March 6, 2012

The Big Fear

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Hi guys!

Today, I’m guest posting over on Kourtney Heintz’ blog about the scariest thing I did as a writer.

Go take a look?


November 1, 2011

Words Are Cheap

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My creative writing teacher once told me that about 10% of what anyone writes is usually any good. So don’t get too attached to your words. I nodded sagely, thinking I knew it all. I had, after all, edited my first novel. I knew all about killing my darlings, or so I thought.

But then I tried something new: branching conversations for computer games. It was hard. I spent hours plodding over the characters, their motivations, the plots and what I wanted the outcomes of the conversations to be, not to mention how to get there. Finally, I got a decent draft done, I looked it over, and I knew I could make it shine. Proudly, I shared it with my significant other, who, being an honest and insightful man, mentioned the one thing that I hadn’t noticed: the plot didn’t match what the assignment asked for.

And I got pissed. Hell, I went through the five stages of grief before I could let those words go. I’d poured all my creative energy into that draft, and I knew this was what my characters wanted to happen. If it was a novel, I’d hold on to that plot for dear life, so how could I start from scratch? Turns out the answer is easy: you just have to save the original, lie to yourself and claim that you might be able to use it for something later, and move on.

This might sound sad, at least if you’re a writer, but it is sound advice. Especially for us who’re participating in NaNoWriMo this year. Because if only 10% of what you write is good, then there’s no need to nitpick across your draft while you’re writing. Just let it flow. And even if only 10% of those 50K are good, those 5K will be awesome.

Oh, and about that: the clock is ticking! What am I doing over here? See you later guys! Good luck!

August 24, 2011

Dealing with rejection

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Rejection. We all know it’s part of the process. We prepare our pieces as well as we can and send them out into the world knowing that most of the time, they’ll be sent right back with a small note saying “thanks, but no thanks.”

And it’s not only writers who face rejection. Most people put themselves out there for new jobs, promising dates, election processes, and they all have to face possible rejection as well. So we should be used to it, right?

Wrong. No matter how many times you’ve gone through it, or how well you brace for it, rejection still stings. That’s why I crawled up on the couch today with fresh coffee and homemade pizza. Good food and trashy TV didn’t make me feel a lot better, but allowing myself to wallow, if only for a short time, made me able to get back up again and keep going. After all, there’s a draft I have to finish, a query letter I have to revise, and a short story I need to complete for my next writing group. The world keeps turning, but sometimes you have to pause it a little, if only so that you can get back up on the horse.

Sean Hood (screenwriter for the new Conan movie) have written a great post on how to deal with a flop

How do you deal with rejection? Do you brush it off and keep going, or do you need to wallow a little?

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