Something in my psyche has changed. It’s hard to articulate exactly what, but nonetheless, something is different now.
My eyes. Oh, my eyes. They are forever tainted, forever ruined.
It’s hard to believe 2020 is finally coming to an end. I’m refraining from thinking about what 2021 will hold. Instead, I’m focusing on the past—like centuries ago past.
I fell into a blackhole.
Writing is a solitary endeavor. Um, well, it is and it isn’t – how’s that for a vague statement.
I’m not a writer who starts off with a “what if” question, or who sees a movie or reads a story and thinks about how they would do it if it were their story. There’s nothing wrong with that approach to writing. It’s just not mine.
Beta reading takes up much of my time lately. It’s a wonderful gift, being trusted to read someone else’s work and give them feedback to help shape it. Like all feedback, they don’t have to accept the suggestions, but the opportunity is there to do my best to help them.
We have so many colloquialisms in our everyday language it can be hard to weed them out when writing. But those phrases or words can rip the reader right out of the narrative, especially if you’re dealing in fantasy worlds, and no writer wants that.
If I was a computer genius as well as a writer, I would devise a search engine where you can input criteria to search for books that are similar. That way, if I just read young adult fantasy book about dwarves with strong friendships and a killer female main character, I could search for other titles with similar attributes.
There are a few tips on a variety of subjects running through my head. In case one of them might help someone else, I thought I would share them.