Okay, so, if you keep up with my newest posts, then you would know I recently covered a bunch of bad habits a lot of wannabe writers seem to have that makes them crash and burn before they really begin. And, in the interest of not only being negative, I thought I would offer some helpful habits that if used will—possibly—increase your comfort toward writing, and your output as a writer. Your mileage may vary of course, and some of these may seem outrageously obvious, but you’d be surprised how many times I’ve told these things to “almost writers,” and they did little to follow them.
Writing is about discipline, after all, and these actions take that same discipline to accomplish. But, though that might sound scary, they are not too hard to do, really. And, from them comes useful fruit.
So, with all that preamble gone and done, here we go. Continue reading
Never stop learning, never stop reaching forward for new creative skills. This world is full of media, so don’t rest on your laurels. Both because you can get bored, and because your audience can get bored. And boredom is the biggest sin of creating entertainment.
Got it? Good.
Now, with that disclaimer out of the way: I have a relatively different bit of advice to offer regarding how one can keep learning creative skills. Most go for reading more fiction, reading craft books, attending seminars, or workshops, or classes, or (my favorite) just writing a ton. And yeah: do that.
Do that now. Do that sort of thing routinely.
But, as another way to increase skill: may I suggest writing outside your genre and/or medium? Continue reading
I’ve talked about how if you want to write fast, you must remove your need to self-correct. How you must not be an editor and a writer at the same time. How self-editing is the enemy of work speed.
I’ve said this many, many times, both online and in person. Continue reading
Sometimes, I say advice with some authority.
This is not one of those times.
I came across an article recently that said third person, past tense, was the best option.
Now, I have a bit of a problem with this because I happen to like writing in the first person.
Sure, you can jump into the head of a character with other techniques—but there is no “deeper” way than having their entire perspective at your fingertips. Continue reading
Writing has rules. I don’t think anyone who’s been at this writer thing a while would argue with that. But, at the same time, we artists tend to like to break the rules, don’t we? It’s an odd relationship, and it leads me to my topic of discussion.
How important are writing rules? Continue reading
Are you ashamed of your word count? Do you feel like you just don’t write enough each day?
Well, you’re not alone. I’d say most writers struggle with word count. It’s a hurdle. Like most targets or quotas.
I mean, hell, the first novel I tried to write–when I was fourteen–was somewhere in the ballpark of 10,000 words, and back then I thought that was a huge feat.
But it doesn’t have to be all that brutal. Or rather, it can be a lot more manageable. Continue reading
So, you’re a character in a novel? And you just found out your author plans to kill you off? Well, I’m sorry to say there’s no hope for you now, but you can at least feel prepared for it. Here, allow me to list off some of the ways you could potentially face your demise!
Honestly, did you really expect to survive this kind of situation? You’ve been fighting monsters all your life (metaphorically or literally) and have been doing detrimental things to keep at it rather than look over your life choices. You been dancing around death the whole story, and now you’re going to trip. You really can only blame yourself for the demon bite/accidental drug overdose. Continue reading
Alright beginners, let me tell you the magic secret to becoming a better writer.
“Write a lot, and read a lot.”
No, don’t you dare. I see you raising your hand in the back. I see you scoffing at me and rolling your eyes. You, slinking behind the buffet bar, don’t even try to run. The metaphorical door is locked and guarded and I hid the key underneath my fedora. Yes my fedora. I know it’s a pretentious hat, but I like wearing it.
So sit down. All of you. Let me disillusion you of some notions. Continue reading