When I don’t write I feel bad about myself. Like I’m a failure and somehow not worth the food it takes to keep me alive. Harsh I know but that’s how I feel. And the longer I go without writing the worse I feel about myself. The guilt made it even harder to write. What if I sit down and I can only write crap today? Where along the line I forgot that writing it fun. It’s my escape. Getting through this was and still is not easy. But I found some solid steps to get myself and hopefully you headed in the right direction. The direction that keeps you writing and working hard to make your dreams a reality.
A lot of authors have a few things confused when it comes to writing and genre. Some, think genre doesn’t matter until you’re ready to market. And some think it doesn’t matter at all. Neither assumption is correct.
Resistance is one of the hardest things to overcome when you’re trying to write a book. Everyone says just put your ass in the chair and write. Just do it. But how often do you find yourself in the chair with no idea what to write? Even if you have an outline and know you’re supposed to write the resolution of the beginning hook you don't know what or how to go about it. Ambiguity is one of the other things you need to overcome as a writer to get that book out into the world.
So how do you beat resistance and ambiguity, put your butt in the chair, and write the damn book?
2018 started out rough for me, but I think (fingers crossed) things are looking up! If you checked out my goals for this year, you’ll know it was pretty busy. Well, it’s gotten busier! We have such an incredible Summer planned at Amphibian, and I’m so excited about it! Of course awesomeness comes with a ton of planning, and a lot of my to-do list has to do with my personal goals as well.
In my goals for 2018 I mentioned quarterly check ins and I’m glad I did. Things changed in a big way for me in April.
As you may recall one of my goals was to write a book a month. I do still want to write a couple books this year (four to be exact) plus some Starsboro Chronicles but it’s no longer my only focus for the year.
I was involved in a Facebook group discussion recently which, among other things, helped me decide to avoid social media for the next week. An author in a science fiction and fantasy group asked about how important it is to describe the main character in a book. I, among others, suggested that being vague in your description isn’t always a bad thing but to listen if you get consistent feedback that readers want more. Now, my definition of vague, means that there is some kind of description happening, also another author brought up a good point, race should be included because readers tend to assume the character is white unless told otherwise. Anyway, another… gentleman, disagreed with me. Which is fine, I don’t expect everyone to agree with me and I enjoy debate but he was rude. And he kept saying things that not only will prove harmful in his career but could be harmful to others who might not know what I do. One of the things he insisted was that if you need to get feedback from others you lack confidence as an author. Rather than engage him more that I already did I thought I’d talk to people who won’t jump to conclusions and try to rip my head off. He will never hear what I have to say but you will. So here’s some tips for becoming a better writer. I hope you find this helpful in your career.
As I've studied story I found the rules of structure to be incredibly helpful. So you can imagine my surprise when I read posts by other authors claiming they hated formulaic writing and thought it made their stories dull. The thing is, if you want your story to "work" it has to follow some basic rules. Just like a building needs scaffolding in the beginning, you need structure in your work. First, in today’s post we’re going to discuss the basics of structure while you’re outlining your story. Then later on this week I’ll talk about how you can keep the necessary scenes without becoming predictable.
Thinking about resolutions seems to be what all the cool kids do this time of year, and while I’ve never been one for resolutions, I’m big on goals, lists, and so forth. A lot of my goals this year are similar to those I had last year, sadly, but I’m going into 2018 with a bit more in my toolkit, so I’m feeling really optimistic.
I’ve been thinking about this post for a while now. I think knowing how little I accomplished this year. I know I did what I could. And I know that if I hadn’t been pregnant and had a new baby I could have completed more. I don’t regret having a baby, don’t get me wrong. That little angel brightens my everyday and I wouldn’t change that for the world. I just needed to come to terms with where I am now. And remember that I can’t do as much. So, without further ado here are my author goals.
Earlier this month I made a joke to Cameron about when we do these in vlog format how my goal recap will mostly consist of me staring down the camera with vacant eyes and saying “nothimg” when she asks what I accomplished that year. And as much as this made me giggle, it’s hard when it feels like the truth. So here’s a review of the goals I set for 2017. Stay tuned for what I have planned for 2018!
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