Monday, October 15, 2007

Writing tips

It’s always so hard for me to come up with blog topics. I want to keep them writing related and if I can plug my books (Callye’s Justice) so much the better. Sometimes promoting your book (Callye’s Justice) is a difficult thing. You know the story is amazing. You know you want it to sell but you only want to reveal so much. In television commercials they are able to subliminally suggest their products (Callye’s Justice) without making people want to cringe when they read your blog or website. How to do a subliminal advertisement (Callye’s Justice) since you can’t hear the post? I suppose I’ll have to think (Callye’s Justice) of something else to write about.

Actually, the above was just written to help me wake up. Mondays suck…a couple of weeks ago I told you I’d decided to post some writing tips for you. I also asked to hear your opinions. No one posted a thing. I get so frustrated doing all this blogging and no one reads it. How frustrating! But I guess as an author I should be used to talking to myself. So I’ll write a few more tips and maybe someone will actually see it.

I’ve read so many articles about writing. Can I be a writer? How do I begin? Where do I find my story line? How do I develop the characters? Who do I submit to? Ebook or print? Questions whirl in a kaleidoscope of psychedelic colors sucking you down until you’re afraid. Very afraid. Take a step back and breath. I’ll try to answer those questions with basic answers:

Can I be a writer: Sure! Anyone can. See there is a difference between a writer and an author. Writers sit down and just let themselves go--okay that’s an author too. An author is someone who has sadistic tendencies. We are gluttons for punishment. There is the research for that great American novel. (And I don’t care who you are there is always some research involved.)

After we’ve written that great American novel we then write a letter to the editors that be in a publishing house and wait (im)patiently for a response that can be heart breaking. A Dear Author letter can crush even the strongest of spirits. Still you persevere constantly writing letters, sending them to the next place, and the next place and the next, ad nauseum. It then hits hard, maybe my great American novel sucks metal and spits nails. What do I do now? Write another book and try again. Remember Stephen King, Margaret Mitchell, George Orwell and JK Rawling ALL got rejection letters. Think of those nasty letters as battle scars.

Next week we look at beginnings.

Hope to see you there!


Taryn Raye said...

I find myself asking those questions in my mind all the time. I know I can be a writer, maybe not published, but I'm finally starting to "find" my writerly self and trying to temper my questions and fears with confidence and hope that I will someday be able to see them in print one day.

I have wanted to be a writer for more than half my life- about 22 years. Until last year, that fear had a hold of me. I used excuses for over ten years about why I hadn't finish the first novel I ever attempted.

I finally finished it last September, did rework this year as well as wrote my 2nd and 3rd novels since. Albeit, I've not submitted anything, but I did overcome the fear of actually writing. That was a big hurdle for me, never believing that what I wrote was good enough to have an "ending."

My new hurdle- the courage and belief in myself to actually get my novels whipped into shape and submitting them. At this point, I'm more afraid of actually submitting than I am of the rejection.

Time to take a step back and breath, right? :o)

Becka said...

It took me 8 years to finish my very first manuscript. I worked on it only on and off because I never looked at it as more than a "hobby", a pipe dream. Why? Mainly because family/friends told me it was so hard to break into publishing, romance was a ruthless, cutthroat genre, and that I'd just get rejected again and again.

(I know, not much of a support system, right?)

Well, I've been wanting to be an author since I was 7 years old. I'd taken electives in high school to prepare me for it. A typing class to learn the keyboard, multiple creative writing courses, advanced English, a psychology class... So my deal was I wanted to see if I could do it.

To make a long story short, the book that took me 8 years is now published (THE WOLVERINE AND THE ROSE) and is in bookstores nationwide. You cannot even imagine how happy, ecstatic, overjoyed, and at times, overwhelmed by that realization.

The point is, you cannot let ANYONE step on, poo poo, or negate your dreams. Even yourself. You say, Taryn, you're afraid of submission more than rejection. Sounds like you're afraid of getting accepted. Aside from the goo-gobs of promotion an author must do along side of writing their books, there's really nothing to fear. If you're good enough to be published, you'll have fans. And sure, there will be someone who doesn't like your books. But you can't please everyone all the time.

If you set yourself up for pleasing everyone, then yes, you'll be frustrated and heartbroken at a bad review. But it's all a part of the biz. You've got to separate your heart from your work, and I know that is a hard thing to do for artistes like us (lol), but we're producing a product, not asking the masses to "like" us.


Taryn Raye said...

I hadn't really thought about it, but you could be right! LOL