James Patterson's Masterclass on Writing

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James Patterson's Masterclass on Writing

Postby mikeyboy_esq » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:19 pm

Just finished watching James Patterson's MASTERCLASS on writing, and it is filled with great advice for newbie authors! I only wish I had watched this before writing my 1st book. Apparently, James spends ALOT of time and attention on getting the outline right before he starts writing the chapters. I enjoyed hearing how he handles literary agents, co-authors, advertising and Hollywood. I look forward to watching Judy Blume's Masterclass on writing soon.

If you have watched one of these two Masterclasses, please let me know your thoughts.
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Re: James Patterson's Masterclass on Writing

Postby ostarella » Tue Jan 09, 2018 12:57 pm

Any advice is worth considering. I happen to strongly disagree with Patterson on outlining and other things, but there's always a nugget here and there to think about and see if it works for you.
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Re: James Patterson's Masterclass on Writing

Postby Brien Sz » Tue Jan 09, 2018 3:25 pm

I did his masterclass as well about a year ago. I found several nuggets worth chewing. Some was stuff I read already. I enjoyed listening to his process and I thought it was well worth the money spent. That mega outlining approach of his doesn't fit with how I write but it certainly works for him. Look, he outlines a lot and can toss those outlines to other writers to fill in the blanks. It's how has created a cottage industry and made a gazillion dollars - God Bless! Whatever it takes. Who knows, maybe I'll be an outliner some day, just isn't today... at the moment.

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Re: James Patterson's Masterclass on Writing

Postby I.W. » Wed Jan 10, 2018 4:53 am

ostarella wrote:
> Any advice is worth considering. I happen to strongly disagree with
> Patterson on outlining and other things, but there's always a nugget here
> and there to think about and see if it works for you.

Yes, I agree with you. I only create a broad outline of the entire short story or novel before I start writing, but I almost never do the same before beginning a new chapter. Only when I feel stuck on some scene I use outlining as a fairly effective method of advancing my story.

Nevertheless, it is always interesting to learn how other authors create their works. But you should never blindy copy techniques that might work for others but not necessarily for you.


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