asked: "When it comes to showing your work, I'm struggling with posting writings online (like i'd prefer to) because of publishers requiring submitted work to not be published in any form. I feel like that ideology is very old world. Do you have any insights or advice on how to play that game?"
This answer got long. Skip to the last paragraph if you want the good stuff.
I’m assuming you’re talking about short fiction and literary journals.
Personally, there was a point when I was starting out when I realized I didn’t read any of the literary journals I was supposed to submit stories to and nobody I knew read them, either. What I did read, and what other people read, was the internet. So I decided posting my work online in my own space was more important to me.
But that was me. Basically, you have to decide what world you want to be in. If you want to be in the literary world, or the art world, or whatever world, you have to play by that world’s rules. If you want to build your own world, then you can make up your own rules, and do your own thing, and build your own audience.
But IF you decide to go your own way, DO NOT automatically expect that world you turned your back on to come around to you later. In other words, if you jump the gatekeepers, don’t expect them to kiss your ass after you’ve showed everybody you can jump them. (For example, nobody in the lit’ry world really gives that much of a shit about my work, mostly because I didn’t give much of a shit about the lit world when I was coming up.)
Luckily, there is, however, a happy medium: share your process, not your products. Share scraps, drafts, research, reading, etc. (Think of it as sharing the DVD extras while you’re making the movie.) Talk about books you love. Talk about writing. Build a little place for yourself where you’re sharing what you do. Then save the finished pieces for submitting to publishers.
Is it possible to be attracted to an ask response? Seriously, this reply is sexy.
Sometimes, when you sit down to continue with what you were writing yesterday, or the day before, it can be difficult to rediscover your motivation for it.
Here’s my 4 top tips for helping to maintain your motivation from writing session to writing session:
- When you finish a writing session, don’t finish at the end of a chapter, or the end of a section. Stop writing right in the middle of something so that you can easily pick up where you left off next time.
- Read back over what you wrote last time to get back into the world of your story.
- Find your favourite section of your writing so far, and re-read it to remind yourself of what it was that excited you about the story in the first place.
- Finish each writing session by leaving some notes of what you want to achieve in your next writing session.
The entire writing process is fraught with perils. Many writers would argue that the hardest part of writing is beginning.
When asked what was the most frightening thing he had ever encountered, novelist Ernest Hemingway said, “A blank sheet of paper.”
Other writers believe that ideas are easy, it’s in the execution of those ideas that the hard work really begins. You have to show up every day and slowly give shape to your ideas, trying to find just the right words, searching for the right turn of phrase, until it all morphs into something real.
Then comes the wait to discover how your writing will be received. Chilean author Isabel Allende once said that writing a book is like putting a message in a bottle and throwing it in the ocean. You never know if it will reach any shores.
So just how do you go about facing an empty page, coaxing your ideas into the world of form, and steering the end result toward shore? You can start by studying the tips and advice from writers presented below.
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anonymous asked: do you have any advice on how to conquer writers block/laziness/disappointment basically what im going through is i love to write but sometimes i dont know what to write or i do know but its either where i have no pencil or paper near me or when i do have the time to write i just cant like theres nothing to write even if i ended up writing it comes out like crap.
Yes, we do.
One of the first things to learn as a writer is that writing is work. It is a difficult thing to do that requires energy, concentration, and the will to let your brain cook a little bit.
In the spirit of getting you used to that sort of work, I’m going to ask that you do a little bit of labor yourself and look on our blog for our materials on inspiration. Instead of hoping that we’d just fetch some links for you, take a look around and find them. Be self-sufficient.
They’re there. I promise.
asked: "Hey, what advise you can offer when you procrastinate to write?"
There’s no secret, my friend. You just have to write.
How do you stop procrastinating? You start writing. That’s the whole shebang.
i really really need a great idea for a story and if you give me a really really amazing one i will turn it into a novel i promise
I highly recommend our Blocks for inspiration. Really, really amazing ideas are rare, and they’re always better when you think of them yourself!