I accepted the position with Penguin Random House in NYC two weeks ago, but haven't written on it until now. Not for a lack of things to say... For as long as I can remember, I've wanted to work with books.
I struggle to write alone in my apartment. (My attention-piglet of a cat doesn't help.) I know many people who need to shut the rest of the world out to focus, but I write best when I'm around other people. Here are some suggestions for writing "socially":
Getting Traditionally Published is War: Since signing the contract and sharing my success with my writing friends, I sort of have survivor's guilt.
We've seen our parents and their peers gamble their zeal and inheritances on a coin toss—the sides are hubris or victory—and we think we've learned better. As children, we screwed our eyelids tight and cast our wishes with footnotes in fine print before blowing out the birthday candles.
When writers pen their first poems, or create their first fantasy/scifi/horror/etc. characters and plots, they often sound cliche. To the friends and teachers of these beginning writers: don't be dicks about it.
When the heroine is forced to marry an anti-hero, but instead of hatching an elaborate but doomed escape plan, she recognizes running is not an option
After categorizing the heroes and heroines from 33 science fiction romances, I matched them up to see if any of the archetypes paired up more frequently than others and came up with 6 archetype pairings.
6 Common Male Archetypes: Beast, Charmer, Neanderthal, Ruler, Second Son, and Slave/Prisoner of War
7 Common Female Archetypes: Damsel in Distress, Rescued Damsel, Earth Mother, Female Warrior, Goody Two Shoes, Translator, and Wanderer
Bites, Lashes, Trauma, and Plot Device When the heroine has scars—indicative of a brutal backstory—which she considers disfiguring and the hero assures her are a testament of her strength The violence or abuse that caused the scars will typically interfere in the romantic relationship. At the very least because the heroine thinks she's not good … Continue reading Archetype Sighting! Scarred Heroine