While I usually blog about something writerly (or bookish, or something sci-fi/fantasy related or geeky), most of the blogs that I read are actual for real how-to-write-better blogs.
Hopefully if you’re a writer and you follow my blog, you get something of value at least occasionally. But if you’re really looking for good writing tips, here are four of my favorite writing blogs:
Kristen Lamb’s Blog
Kristen Lamb is a self-professed author, blogger, and social media Jedi, and all of these are true. She blogs about all things writerly – from writing your antagonist’s wounds to how to build your author brand online. She’s also hilarious, sarcastic, and not afraid to tell the hard truth about most anything. Her blog is well worth reading. Continue reading
Every writer has a different reason for writing.
Some write from a place of pain, and their writing is both healing to themselves and a message to the world about true hurts.
Some write from a place of joy, wanting to share the positive experiences that tie all humans together.
Some write because they have a message to deliver, a cause they want others to support, or a lesson they want others to learn.
Some write to explore the inner workings of their own minds, or to help others explore theirs.
Some write just to tell a good story. Continue reading
I love Twitter, and I’ve used it for years. I believe that Twitter is one of the best social media sites for writers, because it’s so easy to engage with people. You can follow, be followed by, and actually chat directly with everyone from readers and fans to editors, agents, and publishing companies.
Another powerful aspect of Twitter is the hashtag. The # symbol (yes, it can also be called a pound sign, number sign, or sharp sign) is called a hashtag when used on social media sites like Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest.
The hashtag is a powerful search tool. When you click on a hashtag, it brings up every tweet that contains that hashtagged word or phrase. This can be a great way to reach readers, commune with other writers, find other professionals in the book industry, even find new story ideas or writing prompts.
Here are some powerful hashtags that writers of every genre and level of experience can use on a regular basis: Continue reading
I’m ashamed to admit it, but I haven’t done any writing for several weeks. No writing at all. No journaling, no writing on stories, not even blogging.
I’ve been busy ever since Christmas with a new job, and then in mid-January I got sick. Nothing serious in the grand scheme of things – just an energy-sapping bug that lingered for a good three weeks. Getting out of bed and making breakfast left me exhausted for the rest of the day, and so summoning the energy and willpower to write was just too much. Not very professional of me, I know. A professional writer writes whether they feel like it or not. Whether writing is a full-time job or not, treating as seriously as one is key.
But anyway, apparently I’m not quite there yet. I am, however, slowly getting my life back on track, so at least I’m moving forwards. And I’m finally setting my new year’s goals and resolutions. Continue reading
Yes, you can – and should – do research for your writing, even if you’re writing fantasy. Especially if you’re writing historical fantasy.
The dieselpunk short story series I’m working on is just that – historical fiction with elements of fantasy. While dieselpunk traditionally involves retro-futuristic technology (think the flying jetpack from The Rocketeer), it can also include elements of the paranormal or the fantastical. And to write any or all of these nuances well requires a bit of research.
Here are some of the things that I’m currently researching for my historical fantasy/dieselpunk series:
Jazz-Age Fashion and Aesthetics
The stories I’m writing take place during the Roaring 20s, and my protagonist, Cornelia Jones, is a wealthy socialite. While Cornelia’s adventures don’t really focus on the details of day-to-day life, I do want to give the readers an accurate feeling for the setting and the time period. The clothes that an upper-class woman in the mid-twenties would have worn, the kind of car she owns, other details like the use of telegrams and iceboxes and gramophones all help to build the world. Continue reading
Most of us creative types are often working on at least two projects at any given time.
So what do you do when you’re going along as planned, making headway (or not) on your current creative projects, and a Shiny New Idea hits you out of the blue?
The way I see it, you can handle this one of three ways:
File it away for later
Whether your Shiny New Idea is just the vaguest form of a concept or a full-blown Idea, write it down. You’ll never bring your Idea to fruition – now or later – if you don’t first write it down. And no, you won’t remember it later. Writing it down and filing it away is a good way to a) remember the Idea when the first Shininess has worn off, and b) let it cool before you interrupt all your current projects to work on it. Continue reading