I write a lot about my ideas and philosophies when it comes to what a decent (fantasy) book needs and what a decent author should realize. But, I’m saying these things from the experience of someone at the bottom. I don’t know if I insult people with what I say because of my seeming naivety, or if people perhaps think I’m a fool for being so optimistic and hopeful. If so, I’m sorry, and I’d give you a cookie if I could, to convey my sincerest apologies.
But the truth is, I’m not. I’m not optimistic or hopeful, and many days I have to have my close ones push me on because I’m so downtrodden on what I’m trying to accomplish. I realize the difficulties and the insane wall it is to become a successful author; and the thousands of manuscripts that will be on those tables along with mine, all with their own wannabe authors with dreams just like mine. I don’t know if this is normal or not, to be so insecure about your own work, but I’d like to think it is. Continue reading
For all people out there trying to be writers, the first thing you probably realize when you start trying to write fiction is that it can be really easy to be bad. Really easy, and that probably sounds incredibly obvious which it is, but the problem is that we don’t really know what it is we have to do to stop being bad, which is of course, what we want.
One of the most important aspects of a book yet one of the most difficult parts to conjure is creating characters that actually seem like they would exist in the real world, while at the same time putting them in situations interesting enough for readers to pay attention. The problem is that when you’re writing fantasy, it’s so easy to get lost in your world and shift the characters from the regular citizens they started as to cartoons filled with cliche after cliche.
I don’t want to tell people how to live their lives, nor do I ever ever want to judge anyone. It’s incredibly difficult to find words to express this topic without sounding even a little judgmental, because even if that’s not what I feel at all, these are just one of those discussions that can’t not offend anyone. Maybe it’s because I write this to try to help people, but the mere fact that I think of myself as someone who can help people is the reason I feel obnoxious from the start.
But, with that in mind, I’ll talk about it anyway. I’m young, and everything I say is a testament to that. I don’t have the lifelong experiences of hardships and struggles, and the only way I can think about these things is by relating to others. But, from my perspective at this point of my life, which of course is subject to change at any moment, I feel like a lot of people in this world don’t try hard enough. And that’s not a brilliant revelation — that’s obvious — but it really annoys me when you see intelligent and capable people, and even those with potential, just throw away everything just because it’s easier.
It’s a very intimate premise to write about, but something that everyone really needs to think about if they’re trying to make something of themselves. Firstly, no one really wants to ask a question like this, because it means weighing your pros and cons, your quality and progress of your learning, and analyzing yourself as unbiased as you can; which is downright impossible. Secondly, when you do analyze yourself, how do you know your bias isn’t leaning you to be overcritical, and how do you know what the truth really is? But here I am, making the effort, just because. If anything, I’d like to think this qualifies me as brave.
Let’s start from the beginning. I miss being a kid. I miss not having to worry about what my future had in store, and just going around being happy with my games and friends and family. Now that I think about it, I don’t really remember when I crossed this line. When did I decide that the future was important and I had to stop slacking off? Certainly not in highschool (oh god that makes me feel old). Probably somewhere amidst the sleepless nights with nothing to do; but I hate how vague the transition was. It’s not something you really expect, you know? Continue reading
It bothers me how many people say they want to be a writer but never do anything with it. It bothers me how often I read on forums or have discussions with seemingly fellow-minded individuals who say that they have a great idea or they’re going to do it when they find the time. Or that they’re just not “word” people and they’re more on just “ideas”. Like in that Sunny in Philadelphia episode where Mac and Charlie decide they want to write a movie for Shyamalan, but neither of them have a clue on what to do. They try to get an Indian guy to write for them but he’s not a writer either, he’s an “idea” guy. So what do they do in the end? They make a poster.