Publish Your Stuff Interview: Max Kirin on Publishing, Blogging, and Running a Youtube Series
M. Kirin is a very silly person who happens to write serious stories. They live on the West Coast of the U.S. and like to pretend they have a sitcom. Whenever they’re not writing, or talking about writing, they’re probably blogging about writing.
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“This sentence has five words. Here are five more words. Five-word sentences are fine. But several together become monotonous. Listen to what is happening. The writing is getting boring. The sound of it drones. It’s like a stuck record. The ear demands some variety. Now listen. I vary the sentence length, and I create music. Music. The writing sings. It has a pleasant rhythm, a lilt, a harmony. I use short sentences. And I use sentences of medium length. And sometimes, when I am certain the reader is rested, I will engage him with a sentence of considerable length, a sentence that burns with energy and builds with all the impetus of a crescendo, the roll of the drums, the crash of the cymbals—sounds that say listen to this, it is important.” - Gary Provost
Over the last year I’ve gotten hundreds (if not thousands :0) of writers sending me their story-ideas and asking me if they’re ‘good.’ Now, instead of continuously copy-pasting the same response, or worse ignoring them, I decided to format my thoughts into a nice-and-simple test c;
Now, since I have a feeling some of you still have questions, let me post here my answers to the responses I’ve gotten from this test:
Is this seriously the test?
Yes. Just 3 questions. Not more. Not less.
You’re saying that if I find the story-idea 'fun’ to write, then I’m good to go?
Even though you know nothing about my story-idea?
Nope. I don’t care what your story is actually about. All I care about is that you have fun. Seriously. If you have fun writing it, the reader will be able to tell. It’s easier to be passionate about something you enjoy. On the flip-side, have you ever read anything that was written by someone who clearly was not having ANY fun? Ask your English teacher if they can tell when someone actually enjoyed writing an essay. You may be able to half-ass a cake and make something edible, but you can’t half-ass a book and expect people to like it.
Even though I think this story idea is similar to that of another book?
Jorge Luis Borges said that there are only 4 types of stories: a love story between two people, a love story between three people, the struggle for power, and the journey. The truth is that, really, the idea for the story does not matter. It’s not what you say, but how you it say that matters. And, I don’t know about you, but I think it’s easier to get your voice across when you’re actually enjoying the process of writing c;
How do I make my story-idea more 'fun’?
Be honest with yourself. Write about what excites you. You don’t have to write about anything you don’t care about, or meet some sort of imaginary guidelines. Writing is art. Write about anything you want. Additionally, you may want to checkout my (Strange) Guide to Planning Your Novel, it’s built on this entire philosophy.
I hope this helps! I have gotten this question so many times, I thought it would be best to just put my answer out there for all of you c;
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[AFTER THE BOMB] is a writing mix about gray skies, gas masks, and a nuclear winter that will end everything as we know it. The wind stops, the sea is still, and the earth has begun to rot. Our world is… dying.
This playlist contains 17 of my favorite tracks for writing post- apocalyptic settings, abandoned cities, and radioactive wastelands. You remember the bomb and the first nuclear snow. It seemed so harmless back then, when it was just snowflakes and soot. The world has changed, though. You venture out of your safe house. You attempt to travel to the city, with the hopes of finding an answer to the question that has been killing you faster than the cold and the starvation. You venture past corpses in the snow and the skeleton of a skyscraper. The world is deathly quiet, and you know why. You’re living through the last winter. But, you think there is a way to undo the poison that is killing the planet.
Over the last couple of days I’ve gotten a lot of new followers, and I’ve also gotten lots of questions on writing. While I’m trying to get through them all, I figured I would create a little something of a MASTERPOST, so that those with questions that I have already answered in the past can get back to writing as soon as possible :D
Recently I got a bunch of questions about the difference between Showing & Telling, so I thought that I would summarize my thoughts on the subject as a slideshow!
Of course, those of you who have been following my blog for ages can guess my thoughts about this ‘Show VS Tell’ debacle. Personally, I feel that Telling (the act of Summarizing) gets a reputation for being a lesser tool– which I disagree with greatly. Show and Tell are both important tools of the Writer’s Tool-Box, and they serve different purposes~ ♥︎
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My latest compilation of writing advice is now out (for FREE of course!). I have taken a selection from the dozens, upon dozens, of questions I’ve answered in the last month or so, and put them together in an awesome post~ ♥︎
[MERMAID MAGIC] is a writing mix about magic, sea monsters, and a city at the bottom of the ocean. Dear traveler, whatever lured you into this land surely tricked you. There is no treasure to be found here, and our Queen does not take kindly to invaders.
This playlist contains 17 of my favorite tracks for writing underwater worlds, mysticism, and fantastic power! You descend into the water, chasing The Song of the Tides, and the sea welcomes you. Soon, you find yourself before the vision of a great city underwater– and a pyramid glowing with all the colors of the rainbow. This city is like no other. Step into the gardens of coral and sea flowers. Sneak past the barracks of jellyfish riders and trident-wielding Tritons. Behold the pyramid’s gates and the slumbering guardian. But, there’s something else there– What is that song? Where does it come from, and who is it that sings… The Song of the Tides?
Follow the music and you will find her, our Queen.
[WRITING IN THE DARK] is a mix for writers looking for inspiring and yet unobtrusive music. Over the years I’ve found myself returning to certain tracks – in part for the feelings they evoke– but mostly for their ability to aid my writing process without distracting me from the story. The above is a selection of my favorites~ ♥︎
Ever since I answered this question, people have been asking me for my favorite music tracks to listen to– well, here you go! These are seriously some of my favorite tracks to listen to while writing, “Schala’s Theme” in particular tends to sneak into every single one of my books. I hope you enjoy listening to this as much as I enjoyed making it~ ♥︎
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I got a bunch of questions asking for advice on revision/editing (of which I have plenty) so I thought I would make a TOP 5! The above are my top 5 tips for revising/editing your book. I believe there are plenty of awesome resources out there for editing, but I wanted to talk about a few things that are seldom mentioned!
I hope you all find this post helpful~ ♥︎
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[HAUNTED MANSION] is a writing mix about fear and the creatures that lurk in the halls of an abandoned mansion! You have made a terrible mistake, mortal. You freely entered her domain– and you’re never going to leave!
This playlist contains 18 of my favorite tracks for writing horror, terror, and supernatural suspense! What brought you here, foolish mortal? Why did you trespass into the domain of our mistress? You explore the halls of her mansion, you attempt to loot from her riches, but– in time you will join our ranks. No one who enters her domain ever leaves. Go ahead, try to open the door and the windows… they are all locked, aren’t they? Go ahead, try to ease that feeling of dread all around you. You hear that? Her music box is playing… and when that tune is over, the halls will flood with blood. She is coming for you, and she will feed upon your flesh. Oh, mortal, if you only knew what you’ve gotten into.