If writing a book (and getting it published) is a video game—think especially of any racing game—there are obstacles, ramps, curves:
I would rather re-do a run, which I knew I could get through, than get frustrated by attempting a more challenging run and failing ... We’re our own harshest critics, right? Supposedly this means that we constantly strive to improve. However, those perfectionists might also be holding ourselves back.
How the hell do I bring myself to get up early in the morning? How do I keep going when my lungs and legs want to give out? What about when I'd rather read all day?
Romance canon, such as Romeo and Juliet or Beauty and the Beast, are used as inspiration because of the stories' integral depictions of love. They are allegories or "formulas" that our culture has almost unanimously but silently agreed on.
Rurik stopped and stared in awe. The runner was glorious, her breath unfurling though she hardly panted. Wavy red hair, as long as her waist, fluttered around her like a tattered cape, glittering with snow. The color was and radiant against the tundra. She was almost on top of him, but hadn’t spotted him yet,… Continue reading Teaser from “Gingerbread and the Fox”
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.
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.
I was so determined to write that scene then, the day of his departure, to prove I wasn't too overwrought. I wanted it to be a symbolic, ironic act, affirming that hadn't been the right relationship anyway
As a writer, I'm a ruler-wielding, bespectacled School Mistress of Pain .... But once the books are out there, it's not as if I can rap readers' knuckles as they turn the pages.