7 Fears Of Writing

I am a writer who has a lot of fears. It’s a good thing I can ghostwrite and avoid the bone picking that I fear the most. No one wants to be the victim of readers not liking what they had to say. But, on the other hand, noting ventured nothing gained. So, here is a post from Sylvia Ney at Write Me A World who has summoned up 7 fears and how to ignore them.

Fear terror eye

Fear terror eye (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

Writers often express common fears when talking with agents, editors, and other authors. The advice I offer below is based in part on my own experience and in part on interviews I have completed with agents and editors. Read more here.

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Are You Writing For The Long Haul?

As writers we often consider whether or not we want to be in this writing process for the long haul. I have been writing a long time and want to write for children. So, everyday I write and everyday I try to learn more about the craft of writing. I plan to be in it for the long haul because I have a desire to write. Whether or not I ever win an award for my writing is not what is important. For me it’s simply the need to write and have fun while doing it. Over at Write Of Passage, they list some interesting concepts in regards to writing and what things you need to consider.

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tHE wrItiNg oN tHE wAll… (Photo credit: poonomo)

Long-Haul Writing Career: What It Takes To Succeed

We all want to be excellent writers, don’t we? We really don’t want to be mediocre. That doesn’t mean we have to write Pulitzer-Prize-winning prose, and it doesn’t mean that one genre is better than another. It does mean we want to be professional and better than work-a-day in our skill set and our skill level. Almost nobody starts off being excellent. As James Scott Bell, a great writing teacher, speaker, and prolific writer himself, points out, talent is necessary, but it’s the least important of the skills required to become a successful writer. We can learn what we need to know. Read more here.

How Do You Write A Screenplay?

I’ve often wondered how to write a screenplay. I was thinking that it’s really a tasking and difficult process. At least up until I came across a blog that puts writing a screenplay in a different perspective. Over at NA Alley, they offer up tips that break down the writing process in a logical manner. Check it out.

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Example of a page from a screenplay formatted for feature length film. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Screenplay Method (The Magic of Storytelling for all Writers)

As I prepare to wrap up and edit my New Adult novel this year, I’d like to take an inconspicuous neon arrow and point it at something that I find incredibly helpful when writing a novel. I like to call this little something The Screenplay Method. Allow me to explain.
One of my favorite things to do (besides write novels) is write movies. Writing a script/screenplay is pretty different than writing a book. It’s usually no longer than 110 pages, it’s very concise, and it leaves pretty much all of the emotions of the character to an actor. Your job is to put down the story idea and let someone else fly with it. Dialogue and scenes are meant to be as short as possible. Less is more. A screenplay is divided into three acts, as well:
Act One: 25 pages 
Act Two: 50 pages
Act Three: 25 pages
Each act basically introduces a new conflict, builds up to the climax and ends in a satisfying resolution. Sound familiar? This is all the same story stuff we do when we write a novel, or a short story – or anything. Beginning, middle end. What is awesome about The Screenplay Method is you can use it to make sure your novel is working well, and that tension and lulls are balanced out perfectly.
When I write a novel, I make a rough outline so I know where my story is headed. After I know this, I take a blank piece of paper (or two), and divide it into squares. In each square I write:
Conflict One
The conflict of my choosing
How does this conflict get resolved?

Are You A Modern Writer?

Writer Wordart

Writer Wordart (Photo credit: MarkGregory007)

Writers write. Duh, really? Of course, but that’s not all we need to do. We need to be tech savvy, a public speaker, a marketer, an account and so much more. But what else do we need in order to become a modern writer? At The Publishing Crawl, Marie Lu answers this question. I would love to hear your thoughts on how you are a modern writer.

It’s Not Just the Writing

When I was a teenager and first started writing with the goal of publication, I thought that a published writer’s career meant one thing: you sit and you write. That’s it. That’s a writer’s job, isn’t it? What else would a writer possibly have to do? What other skill would a writer possibly need?

Turns out (as with many of my teenage assumptions), I was completely wrong. The modern day writer needs, in addition to the skill of writing, a whole host of other skills that I never really associated with the career. Like:

The ability to be a socialite

This is a big one. My friends and I occasionally joke that a writer’s life is composed of extremes. Most of the time, you are an Uber Introvert and spend large swaths of time being hermity in front of a computer. But every now and then, you’ll be immersed in extrovert activities–okay, not just extrovert activities, but ZOMGEXTROVERTACTIVITIESZOMG. You will go on tour, where you will talk nonstop to large groups of people every single day from early morning to late night for weeks on end. You will attend conventions and conferences, where (again) from morning until night, you’ll need to be able to mingle, network, greet, do interviews and panels, speak in front of huge audiences, and party with strangers and friends and acquaintances. As a modern day writer, no matter how introverted you are, you need to learn to socialize on a large scale. This can all be really fun, of course, but it’s also scary for those who are inherently shy. (Like me, and seemingly the vast majority of writers.) Read more here.