I really like this advice from fellow writer, Terry Odell. One of the toughest parts of writing is to know when to stay true to your vision and when (not to mention how) to implement the advice of others.
Attention Indy Authors: I have an unexpected opening the first of April. If you have a project that you are ready to have edited, I currently have a slot. Feel free to pass this along if you know of someone who may be in need of an editor's services. Thanks!
I am always tickled with the idea of promoting being unplugged on a social media platform. The truth, however, is that Creatives do need time and space in which to retreat so the imagination can be seduced into coming out to play. My hope is that each of us who need to unplug for a while each day (or each week) find the ways to do that.
This is a wonderful article that gets to the crux of powerful story-telling and capturing both a sense of awe and a deep love for the characters we create who different from ourselves. #writingtip
The "best writing advice" always comes back to a few basics -- never quit, read a lot followed by write a lot. The advice in this blog from Medium offers all that and more whether your concern is your writing space or techniques for getting clear. One of my favorites is from Andrea Wulf who contends we don't have to be kissed by a muse.
My friend (and excellent writer), Pamela Nowak, brought this to my attention. More than one famous author has attributed their success to leaving out the parts that bore readers. This list helps identify those possible boring parts and highlight the parts that work well.
Since I love all things related to the craft of writing and story-telling, I have a big ... not to mention, growing! -- library filled with writing books. I'm always interested in what other writers view as the best writing books. The list in this article has a few that I don't own, but more than half of the books are also ones in my library that I would recommend as the best. Amelia White, the author of this article, has at the top of her list Strunk and White's ELEMENTS OF STYLE. I agree with her.
Many authors have said something to the effect of, "Most of writing is rewriting." Knowing the truth of that and liking to rewrite -- revise -- are two different things. I really like what Lisa Preston has to say about this process in her Writer's Digest article. Whether an author chooses to indy publish or submit to a traditional publisher, revision is an important tool. If the prose looks as though it has fallen effortlessly out of the mind and through a writer's fingers to the keyboard, there's a high probability that the piece has been revised and edited.
Attention Authors. If you are considering indy publishing and if you are ready to engage the services of an editor, I have an opening in February. Check out my website. If you're interested or have questions PM me.
Barbara O'Neal is one of my favorite authors, whose insights about creativity and the inner critic are a gentle reminder that being creative and the business of being creative are not the same thing. I hope you enjoy her article about the inner critic as much as I did.
The following is excellent advice from Nathan Lowell for anyone considering the "indy" route for publication.
Donald Maass is both a legendary literary agent and an incomparable writing teacher. His most recent blog in Writer Unboxed is about the relationship protagonists have with the worlds they inhabit. An excellent article for authors who want to create believable worlds, regardless of genre.
Writers tend to write what they know, and this includes the ethnicity of characters. At the same time, there's the desire to be inclusive and to express diversity, which can result in the best friend or confidant being a person of color. Hallmark movies often have this, and I find myself wishing the roles were reversed. This terrific article by Jason Evans discusses this pitfall, and even better, identifies how to avoid it. I especially like the term "agency" that Jason uses to describe the process of creating believable secondary characters, which should be the standard for ANY secondary character.
Indie authors, this is for you.