This past week, I’ve tried to finish my newest fantasy story – currently with no title, so I just label it ‘D & H story’ for demons and humans. And in order to move forward quickly and efficiently, and most importantly without that little voice in my head constantly trying to correct and perfect my words, I decided to write 20 pages a day. So far so good, guys!
Through this entire process, I’ve learned a lot of things, especially about myself, which I wanted to share with all of you. Continue reading
**Before I start, I wanna share Mark Baron’s post about critiques here and here. Seriously, check it out; the lists are great.**
Now, I don’t have much experience with public critics such as websites and blogs, yet. However, I do have experience with more personal critics, words from people you know. They may be people from a class you’re taking, or a group you’ve joined, even a friend or colleague.
But when you ask someone to read something you’ve written, it places you in an extremely vulnerable place. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t share your work, or that you should hoard it away and hide it from the world. Not at all. Part of being a writer is sharing your work , wanting or even needing to share it. So, being vulnerable isn’t a bad thing. Actually, it’s the best thing for us to be as we write, in my opinion. It makes our stories authentic, the worlds’ that much more interesting and engaging, and the characters relatable, or at least understandable in their actions. And this is even without putting truthful, based-on-your-life facts in them.
“Success seems to be largely a matter of hanging on after others have let go” ~ William Feather
My favorite quote of all time.
I know it’s a bit weird for me to post this after just talking about my critique a few days ago (or maybe, it’s completely appropriate) but every time I’m feeling a bit discouraged, or lose my motivation for writing (or anything, really), I look at this quote. Continue reading
Do you ever feel like you’re hanging from a cliff as you write?
I know I’m not the only writer who goes through an emotional rollercoaster while writing. When you start your story (whether it’s a short story or novel), you may have issues getting the beginning just to where you want it to be.
Sometimes, I dwell in this stage a lot longer than I want to. But most times, as long as I’ve set up the scene well enough, I’m okay. Continue reading