Sometimes, when you’re a writer struggling to break into publishing, well-meaning people will say persistence is key: “Just keep trying!” And while persistence IS important . . . it’s not the whole story. You may need to reevaluate WHAT you’re trying. Here are five tips for people who have kept trying and it isn’t working.
Let’s say you’re working on a book and it’s just not coming together, and now you have to start over. Or let’s say you got feedback from someone you trust and you’re realizing your book has a fatal flaw or could be much better if you made a fundamental change to it. Is this scary? YES! Are there some pointers I can give you to reassure you while getting through it? You bet!
Here’s a video talking through why you might be starting an existing story over again with a new draft and some thoughts on how to approach it.
I’ve heard a lot of grumbling about “voice” lately and how impossible it is to find a good character voice if you just can’t get a handle on the person, so I came up with a list of ten exercises to help you figure out who your character is, how they think, how they talk, and how they feel.
I used to have a kind of negative opinion of people writing fanfiction and thought it was a waste of time. Nowadays, though I’m still not a fanfiction reader or writer, I see how beneficial it can be, regardless of whether it trains a writer for an original writing career. Watch my video for thoughts on fanfiction.
Today I’m sharing a video about gender’s role in determining what we write and how we sell what we write.
The thrust of this video is that I encourage people to be aware how gendered media frequently is in terms of how it portrays certain genders in fiction and how it’s marketed, and what I think we can do to write our fiction to avoid perpetuating stereotypes and making media more inclusive.
Here’s a writing video with some reflections on incorporating religious (and other) beliefs into your characters’ lives. To be honest, it’s really more of a “now NOT to” video, with tips on what to consider when writing someone from a background not your own and some thoughts on invented beliefs for fantasy and science fiction.
Here’s one about an uncomfortable subject: how your rejections or failures in publishing are not best handled by assuming the world is simply unable to comprehend the staggering genius that is you.
It sounds kind of mean phrased like that, but now that I’ve come across two different people in a very short time who sent completely un-self-aware commentary into the blogosphere about how nobody seems to realize they’re rejecting a True Writer On Par With Thoreau, I decided a video was in order. This gives perspective on still being positive and motivated while chasing publication or representation, but not giving into bitterness that leads you to believe the real problem is Everyone In the World Except You.
I decided to do a video with tips and thoughts on writing antagonists, villains, and interpersonal conflict.
I give you several exercises to help you make your villains believable, some motivations to try, some experiments to do, and some examples that display the kind of complex and nuanced interaction I want to see between protagonists and their antagonists.
Here’s a good one for you folks: Social media for authors! This is my video featuring perspectives on using social media, how important it is, and what to consider when choosing the platforms you want.