and having a huge falling-out).