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I need to write some blog posts for various sites in conjunction with the release of The Starving Years. What sorts of topics would you find interesting?



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Mar. 7th, 2012 10:01 am (UTC)
The roll of food in your stories
Mar. 7th, 2012 10:20 am (UTC)
Ooh! That's a great one!
Mar. 7th, 2012 10:57 am (UTC)
As a graphic artist, do you gather pictures (or draw them) to help the story develope? Do you use visual aids while you write, I guess?

The drawings you did for GhosTV made me curious!

Kristi P
Mar. 7th, 2012 12:38 pm (UTC)
This would make a great post! Thanks!
Mar. 7th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
How about the difference between first and third person POV and why you use them for different stories?

Dialog attribution and tags are always fascinating to me. The more you can teach others how to do it without those annoying "ly" adjectives being thrown in at the end, the less pain I have to endure. *grins*

"...he said gruntingly."

"...he exclaimed throatily."

That last one was really used in a couple of books I read. Is there even such a word? *boggles*
Mar. 7th, 2012 12:43 pm (UTC)
HEeee! Those are hard ones, Tam. I feel like a pontificating douchebag when I try to tell other people how to write...even if it's really just an explanation of how I approach things.

The annoying descriptors are a matter of taste. Have you heard of "Swifties"? Maybe more writers should read about them and consider whether they want to sound like that.

"Oh, go fuck yourself," he spat indignantly.
(There's an example of a writer who's just not confident enough to trust the reader to glean the meaning from the dialog.)

"Oh, go fuck yourself," he said cheerfully.
(There's a better use of an adverb.)
Mar. 8th, 2012 12:25 am (UTC)
Thank you for the link to some very interesting and amusing reading! I'd never heard of those before. If all the tags and attributions were so witty I might not mind them so much. XD

"They had to amputate them both at the ankles," said Tom defeatedly.

*groans* I must confess this made me laugh :)

I feel like a pontificating douchebag when I try to tell other people how to write...even if it's really just an explanation of how I approach things.

From what I've seen, people really enjoy reading about it from successful authors like yourself. Not only does it give us a peek into how your brain works while writing the story, it almost always gives great pointers as well as ways to avoid bad pitfalls in writing. Your call, but I think it would be well received :)

Mar. 8th, 2012 10:39 am (UTC)
I'm glad you enjoyed the swifties!

I'm curious if writers who have a bad writing habit know about that habit and keep repeating it anyway, or if they don't know the thing sounds bad, or if it's just a matter of taste and they think it sounds fabulous. Probably some combination of it all.
Mar. 11th, 2012 03:07 am (UTC)
I wasn't made aware of my bad writerly habits (mostly overused adjectives and some repetition issues) until my editor first pointed them out, and now I feel like a person with some sort of pest infestation--shame and determination to rid myself of the problem at all costs. At least I'm aware now? And knowledge is power or something?

I eventually started to think of them like tics or almost verbal comfort phrases (?). Just have to be vigilant against them. Hopefully new bad habits won't pop up after I've cured myself of these. :/
Mar. 11th, 2012 07:27 am (UTC)
I remember the first time a beta reader pointed out that I was calling a character "crazy" and he didn't do a single unexpected thing. I switched it up by having him march onto the scene and do something really bizarre and not explain why. That was my big "aha" moment. To actually show how characters were rather than just labeling them.

Comfort tics are one of those things that seem like we should allow ourselves for the first draft and just smooth out in edits. No sense in beating ourselves up during the generative phase.
Mar. 11th, 2012 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm in the thick of line edits right now, so I guess it's in the forefront of my mind. I just want to facepalm every time I see those particular adjectives. But it's good. Like aversion therapy or something. ;)

Very good point re: letting it go in first drafts. I personally have an overactive critic/editor voice in the back of my head, so that can sometimes be a challenge.
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Mar. 7th, 2012 08:44 pm (UTC)
That's a great idea. I always think my readers are aware of every last move I've made, and why, and live in fear of repeating myself. But obviously not everyone gets my newsletter and knows the process.
Amanda Corlies
Mar. 7th, 2012 10:44 pm (UTC)
As usual, late to the party. LOL! Anyway, you could blog about the rest of the writing business. All the promotional, marketing, business brain stuff. There is so much more to this than the writing. There are about a million and one subjects you could go for, if you don't want to pontificate on the writing. :D

Plus, BTW, LOVING The Starving Years. I have to take it a little at a time due to my current schedule, and it was posted back when I was finishing my thesis, so there was no fun reading for me then. I am getting it for the first time over here. Woot! So, I like all the ideas suggested above for writing more about the choices for this story, too. XOXO
Mar. 7th, 2012 11:06 pm (UTC)
What neat suggestions, thank you! I feel like the way I do business isn't necessarily the best way, because I got started before there were many choices. There was no ARe when I started self-publishing, for example. So I wouldn't have needed to make a store if there were. But now that I went through all the effort of making my store, I might as well sell through it since I have greater control there. A lot of my practices evolved in a different time. It's weird what a difference a few years can make.

I'm so glad you're digging the story! It's had significant changes in edits and it's a lot stronger than the serial was. xoxo
Mar. 8th, 2012 12:14 am (UTC)
I was going to suggest the dynamics of a ménage a trois, seeing as its a departure from your other current published works, but I think its too spoiler-ish for people who haven't read it (I really liked that I wasn't sure whether the three of them will go there) ...
Mar. 8th, 2012 10:37 am (UTC)
I'm not even sure if I understand their dynamics myself, or at least how I engineered them. Just that they're tied to the characters' personalities.
Mar. 8th, 2012 05:18 pm (UTC)
I'm reading the ebook now and enjoying it just as much as when I had read the serial :D
Mar. 8th, 2012 09:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! I think the changes I made it edits are both subtle and significant.
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