Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012 Think Like an Author

Wonderful essay on what it means to be an author.  We all have different goals from this career choice, and I think it's important that authors recognize that within one another, if they want to form community with each other.  :D

Personally, I have always struggled to find fellow writers who had similar career goals as myself.  The rare times I do, I've had to deal with professional jealousy and competition at some point!  It makes me very sad, because when my friends succeed, I am happy for them!  Why shouldn't they be happy for me?

I'm not out to win any contests, just to be the best I can be, personally.  It's not about me being a better author than you, or you, or you.  It's about connecting with the reader.  I hope you're a reader!  And I hope to share readers with you!  We don't have to "compete" for us to both win! Think Like an Author: Courtesy of mrpac-man Finding success in publishing is tricky. For one, not everyone defines success the same way. For some, it's e...

Sunday, May 20, 2012

ZOMBIE BIBLE (And Other Books): HWAHE: Horror Writers Against Happy Endings

I think Stant has nailed it.  When I was writing This Brilliant Darkness (the book which, at the time, I thought of as first Canticle Mirabilis, then Stella Mirabilis), it kept turning darker and darker.  When I edited it, and had to face the truth of what I'd written, I realized it was a horror book.  I didn't think of myself as a horror writer, but I had written a horror novel.

And the reason I wrote that novel, in the first place, can be easily gleaned from the dedication.  I knew someone very intimately who was the darkest of the dark, who was guilty, and who would never be punished.  I needed, however consciously or unconsciously I processed it, to process a story where the protagonist fights back against incomprehensible evil, and there's no happy ending--but there IS hope.

Well done, and well said, Stant.  I look forward to reading your books, my friend.

ZOMBIE BIBLE (And Other Books): HWAHE: Horror Writers Against Happy Endings: If you agree with the HWAHE aesthetic, post a comment.   And spread the word about HWAHE. (Feel free to use the badge below.) We live...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012