Sunday Surprise


I have contacted a few people to do guest posts, but either they didn’t get back to me with the post or didn’t decide a date, so I thought I’d do the Words of Wisdom/Writers on Writing today – in the hope to welcome more guests later in the month. So, for your eyes only (so to speak, since this is a public blog, LOL) and because I’m too busy writing and formatting and publishing this weekend to do much else, here are some more words of wisdom from writers!

Then around a year and a half ago I started toying with the idea of self-publishing. The main reason I started writing in earnest, five years ago, was I wanted to be able to control something creative. I’d been involved in many endeavors that required several people and lots of money to get off the ground. Something broke down in each one of them. But writing was all me. I either did it or I didn’t. It either sucked or it didn’t. There would be no one else to blame if I didn’t make it. So self-publishing began to look like the perfect fit for me.

D Robert Pease

 

I also wrote a prologue for Ascension, but ultimately cut it because *I* didn’t feel it fit.  This is part of the empowerment of self-publishing.  I’m not writing to suit one individual’s tastes (read: the agent).  I’m writing for myself.  I will frame my books and pace my stories the way I deem best.  I will succeed or fail based on my own decisions, not those of someone who’s looking for “the next big thing”, so long as it fits their particular mold.

S.L.Madden

 

The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.”

– Neil Gaiman

 

Would you have any words of advice for the would-be-writers out there?

Start today. Write. Finish what you start. Submit what you finish. Repeat. Don’t get caught up in the ‘someday I’m going to do that’ trap. Don’t blog and tell yourself that it puts you on the road to being a published fiction writer. It just makes you a blogger. Get your stories down on paper now. Don’t wait. The stories that you can and would write today are irreplaceable. The story you will write at 15 can’t wait until you are 30. It won’t be the same story. It will be gone. Don’t write a lot of stuff in other people’s worlds. You are not a cookie press pushing out dough into a pre-set shape. You’re a writer. If you don’t write your own characters and worlds now, today, no one ever will.

If you don’t write them now, your characters will shrivel up and die, unknown, unread, unmourned, and it will be ALL YOUR FAULT!

(Isn’t guilt a wonderful motivator?)

Robin Hobb in an interview at Grinding to Valhalla

 

Stop spending your time worrying about things that are beyond your control. You can not control who reads your books, who buys your books, or what they think of your books. Just keep on writing!  You’ll find your audience. There’s even an audience for bad writing. Like, really bad writing. All kinds of people are reading eBooks these days – even the functionally illiterate. That horrible pile of crap you saw at Amazon might just be someone else’s favorite book.

– Shaina Richmond, indie author

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  1. Liked Robin Hobb’s thoughts the best. I even copy-pasted it to my Notes. I think I need to do something with the three books that I have written and publish them. I’ll do my best and forget the rest. At least someone would read them – and one is better than none.
    (Something’s definitely wrong this morning, the word that I write, seem to be rhyming!)

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