I can’t imagine another field of study where you could take a Ph.D. in the field, a success, a student, and a struggling newbie, put them on a stage, and each will act as if they know more than the others.
I once argued that it is because we are all given the basics to writing in school. It’s not like music where you have to spend years studying an instrument before attempting to perform in public, or painting where you have to have some drawing skill. Frankly, we all know how to put together a sentence. Nouns. Verbs. We’ve each had this drilled into our brain since elementary school. So what’s the big deal? You do that, you make up some stuff, and, Shazaam!, you have a story, right?
And haven’t we all heard the expression about how everyone has a book inside them? Philosophically it’s a neat idea (if you think of your life as a story, I mean), when it comes to actual fiction it gets a little dicey in my opinion.
See, I’m not sure if we really give the creative talent needed to do something truly unique the respect it deserves in today’s world. And now with the breaking down of the publishing industry, the rise of self-publishing, and the internet, we have entered a whole new age in storytelling. I have no idea where fiction will be a hundred years from now (let alone ten), but I find this all very exciting. It shows that literature is a still breathing, living artform, no matter what people argue about print.
I’m still kind of new to the whole blogging world, but from time to time I like to write about, well, writing. It’s my passion, it’s what I know, and it’s where all my field of study has been in since I graduated from high school. So when I started this site, it was inevitable that my typing will find its way towards books.
I spoke a few weeks ago about the need for all of us to blog more about great writers (Here is that link), and I thought with this entry I might point to some of my writing editorials that might be of interest to you.
Why? Well, I’m a know-it-all, of course.
Self-Publishing, Newbies, & the Biz
This may be a controversial stance in today’s internet writing world, but I like to think of self-publishing as something that should be done as a last resort (which is also the title of one of my articles, funny enough). However, you have today hundreds (thousands, possibly millions) of writers going this route before truly considering all of their options for their work. What they don’t realize is that in doing this they might be affecting not only their growth as a writer and the potential for their book to grow (many times with the help of a skilled editor’s hand), but also their possible success.
- The Trials of Self-Publishing: Why I Consider It a Last Resort
- The Mistakes of the Newbie Novelist
- Finding That Right Literary Agent: Five Things to Consider
- Talking Short Stories in Today’s Writing World
From Atop My Pedestal I Give You Writing Advice
I love to talk about writing, and writing about it comes along for the ride. What is more fun is that no one can interrupt me in a post as I do it. Oh, the power of it! Here are some of my pieces about creating in this unique artform.
- 10 little nuggets of writerly wisdom to consider: From one struggling writer to another
- More writerly wisdom: Writing is like… riding a bike, lifting weights, being a spy, hearing voices, finding your passion
- Some Writing Advice: Leave Home
- Writing Advice: Never Be Happy
- The Trick of Finding Inspiration for That Novel
Who Wants to Make a Movie?
Writing a movie is not easy, it is a very different enterprise to writing a novel. There are two articles I wrote that could be useful I think to anyone considering taking up the pen (or keyboard) and attempting to create in that genre. The first is a 101 article (which will help you avoid the mistakes a lot of new writers in the field seem to make), the second is around the issues of adaptation.
- Screenwriting 101: What Every Budding Film Writer Needs to Know
- Adapting One’s Precious: Why most new novelists should personally avoid adapting (or thinking about) the inevitable screenplay
The Life of a Writer
Writing is done alone, there is no applause during the process (unless you applaud yourself which is a wicked awesome idea and good for you). I don’t remember if it was Kurt Vonnegut or not, but someone said that writers are people that think they can do a better job than God. Well, if that is the case, we don’t get any of the perks with that power, that is for certain. Here are some more introspective pieces (and possibly funny) about being a writer.
- Biggby, I am sorry
- Rewatching Sunset Boulevard: A Struggling Writer’s Nightmare
- My Mad Genius Moment (and the selection example)
- The Road More Traveled: Sacrifice and Luck, the Two Paths to Writing Success
If you liked reading my article (and maybe my book in process, Permanent Spring Showers), why not check out some of my published books? I had two novels published in the last few years, My Problem With Doors and Megan. You can find them via my amazon.com author page here, or as an eBook on Google eBooks here. Thanks for reading!