So you want to go Rockhunting! (or rockhounding or pebble-picking or whatever. You want your pockets to be heavy and full of treasures and to have sand and grass seeds in your shoes! This is cause for celebration.)
Hey, my name is Audrey, I’m 19, 20 yo in August, I’m French and…. that’s it!
I’ve met some people but I’ve never submitted here, I have a beautiful girlfriend I’m here to meet new people to talk about anything you want, so feel free to DM me! :)
I’m sorry for the pictures, I couldn’t find nicest ones so I took all the pics I could find on my phone… there are pictures of my cat because cats are awesome and important.
Love is a funny thing to describe. It’s so easy to feel and yet so slippery to talk about. It’s like a bar of soap in the bathtub, you have it in your hand until you hold on too tight.
Some people spend their lives looking for love outside themselves. They think they have to grasp it in order to have it. But loves slips away like that wet bar of soap.
Holding on to love is not wrong, but you need to learn to hold it lightly, caressingly. Let it fly when it wants. When it’s allowed to be free, love is what makes life alive, joyful, and new. It’s the juice and energy that motivates my music, my dancing, everything. As long as love is in my heart, it’s everywhere.
You were a kid and were writing your first “book?” Remember how fun it was? You worked on it every day, every minute you could? You spent hours planning it out in advance? You’d invite friends over to read it to and they loved it as much as you did? You drew pictures for it just because they were so awesome? You gave away copies for free because you wanted to share your joy?
If you’re not feeling that same joy with your current process, just think for a minute about why that it is. Is it because you’re writing something you don’t love as much? Is it because someone else convinced you that you should be thinking about marketing before you started writing? Is it because you’re worried about selling it for enough money to justify quitting your job?
I know you’re a grown up now. I know you have grown up concerns that are real. But consider that you might have given up too much for the chance to be a “real” author. If publication means that you can’t have fun, that you can’t do goofy stuff in your books, that you have to follow rules that steal joy, or that you can’t tell the stories that matter to you, then should you make that your goal?
Yes, I’m published and yes, I’m lucky enough to be writing books that are basically the most fun I’ve ever had (most of the time). Yes, being a real author means dealing with some things that aren’t fun and accepting that they make your book better.
But I also keep some things to myself. No matter what books are on deadline, I remember to write for myself, things that may never see publication. I need to do that because I need to keep space for my creativity to belong to me. I need to crowd out questions of marketability and reviews. I need to get back to that little kid who wrote for herself because it was fun to write.
What advice do you have for up and coming authors hoping to avoid the same mistakes you pointed out in Bryke's writing? At this point, I'm fearful of publishing something that could end up being torn apart by you and others, so any tips on sprucing up writing skills would be greatly appreciated :)
Honestly, up-and-coming authors would be very unlikely to have the problem that Bryke increasingly has, and the main reason why their storytelling has gone downhill: too much creative control, and protection from the editors. But before we get into that, there is one aspect that you can work on as a beginning writer: don’t play favorites with your characters.
You might have a character that you think is the most wonderful person in the entire world. It might even be your most popular character. But you can’t let your pet characters run the show just because you like them.
Characters can’t just get rewarded in the end because they’re the protagonists. They can’t always be right about things when everyone else is wrong. They have to learn at least as much from the world as the world learns from them; that is how they grow and engage the audience. Stories are about solving problems, and if your character does not solve those problems in a believable way, well, you haven’t created much of a character to begin with. (Note that “believable” is not the same as “realistic”; you can use magic or futuristic science to solve a problem, as long as that doesn’t equate to a “get out of plothold free” card and your character’s solution is consistent with the rest of that fictional universe.)
Now let’s talk about that editorial thing.
As a new writer, you don’t have as much final say over your work as you eventually might if you meet with success. Look at the “Harry Potter” books: J.K. Rowling’s subplots didn’t start running away with and inflating the size of her stories until around Book 4, when she became, for all intents and purposes, too popular to reign in. Bryke have been what I like to call George Lucased. Let’s look at a few choice comments from that link:
George is a great idea man, but should not be the full captain of a ship. It’s business and George has let go of it too Jett even said that he has let it go. So it seems they have, and should be saying no George a lot, it’s how the creative process works. We don’t need another Rick “Yes man” Macallum in the house. Of course they will take any good ideas of his. But just like during the old days (the OT) he had people challenging him left and right and it made it all for the better.
Because as the big-picture, go-to guy, Lucas is awesome. He can’t write for love nor money, and that goes double for dialogue and characterisation, which are the lifeblood of films. But he knows every atom of the SW universe; all its myths, its tech, its inhabitants, better than anyone.And in a very large win-win, we now get actual writers to do the writing. People who can take the big picture and make it into an engaging story with (hopefully) characters we don’t want to throw through a window.
I think there is nothing wrong with consulting, but as Iger said in Febuary Lucas does understand the decisions are not his in the end. Because while Lucas has great ideas not being kept in check is his problem. So there are things where they will just say…no George. That’s not a good idea. But for the most part I think it’s good that he does what he does best, an idea man. Not a writer, or director, but the brainstormer. And let others polish those ideas more so.
Sounds awfully familiar, doesn’t it?
So, budding writers, a word to the wise: listen to your editors and take criticism from outside sources, even once you get rich and famous. If your story is solid, it can take the pressure of critique and editing while leaving your vision intact.