You’ve been chatting online for the past few weeks with the girl of your dreams. Surprise. It’s actually a guy named Kyle who enjoys playing World of Warcraft and overdoses on double-stuff Oreos. And that supplement you’re taking to help you beef up a little. Surprise. It shuts down your liver and has been shown to cause growth in breast tissue – which is not a good thing since you’re a dude.
Things aren’t always what they seem. We simply need to take a closer look.
Your online crush tells you that she has a closet full of Manolo Blahnik shoes and, of course, you should know better… no self-respecting woman would be caught dead in a non-trending shoe. Or your eyes start turning yellow and then the little girl at the grocery store comments that your boobs are as big as her Mommy’s. Maybe you need to start paying attention.
With writing, it takes two things to bring this clarity, time and a second pair of eyes. Do yourself a favor. When you’re finished with your masterpiece and think it’s ready to send out to agents and editors to fight over, take a moment. Well, more like a few months of moments. Stash the book away somewhere so you’re not tempted. After time has passed, retrieve it, send it out to a few beta readers and wait for comments. Then, armed with fresh feedback, go back through your story with a fine-toothed comb, and take no prisoners.
Our eyes may play tricks on us, but soon enough, if we look long and hard enough, we realize what the truth is. Let that be true about our writing as well.
Books by William Darrah Whitaker
My Life as a Sperm
Buddy Price, a Hollywood agent, dies in a car crash and finds himself in Heaven. There, he discovers God’s had enough with people and plans on pulling the plug if we can’t learn to get along – a ‘love thy neighbor or else’ sort of message. An unlikely hero as there ever was, Buddy convinces God to let him fix things and gets a second chance. From the first few lines of the book, we know that he’s probably the last person we’d want to depend on to save the world, but God’s got his plan. Our fate rests in Buddy’s hands… or, who knows, maybe he’s just crazy and needs lithium or something.
Reviews so far:
Fun, fast, witty read – “My Life as a Sperm is an entertaining read that will keep you engrossed and laughing from beginning to end”
Cheeky and imaginative – “Whitaker takes a playful, tongue-in-cheek approach to topics that are usually only discussed seriously, and he does so effortlessly”
Five star wild ride – “Do yourself a favor and prepare to read one of those books you can’t put down”
Available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
William Darrah Whitaker, author of My Life as a Sperm