Did you ever read Stephen King's book On Writing
? Great book - short, and best book on writing I ever read. When you go over this, you might keep his advice in mind: rewrite is first draft minus 10%. Like:
Another bone of contention I have with certain authors is the theory that you should play your hands aggressively on the flop so as to better define your hand, and at the same time, to gain more information from your opponents. This theory is actually very effective in limit hold’em, but that theory doesn’t translate well to no limit tournaments.The main reason for that, is simple: it’s too expensive. In limit hold’em, a raise represents just one extra unit, but in no limit hold’em, if you are going to raise someone on the flop to “find out where you are at” it will cost you a pretty penny. Let’s look at an example:
Now ask yourself how you want to position yourself as a writer? That is, what's your "table image?" Do you want to say what some people will read here: "I am smarter than the other guy...." as soon as you start out, or do you want to take yourself out of it and become the "wisdom voice?" The first way is what you have: Another bone of contention I have with certain authors is the theory that you should play your hands aggressively on the flop so as to better define your hand,....
the second way is something like this, which puts the focus on the reader and their experience: You've probably read that you should play your hands aggressively on the flop so as to better define your hand, which works well in limit Holdem where a raise represents only one extra unit. But this concept doesn't translate well to no limit tournaments where a standard raise is several times the BB at least and a very expensive way to "find out where you're at." It also opens you up to a reraise.
The second way positions you as the Voice of Wisdom, your statement " this concept doesn't translate well to no limit tournaments
" becomes then not an argument with anyone, but a fact you are conveying. This might not be the style you want, you might want to be arguing, it will certainly generate arguments among the readers and be a kind of free publicity. But while you are writing, you might want to think about not just conveying ideas and information, but who you want the public to see when they read your work and how you best serve your audience. Writing, as I am sure you are fiinding, is like Holdem - easy to learn, lifetime to master. Really nice job for a first draft, BTW, I wish mine ever looked this good.So, I've had this question for a while. You know, Doyle Brunson always says he wishes he never wrote SS 1 because everyone knew his game after that. You do know the first people to read this will be every pro who might play you, right? I am really looking forward to your book, especially with gems like this in it - but - are you sure
you want to do this? Look what happened to Hellmuth after he wrote his book, his game became an open one!I have to tell you one of my favorite things I ever heard you say was : what's wrong with limping? Bring back the limp!
Whew! Thanks for that, it's nice to have someone open up the advice and say the way I, or anyone, feels their game, might just be valid.