Now let me be clear: I don’t mind when other people write sex scenes. You wanna write it? Go ahead. You wanna publish it? Go ahead. I honestly don’t care. There are issues with the way it’s often portrayed for sure, but then again, there are always issues with the way women are portrayed. Sex… Continue reading Why I Won’t Write Sex Scenes
Writers are proud people. Very proud people. In fact, many take criticism about as well as they take to a bite from a diamondback rattlesnake. Those things are scary. I’ve run into a few on hikes. Not fun. Now, like a bite from a rattlesnake, criticism probably won’t kill you or any writers out there.… Continue reading What They Don’t Want to Hear
Hey! So I’m going to try and write weekly blog posts again. We’ll see how that works out. Anyway, today’s topic is a hot one in the writing community right now: Twitter Contests. For those of you who don’t know what these are, they’re contests put on twitter by authors, agents, and sometimes publishers to help… Continue reading Twitter Pitch Contests
When I was 16 I laughed at that saying. I thought it was a joke, but it turns out, a lot of writers work that way. Apparently. Steven King, Hemingway, etc. It’s like, their brain works better and more efficient when they’re under the influence of alcohol. Five years later, I’m not sure how I… Continue reading Write Drunk, Edit Sober
Anxiety. We all have some of it. Anxiety over tests, over flying, over not getting homework done or waking up late for work. The list goes on, and on, and on. It’s talked to death about in psychology journals, on television, and in our daily lives. I don’t have some anxiety. I don’t experience panic and… Continue reading What if one day I can’t?
Hey guys! So, recently I joined a new site called Writer Pitch, started by Samantha Fountain. She organized it after her successful competition, Agent Match. Now, it’s a pretty cool idea. It basically gives writers a chance to put their work out for agents without the constraint of a contest. It takes away one of… Continue reading A New Site for Writers
I’ve been attempting to pitch The First Nine for a while now. I’ve sent it out to about ten agents, have received ten rejections, put it through Pitch Wars, PitMad, PitchMadness (All run by Brenda Drake who’s blog is here), and now AgentMatch (run by Samantha Fountain), and I’ve learned a whole lot about what agents… Continue reading Why Elephant won’t be popular with agents and publishers || Update
So, school. That thing. The thing that destroys all the other things. Until you leave. And then you realize that it’s the thing that you need to survive the other other thing called life. Unfortunately, until that day, we as students are stuck with homework, class, professors who don’t understand the definition of nice, and… Continue reading Is there an Elephant in the Room?
After a recent experience with a negative response to a critique, I’ve decided to dedicate this blog post to advice on how to deal with those people who just can’t handle being told you don’t love their work. See, here’s the thing about critiques: You should be honest, and you shouldn’t be afraid of saying… Continue reading Negative Responses to Critiques
So, religion. That thing that has existed pretty much since the beginning of mankind. There are thousands of different recorded religions in history, and they have shaped our world. Our society, our life, our families, our culture. Everything in our life has somehow been influenced by some form of religion. So, of course, it’s important… Continue reading World Building: Religion