Stress can be one of the fastest things to damper our creativity. Whether it’s a troubled relationship, financial crisis, illness or a stressful job, these situations tend to zap our emotional and mental energy hindering our creative flow.
To be a great novelist requires living with a paradox: Your story matters more than anything, and your story matters not at all.
It’s one of many conflicts and dilemmas that novelists face, but it’s one to master. Lean too much in either direction and your fiction will suffer. Embrace the paradox and your fiction will grow in power.
Use a journal to keep track of your progress, no matter how small. Shut out your critics and pursue your own path. Be mindful of insecurity work to focus on what matters most.
The actionable advice above is among the many highlights in our list of 99U's most popular insights of the year. To help take a look back at 2012, we rounded up our most popular features, essays, 99U Conference talks, and tweets. We hope it gives you a chance to discover (and rediscover) content from throughout the year while providing the spark needed to start 2013 off right.
Much is at stake. The world's 50 largest book publishers alone achieved $68 billion in sales in 2011, according to Publishers Weekly. When so much money and power is up for grabs, industry players have a lot to fight over, and much to protect. Books are worth fighting for, so fight for the future you want. Otherwise, someone else may determine your future for you.
One of the best ways to get published early in your writing career is to submit your work to literary magazines and journals.
There are publications for every form, genre, and style of writing, and most of these publications have fairly simple submission processes that you can complete online. Some are explicitly looking for young or new writers.
I’ve gathered my 19 most popular articles from this past year (per my good friend, Google Analytics) so you don’t have to wade through the site on your own finding the best of the best. The articles cover everything from grammar to blogging to inspiration and more. Heck, there’s even a couple of funny posts that made the cut. Bookmark these links and reference them as much as you need. Most important, use them as a jumping point to make 2013 your best year of writing yet.
Sociologist, geographers, historians, writers, artists, and anthropologists have all been interested in the idea of ‘A Sense of Place’ for a long time. Why? Because this gives a place it’s character and identity, it gives people a sense of belonging in a place and an affinity with the locality. Some places can also feel uncomfortable.
Do you write everyday? Do you make sure you get some writing time in each week, if not daily?
If you answered yes to these questions, you should have noticed an improvement in your writing, and possibly an improvement in the speed at which you are able to write. But, that’s not all. You will also find it easier to think of topics to write about.
So apparently I have some talent for writing three-dimensional, fully-realized characters. Let’s assume for a moment that my fans and reviewers are correct, and that I have something useful to share with you today. In fact, let’s make this one of those how-to posts—Five Steps to Creating Memorable Characters by J.H. Trumble. Disclaimer: This is my process. It works for me.
If a query letter is you, showing up a little early, dressed in a clean, pressed suit, then your synopsis is what you choose to talk about during the actual interview.
Once you’re past the first impressions (and we’ll assume you wrote a killer query letter), your synopsis is the final chance to hook your agent, get her excited about your project, and make her remember your name above the hundreds of other writers vying for her attention.
Well, obviously this rule isn’t meant to be taken literally, or Peter Pan would have been a significantly darker story. This also isn’t, strictly speaking, writing advice. It’s editing advice.
In this case, ‘darlings’ refers to sections of writing that give the author that smug feeling, the bits he or she really doesn’t want to take out. The advice comes from William Faulkner, himself paraphrasing this quote from Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch:
“Whenever you feel an impulse to perpetrate a piece of exceptionally fine writing, obey it – whole-heartedly – and delete it before sending your manuscripts to press. Murder your darlings.”
Well, the world didn't end so I guess we'll be doing it all again next year. Thanks to everyone who dropped by over the last twelve months, and especially those who left comments. To round off the year, here are Moody Writing's top ten most popular posts of 2012 (based on page views):
Still in revision mode here. My novel writing student sometimes feel confused about the divide between "junking it through" and "fixing it up." A reminder: When you are in draft mode (creating the prose) use a devil-may-care attitude. Then later,when you revise, aim for perfection.
As you edit your own work, search out and revise these common writing bloopers:
So, once you have the work started, how do you keep the words flowing?
Sometimes, of course, you don’t have that problem. Sometimes you have to hustle to keep up with the flow.
But sometimes, eh, you might have to encourage things a little. This isn’t going to be an essay on the art of encouragement. Rather, it’s a short list of things you might find useful in keeping word productivity up.
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