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Reasons I love conventions with writing panels include: Coming away with the best ideas AND the motivation to work on them.

posted 1 month ago on 07/06/14
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"Don’t wait. Writers are the only artists I know of who expect to get somewhere by waiting. Everyone knows you have to dance to be a dancer, you have to sing to be a singer, you have to act to be an actor, but far too many people seem to believe that you. don’t have to write to be a writer. So, instead of writing, they wait. Isaac Asimov said it beautifully in just six words: “It’s the writing that teaches you.” Writing is what teaches you. Writing is what leads to “inspiration.” Writing is what generates ideas. Nothing else-and nothing less. Don’t meditate, don’t do yoga, don’t do drugs. Just write."
— DANIEL QUINN (via booksandpublishing)

"You don’t understand an antagonist until you understand why he’s a protagonist in his own version of the world."
— John Rogers (via psych-facts)
posted 4 months ago on 04/03/14 via bookersdewitt · © psych-facts
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"

1. Don’t think that being published will make you happy. It will for four weeks, if you are lucky. Then it’s the same old fucking shit.

2. Hemingway was fucking wrong. You shouldn’t write drunk. (See my third novel for details.)

3. Hemingway was also right. ‘The first draft of everything is shit.’

4. Never ask a publisher or agent what they are looking for. The best ones, if they are honest, don’t have a fucking clue, because the best books are the ones that seemingly come from nowhere.

5. In five years time the semi-colon is going to be nothing more than a fucking wink.

6. In five years time every fucking person on Twitter will be a writer.

7. Ignore the fucking snobs. Write that space zombie sex opera. Just give it some fucking soul.

8. If it’s not worth fucking reading, it’s not worth fucking writing. If it doesn’t make people laugh or cry or blow their fucking minds then why bother?

9. Don’t be the next Stephen King or the next Zadie Smith or the next Neil Gaiman or the next Jonathan Safran fucking Foer. Be the next fucking you.

10. Stories are fucking easy. PLOT OF EVERY BOOK EVER: Someone is looking for something. COMMERCIAL VERSION: They find it. LITERARY VERSION: They don’t find it. (That’s fucking it.)

11. No-one knows anything. Especially fucking me. Except:

12. Don’t kill off the fucking dog.

13. Oh, yeah, and lastly: write whatever you fucking want.

"
— Matt Haig, “Some Fucking Writing Tips” (via alcantrez)
posted 5 months ago on 03/25/14 via flossybuff · © matthaig.com
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Halfway (I think) into my DABB story at 9k. Does it make sense, or is it any good? Not a clue. Hope so.

posted 5 months ago on 03/14/14
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spindizzily:

SO THIS IS A THING, A THING OF BEAUTY, THAT I HAVE BROKEN heyheyrenay WITH. PRODUCES SUCH WONDERS AS

  • "The Maltese Shah’s Bodacious Maiden"
  • "The Assyrian Cad’s Sleep-Deprived Wedding Planner"
  • "The Scottish Paper Company Sales Representative’s Tasty Feminist"

GO FORTH INTERNET AND ENTERTAIN ME FOREVER.

(ALSO y’all should totally write things based off these titles and submit them for the funnies. :D)

posted 6 months ago on 02/15/14 via outrospection · © spindizzily
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"A writing career isn’t a short game — it’s a long con.

You should always be writing, but never be hurrying.

It takes the time that it takes."
— Chuck Wendig, “It Takes The Time It Takes”, on his blog (via jaimecallahan)
posted 7 months ago on 01/21/14 via terribleminds
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"Writing is a lonely job. Having someone who believes in you makes a lot of difference. They don’t have to make speeches. Just believing is usually enough."
— Stephen King | On Writing (via moodymarshmallow)

girljustdied:

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posted 8 months ago on 12/27/13 via ladysaviours · © girljustdied
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posted 8 months ago on 12/13/13 via taokan · ©
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"There are some themes, some subjects, too large for adult fiction; they can only be dealt with adequately in a children’s book.

The reason for that is that in adult literary fiction, stories are there on sufferance. Other things are felt to be more important: technique, style, literary knowingness. Adult writers who deal in straightforward stories find themselves sidelined into a genre such as crime or science fiction, where no one expects literary craftsmanship.

But stories are vital. Stories never fail us because, as Isaac Bashevis Singer says, “events never grow stale.” There’s more wisdom in a story than in volumes of philosophy. And by a story I mean not only Little Red Riding Hood and Cinderella and Jack and the Beanstalk but also the great novels of the nineteenth century, Jane Eyre, Middlemarch, Bleak House and many others: novels where the story is at the center of the writer’s attention, where the plot actually matters. The present-day would-be George Eliots take up their stories as if with a pair of tongs. They’re embarrassed by them. If they could write novels without stories in them, they would. Sometimes they do.

But what characterizes the best of children’s authors is that they’re not embarrassed to tell stories. They know how important stories are, and they know, too, that if you start telling a story you’ve got to carry on till you get to the end. And you can’t provide two ends, either, and invite the reader to choose between them. Or as in a highly praised recent adult novel I’m about to stop reading, three different beginnings. In a book for children you can’t put the plot on hold while you cut artistic capers for the amusement of your sophisticated readers, because, thank God, your readers are not sophisticated. They’ve got more important things in mind than your dazzling skill with wordplay. They want to know what happens next."
Philip Pullman, born October 19, 1946 (via otherromanticverbs)
posted 8 months ago on 12/03/13 via catholicaramis · © annaverity
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outrospection:

cherith:

So I’ve been pondering an idea, and i want to gauge people’s interest on the idea of a multi-fandom Crime Big Bang challenge.

The idea behind a crime big bang would be to write your characters involved somehow in criminal activity, either as participants in the crime or the law enforcement tasked to stop them.  But think big.  The crime should be the major focus of the story.  

Like…The Sleepy Hollow gang manufacturing a heist to steal the Horeseman’s head from a museum vault.  Siles and Derek as federal agents tracking down a gang of werewolf drug traffickers.  Thor and Loki as mobsters running a prohibition age speakeasy (someone please write this!). This is the chance to write that mobster AU you’ve always wanted to write.  Or the opportunity to write the Leverage gang meeting up with the Oceans team to perform the biggest heist ever.  I mean the opportunities for crossovers and AUs here are pretty awesome.  

If you’re up for it, like or reblog this, leave me a message, whatever.  If enough people are interested, I’ll get things up and running soon-ish.  

If you’ve ever wanted to wrap yourself up in noir tropes/aesthetics like a whiskey-soaked comfort blanket while you plot how to knock over a vault with a giant robot t-rex, some red lipstick, and a prayer as you double-cross someone, this is a thing that needs to exist.

Don’t tell me nobody’s thought about these things at least once a week.

posted 9 months ago on 11/27/13 via outrospection · © cherith
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Crime/Heist Big Bang?

So I’ve been pondering an idea, and i want to gauge people’s interest on the idea of a multi-fandom Crime Big Bang challenge.

The idea behind a crime big bang would be to write your characters involved somehow in criminal activity, either as participants in the crime or the law enforcement tasked to stop them.  But think big.  The crime should be the major focus of the story.  

Like…The Sleepy Hollow gang manufacturing a heist to steal the Horeseman’s head from a museum vault.  Siles and Derek as federal agents tracking down a gang of werewolf drug traffickers.  Thor and Loki as mobsters running a prohibition age speakeasy (someone please write this!). This is the chance to write that mobster AU you’ve always wanted to write.  Or the opportunity to write the Leverage gang meeting up with the Oceans team to perform the biggest heist ever.  I mean the opportunities for crossovers and AUs here are pretty awesome.  

If you’re up for it, like or reblog this, leave me a message, whatever.  If enough people are interested, I’ll get things up and running soon-ish.  

posted 9 months ago on 11/27/13
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An Email About Writing, And My Response

terribleminds:

Hello, Mr. Wendig,

My name’s [REDACTED], and I’m a second-year at [REDACTED]. I was going for an Economics major, found that it wasn’t for me (I hated it, and I wasn’t good at it). Now, I want to major in English.
I’ve been hearing these nasty horror stories about writers going hungry, being unable to find jobs, and, recently, I read a blog post about how writers die off almost at the rate of artists in L.A., New York, and… Sedona, Arizona, was it?
I want to try to find a job in the editing or publishing industry because I love books, especially novels (I know, I know, “another one,” right?) and I believe that I have the personality to be successful as an editor or a publisher. That is, if I can get the job first and work my way up in the company.
Actually, my real dream is to become a novelist. Which is a lousy dream to have right now. I should know. I studied the economy for a year and a half (ex-Econ major, remember?).
I feel lost. I feel lost and scared. What I’ve been doing is collecting the life stories of English majors, poets, and novelists to try to figure out how they got where they are as professional writers that get to do what they love for a living. I want to be like them, but I don’t know how to get started on that path. They always tell me that everyone takes a different route, but I want to know some of the routes that I could take. I’ll have to carve out a fork in the road to get to the finish line eventually—I know that—but I want to see how much guidance I can get before I can decide the best route to carve. it’s kinda like an RPG. You go through the village following these routes, and you can follow what the villagers tell you, or you can ignore them, but in the end you gotta take your own path through the creepy, dangerous forest. So. I guess that makes you a villager. Maybe the friendly local village Wordsmithy?
What I’m asking for is your life story, and any advice you might have. I do take the advice that I receive to heart. Please respond; I will appreciate any advice that you have to offer.

Best wishes,
[REDACTED]
My response, which may or may not be helpful to the author of the e-mail and to you:
Hi, [REDACTED]!

I adore the RPG metaphor.

Don’t be scared.

I mean, you can be a little scared, but that should also come with a little exhilaration.

This is actually a pretty good economy for people who want to do their own thing.

So: after college, get a job. A day job. In publishing or out of it. Take the time when you’re not doing that to write a novel. And if that one sucks, fix it. And if it sucks so bad you can’t fix it, then write a different novel. Do this again and again until you maybe sorta semi-kinda know what you’re doing.

Make sure you have health insurance. When the day comes sooner or later that you won’t have a day job and you’ll be jumping out of a plane, building a parachute from your manuscript pages, we now have the ACA marketplace (which should be working by the time it matters for you) to help you obtain health insurance at a price that doesn’t kill you.

Write every opportunity you can.

But live every opportunity you can, too. We fill our creative coffers by experiencing the world around us. And we spend what’s in those coffers on the page.

Tell the stories you want to tell.

Bleed on the page.

Don’t chase trends — let trends chase you.

Be excited. Love writing. No reason to do this thing if you don’t love it. Don’t just love the result. Love the process. Even when you hate the process.

Learn why satisfaction is more important than happiness. Why long-term bliss means more than short-term dopamine release. 

Tell stories about characters, not about plots.

Tell stories about you that nobody knows are really about you.

Write what you know except when that stops you from writing what you want to write — then use it as an excuse to know more and write more.

Worry more about writing good stories than getting published. The publishing industry is just the minotaur in the middle of the maze: the challenge at the end. You still have to get there. You still have to wander the maze in order to fight the monster.

Don’t feel like you have to write just one thing. Write the things that make you twitch and smile and scream and clamp your teeth. Write those things to which your heart and soul respond. Write to your loves. Write to your fears.

Say things with your work. Make the words about something. About more than just what’s on the page.

When you have a novel you love and trust: seek an agent. Or self-publish. Choose a path and then choose the other path later down the line to mix it up. Seek diversity. Aim for potential and possibility.

Hell with the doubters.

Down with the haters.

If this is something you really want to do, do it.

Embrace the fear.

And write.

Good luck.

— c.
posted 9 months ago on 11/14/13 via terribleminds
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I haven’t actively been doing nanowrimo this year, nor haven been working on one thing, but I’m really pleased with my word count so far this month.  I’m just shy of 18k, and that’s not counting what I’ve written so far today.  That’s ahead of the nano count by… days.  I almost wish I’d decided to do nano after all.  November just seems to be a good month for me writing wise.

To be fair, this is about as much as I’ve written in a single month all year, and I’m not working in any of the things I SHOULD be working on.  Perhaps that’s how I can manage 4k in a day on kmeme things.

I just have to figure out how to repeat this phenomenon on things in should be working on…

posted 9 months ago on 11/08/13
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