Quote of the Day: Helena Bonham-Carter

This is good writing advice. Sometimes in writing we get so wrapped up making our characters strong, brave and perfect. And we forget that she is afraid of spiders, and he is terrified of disappointing his parents. We have flaws and it is in these flaws we find truth, as writers and readers. She finds the courage to catch and remove the spider and he tells his parents he isn’t an all star.

The term Mary Sue came up a few months ago and I had to look it up. A “mary sue” is a perfect character that always sails through her/his story without a hiccup. They solve every problem their writer throws at them like its nothing. I have serveral “mary sues” and I am trying to fix them.

Cheers, james

Writing Excuses Podcast

Brandon Sanderson has written several of my favorite books, Alloy of Law, Steelheart, Firefight, and I am currently reading Mistborn. He has being doing a podcast called Writing Excuses, for awhile. I just found it and I am working my way through Season 1. The episodes are about 15-17 minutes long and he talks to two other writers. I think they change based on scrolling thru the later seasons.

After listening to the first two episodes I am in process of developing a new story. Episode 3 was like a punch to the gut, Kill Your Darlings, was about more than just editing. They advised if you have a story that you have poured years of effort into and not finished it. Kill it.

I almost cut the podcast off then and there. After catching my breath and calming my racing heart, I was like no let’s see why they are saying that, after all they have a whole lot more experience than I do. The reason they suggest killing a long term project is distance, well the lack of distance. There is very little chance that you will be able to coldly and mercilessly edit the manuscript. They said you are too emotionally attached to it. They did say instead of throwing it completly out, to set it aside until you have become a better writer and can edit it properly. That makes me feel a little better. At least enough to listen to episode 4. I’ll keep you updated as I listen along.

If you are doing Camp NaNo this summer, I applaude you. And I encourage everybody to keep writing, keep painting, drawing, knitting, sewing etc. Keep being creative and keep moving forward. Cheers, james

Camp NaNo Ho

If you don’t understand, google Thundercats, and I will leave it at that.

Well Camp NaNo is finally here. I applaude all you writers that are taking up the challenge. And I encourage those of you sitting beside me on the bleachers, try it. No I am not being a hypocrite by not jumping into camp this year again.

I have tried both Camp and NaNoWriMo and I literally lose myself and what is going on for the month. This works great if two of your worst months at work aren’t July and November. Local Gov’t is awesome, love my job and I want to keep my job so distractions are out for the time being.

That being said, I do write on the weekends and weekend nights when my brain isn’t fried. In fact one of my last posts was about a new story idea. So Camp NaNo-ers Ho!

May the muse sing sweetly in your dreams, your pen fly fast and furious and word counts speed by until tired but thrilled you close out and validate for the win. Cheers, james