As mentioned during the planning stages, I spoke at Wellesley College on October 14, 2018. I had an excellent time being hosted by the Wellesley Wildcards, who showed me incredible hospitality and made me feel very welcome through an overnight stay, a presentation, a lunch and dinner, and a hangout with the students.
I’ve got a new video for you here at the end of 2017 . . . and it’s about why you shouldn’t become a writer.
In all seriousness? It’s not a discouraging video. It’s about five elements associated with writing that you’ll have to be able to handle (or learn to handle!) if you’re joining this weird wonderful world.
A topic near and dear to my heart: let’s talk about word count!
In this video, Julie Sondra on Appropriate Word Count, I give you information on what the expected word counts are (approximately) for different novel types, why this matters, and some tips on how to get your book to be longer or shorter depending on what you need.
Just thought I’d gather up 10 disparate myths I’ve heard all around here and there regarding various aspects of publishing and address them in a video. Have you heard these myths? Heard some of your own? Were surprised to hear what parts of them are false and which are based on truth?
Here’s a video about something uncomfortable: when authors from majority backgrounds create an excuse to write about their group as an oppressed minority.
It’s almost never a good idea to write a story with a premise like “what if men were oppressed?” or “what if black people enslaved white people?” Not only because people who write these stories tend to have an agenda and feel they’re being made irrelevant by greater equality in the world, but also because they tend not to truly understand those marginalization narratives well enough to write them convincingly. This video outlines some examples of story ideas that have done this and some thoughts on why it’s rarely advisable to do this.
My latest video offers perspectives on why it’s so important to collect your own observations directly when you’re researching for a book. Your take on the world is what makes your story something only you can write, so that research should be personal too!
I’ve seen too many people make excuses for why their stories aren’t “diverse,” so I made a video about why this is important and why authors should think really hard about why their stories lack diversity if they do.