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What do you think about fanfiction?
Can you read my story/book/proposal/query?
Do you have any writing advice?
The good news is: there’s no secret handshakeSo, my advice is pretty basic: write. Sounds simple, right? But a lot of people want to be writers— they don’t necessarily want to write. If you love to write, you’re halfway there already. Keep at it. Like anything else, you need practice.Carry a notebook with you to jot down ideas. Read lots. And then read some more.
Learn to finish something: a poem, a short story, a novella. The fire at the beginning of a story can flicker once you’re a few chapters in and then you get distracted by shiny idea #15, and that one over there., and wait is that Dean Winchester? Mr. Darcy? (okay those last 2 might just be me!)… so learn to finish. It’s a skill like any other.
And if it’s a fantasy novel or urban fantasy that you’re writing, know your rules. There has to be internal logic, even if it’s all made-up in your head. And those rules? Don’t create them to make things easier for yourself. Your rules need to make you sweat sometimes! It’s not always fun but it makes for a better story.
Try not to worry too much about your “voice”. If you’re true to youself and your story, your voice will orgcanically, magically happen.
Let’s face it, writing a vampire series like the Drake Chronicles means dealing with vampire fatigue in the market–but I had the story and it wanted to be told. I’ve always loved vampires and paranormal fiction, so I wrote it regardless. I wrote it for fun. If you write for the “market”, and not for love, chances are you’ll miss the train. It can take up to 2 years for a book to be published after it’s written and accepted (another couple of years right there) so that market trend? Long gone.
You might still miss the trend, but if you’re writing for love, it won’t matter quite as much.
There are several very helpful books out there for writing:
The Writers Digest books, “Writers Book of Days” by Judy Reeves, “The Right to Write” by Julia Cameron,
“Poemcrazy” by S. Woolridge.
Some of the Idiot’s writing guides have good tips as well! And author biographies are fun too. I especially love the Brontes, Jane Austen and the Romantic Poets.
And one of my all-time favourites is “Letters to a Young Poet” By Ranier Maria Rilke
Writing advice from other people
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