“Why do you get mad every time I call you a ‘friend’?”
“We might of stopped the Evil Overlord together but that doesn’t mean I like you.”
“I have Nana’s homemade apple tarts.”
“Give me five and you’ll have the privilege of calling me ‘friend’ for a day.”
Hello Fiction Lovers!
For those of you who are writers like me I thought it would be good to share how I battle writer’s block every week. I think of myself as a fairly busy person, especially during the school year, between classes, a part-time job, clubs, studying, and keeping in contact with friends and family as well as having this blog. There would be a lot of times when I would use that busyness as an excuse not to write because I was too tired, should interact with people, eat regular meals–in short, do actual things, things that would garner immediate results. But writing is an actual thing and does garner actual results such as being closer to finishing the manuscript I’m working on. I just had to accept the fact that I needed to put the effort in to do the thing I loved doing, even when it was difficult and writer’s block was staring me in the face.
So I started writing story sections and sending them out every week to friends and family who would be willing to read them. Most people say not to share what you are currently writing with others but, for me, doing so gave me the kick I needed to start writing regularly. I knew I had to send something out every week because they were expecting to receive a story section. There was no room for excuses: either I sent one out or I didn’t. An added bonus was that for those readers who have the time and are willing I also get feedback as I’m writing which helps me know what I need to work on as I write (another thing I know people advise against, but it means instead of having to edit and overhaul something once I finish the whole manuscript I can do it right then and keep having it fixed). Now I aim for at least 2,000 words a week and send out questions about each section for those readers who want to answer. They aren’t really beta readers but I have found their advice does help as well as simply being accountable to send out the story section. Since I’ve started doing this I think I’ve only missed sending out the story sections twice in almost a year.
If following the traditional advice hasn’t been working for you feel free to try this out or do something completely different. One thing that doing the story sections has reminded me of is that while the traditional advice can be helpful, it doesn’t work for everyone, and if it doesn’t work for you, you don’t have to follow it. They aren’t rules, only guidelines.
Please let me know if you have any questions and feel free to comment below. If anyone would like to receive the story sections let me know and I can get it arranged. I hope you all have a good week and thanks for reading!
Hello Fiction Lovers!
I know I don’t have a lot on this website yet so I thought I would point you towards a few resources that have helped me.
The first is a fun and to-the-point writer and vlogger Jenna Moreci. You can find her videos on YouTube though she’s on various other social media outlets like Twitter. She gives a lot of great advice on how to keep writing as well as characters, the do’s and don’ts, and self-publishing.
The second a website called fantasy-faction.com which does everything from tips on writing to book reviews to writing contests. It’s become my number one spot to go to check on anything fantasy related. The tips on writing cover all the basics as well as some more interesting topics like what to consider when writing a siege and medicine in fantasy.
The last is a magazine that can be found at thefirstline.com. As the name suggests the contest provides the first line and you create a story using it. it’s a fun way to come up with a new story idea and you gain the chance to earn $25-50 for fiction, $10 for poetry, and $25 for nonfiction (all US dollars) if you submit. It’s free to submit but they do ask that you not publish anything using their first lines until they’ve notified you of their decision to accept your work or not. The next submission deadline is August 1st, 2017.
I hope you all find these resources as helpful as I do. Let me know if you have any questions. Good luck with your writing and/or finding another great fiction book to read!