What SnooWrite OnWrite-AwayPerspireDon't ForgetBooks n'stuff
Life is a Beach
Platt-etudes

PLATT-ETUDES

RANDALL'S TOP SUGGESTIONS
(Bits and pieces that I have learned the hard way.)

  1. THE FIRST AND LAST LAW OF FICTION
    Never write anything that does not ADVANCE plot or ENHANCE character.
  2. CHEKHOV'S COROLLARY
    If you have a gun placed on the mantle it had better go off by the end of the play.
  3. THE CORONER'S COROLLARY
    Learn the fine art of murdering your children. Eeeeuuu!
  4. THE COOK'S THEOREM
    Quit when you're ahead - too many rewrites over-thicken the plot. Know thyself and know when to quit.
  5. THE DIRECTOR'S LAW
    Enter a scene after it's already begun.
  6. THE RANDALL RULE
    Stories are like fine wines - choose yours carefully and once you uncork the bottle, finish it - unless it was a bad year in which case at least use it for vinegar.
  7. THE THEORY OF RELATIVE COOLNESS
    Retaliate with caution. The best way to save face is to keep the lower end of it closed.
  8. THE TEACHER'S CONUNDRUM
    FASGAP - Forget About Spelling, Grammar And Punctuation. Get the damn thing written!
  9. PLATT'S PRINCIPLE
    Reference your fiction as you would nonfiction. You will be challenged.
  10. THE AUDIO AXIOM
    Learn the value of the Audio Daily Double - read your work aloud - twice - once to yourself and once to someone else who cares.
  11. THE WE'RE-IN-THIS-TOGETHER PROPOSITION
    Network - join something, write letters, read the trades, team up, share thyself.
  12. THE GINKGO BILOBA COMPOUND
    Only Nat King Cole could pull off 'Unforgettable!' Write it down NOW! No matter how 'unforgettable' it is, you'll forget it.
  13. THE DIVISIVE, DECISIVE MOVEMENT
    A body that is in motion tends to stay in motion: In other words: the wrong decision is better than no decision.
  14. THE FINAL FORMULA
    Persistence + Luck + Love + Talent + Professionalism - Pessimism - Excuses = Success
Randall Platt
Contact
Ten Books I read every five years:
  1. The Bridge On the River Kwai - Pierre Boulle (who also wrote Planet of the Apes!)
  2. Cold Sassy Tree - Olive Ann Burns
  3. To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
  4. Three Men in A Boat - Jerome K. Jerome
  5. Huckleberry Finn - Mark Twain
  6. One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest - Ken Kesey
  7. The Great Gatsby - F. Scott Fitzgerald
  8. Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
  9. On the Beach - Neville Shute
  10. Shane - Jack Schaefer