Well, I’m glad you asked.
Because Scott has heard every one of your pathetic excuses for why you can’t write that story and he’s written a nifty little book to call you on each and every flimsy whiny token argument.
Scott had this to say about the motivation behind his work:
Writers love excuses. But if they spent as much energy on their work as they do their excuses, they would get much more work done. BS is great for crops, but not for writers. And in How To Be A Whiny Beeyotch, bestselling author, editor, teacher, and speaker Scott Morgan deconstructs 71 steaming piles of writer-crafted BS to help writers get over the biggest obstacle to their success:
You lucky people will be able to swipe a copy off the Amazonian shelf this Friday! You’ve even got choices – digital and print will be available on February 8th, and it also comes available as an audiobook on February 25th. Because he’s smart that way.
Here is one of my favorite bits of wisdom pulled from the pages:
Fuck how many people read your book. Just write the goddamn thing. If you read it, you’ve succeeded. If one other person on this planet reads it, you’ve succeeded immensely. And if your work touches someone, anyone, just one, you are immortal.
And an encouragement every writer starting the journey needs:
Don’t let your lack of experience hold you back from writing and trying. Just write. Just try. One day you’ll look back and realize you have an actual resume.
…and he’s quite good at reminding readers that we should not take ourselves so seriously. I believe he mentions this once or twice and each time, it’s a good reminder. That Scott, he’s a straight-shooter. Arrow to the heart. Knife to the gut. Head twisted back on facing north. You should check him out.
Scott knows his stuff and he’s sharing that experience with others in order to save them the heartbreak of figuring it all out the hard way. And it saves you having to put in more than a decade of time as a journalist. Whew! You should thank him just for that…
He’s also got a stellar collection of short stories re-releasing on February 15th. I’ve read ’em, and trust me, you want to. Fun! Snark! Irony! Don’t forget to mark your calendar and remember to pick up a copy.
While you’re out slogging past the alligators, drop by WriteHook for a quick examination of some more excellent writing advice – or what Scott likes to call further butt-kickings with love. I still hate him for this picture of Sean Connery in a fancy red diaper, but I forgive him because he’s got great perspective on getting the words out.
PS: He’s also the Author of Character Development from the Inside Out – so, what are you waiting for? Pick up one or ALL of Scott’s books and let him browbeat you into getting off the couch and writing that story so the rest of us can read it. C’mon, you know that deep down inside, you really want to…