Thinking Like a Stranger — Mad Genius Club

Apologies – yet again – for not getting back on the wagon with blog posting. Between being busy at work and then over-booking myself with my new hobby… eh, excuses, excuses.

Anyway, this article from TXRed over at Mad Genius Club gives a lot of excellent advice on how to write characters that think differently than you? Ever get feedback from an alpha-reader or a reviewer that says your characters all sound like you? Don’t be shy in owning up to it: that’s a problem every writer has at some point in their career – usually at the beginning. I confess that I struggle with it at times.

The key to remember is that not everyone thinks like you, and that not all cultures are the same as (or, in some cases, even remotely similar) to yours. So you really have to “get into their heads,” so to speak, to find out what motivates your characters and why they do what they do and think what they think.

Well, that’s what all writers do, isn’t it? We get inside the heads of fictional people and other critters, find out their motivations (or give them some) and then see what happens. Right? But what if you need a character with a mind that works in a very different way from yours?

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-Andrew

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Things you hear when Jane Austen Fans Do Home Remodeling — According To Hoyt

Figured you would get a kick out of this. Probably not a good idea to eat or drink anything before or during your visit to Sarah’s post.

“I am in no mood to give consideration to drills that get their cords trapped under the fridge.” “Shelves in a cabinet, who would have thought?” “It’s okay to put the chipped board here. The cabinet goes on top of it. Lady Catherine will NEVER know.” “I hate this varnish. I send no compliments to […]

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-Andrew

It’s easy. — The Godshead Tavern

Writers Block

Not the writing, not always (thought it usually is, for me). No, getting knocked out of the groove. Last week, I hit a block. I started a chapter for the current project, but wasn’t sure where it fit, or why that character had introduced themselves at that point. I could not do any more work […]

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Holly isn’t kidding. It’s so very easy to get knocked out of your writing “groove,” and so very, very, very hard to get back into it.

I’m sharing Holly’s post because it really sums up where I’m and and how I got here. Not for the same reasons as Holly, mind you: as you hopefully remember, I’ve been dealing with The Move That Would Not end for nearly two months while simultaneously helping my parents get ready to move and helping out with a local cosplay/charity organization (which I will mention – indirectly – in a different post in the near future), so I’ve had pretty much zero time to write since early August.

Not saying that as an excuse, but as an explanation.

So how do you get back into the “groove?” In my experience, the only way to do that is to force yourself back into it. Sit down at your desk, fire up your word processor or break out a notebook and pencil, and force yourself to start writing again. It’s not easy. Not even close to being easy. But as I said, in my experience, it’s the only way.

Never give up.

-Andrew

9 Pieces of Bad Publishing Advice New Writers Should Ignore — Anne R. Allen

Oops. I did it again. I’ve neglected the blog. (Reference to Brittney Spears completely unintentional. Pardon me while I make penance for this nigh-unforgivable sin.)

This past Monday, for my non-American readers, was Labor Day, which meant that I had a three day weekend. Said three-day weekend was spent hauling more stuff from my parents’ house to my apartment. Fortunately, The Move That Will Not End appears to be finally ending. I think that there is one more mini-minivan-full of stuff left, and then The Move That Will Not End will transition to The Great Unpacking. I’ve been working on that, but there are still a good number of boxes I’ve yet to unpack.

Anyway, I stumbled across this blog post and thought that it was something y’all should read:

9 Pieces of Bad Publishing Advice New Writers Should Ignore — Anne R. Allen

Social Media is both a boon and a curse to new writers. Online writing groups and forums are an excellent source of insider information on the publishing industry—stuff we once could only find at expensive classes and writers’ conferences.

But social media is also a major source of misinformation and dangerously bad advice.

I agree with pretty much everything Ms. Allen says in her article (though I can’t comment one way or another on her view of agents, having never retained the services of one myself), though I plan on covering most of these topics in detail in the future. But she is right: there is a lot of bad information out there, on the Internet, in books, and in classrooms. It can be difficult to sort out helpful advice from advice that set you back, or worse, derail your efforts or demoralize you to the point where you can’t put pen to paper anymore. That’s one of the reasons why I started Dealing With Your Muse, and I apologize for failing to follow through with that goal for the past month.

Never stop writing. But keep your BS sensors turned.

-Andrew

Createspace is No More — Mad Genius Club

Apologies for the late post… again. I swear that as soon as my life gets not-crazy and The Move That Will Not End, er, ends, I’ll get back on my normal posting schedule.

Anywho, if you are an indie author, or considering becoming one, and you publish/plan to publish your work through Createspace or Kindle Direct Publishing, you need to read this!

There’s been rumors flying about this for some time, now, but the email I got from Createspace earlier this week cemented the reality – that particular publish-on-demand model is done and gone in just a few weeks. There’s nothing on the Createspace website yet, but I’m not sure that has been updated in months if […]

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-Andrew

The Moving Song

(To the tune of “The Song That Never Ends” of Lamb Chop fame)

This is the move that will not end!
It just goes on and on my friend!
Thought it would take only two days
Oh boy was that naive,
I’m still here at my parents’ house,
PLEASE GOD I WANT TO LEAVE!

But it’s the move that will not end!
It just goes and on my friend!
Thought I’d be done two weeks ago
Alack! Alas! But no!
Still moving stuff out of the house
PLEASE GOD I WANT TO GO!