Archive | March 2013

Reworking the Olde

One of the hardest things for an author to do is rework an old story, one that’s been sitting on the shelf gathering dust for years. The reason this is difficult is because your writing has vastly improved over the years, and to go back and fix all of your mistakes takes not only an outsider’s perspective on the story, which is difficult in itself, but also a sense of humility and courage. Even if you have an editor look at it, there’s still so much wrong with it. So why bother? You bother with it because it’s still a story you love, just as much as every one that flows from your fingertips, and you want to share that story.

And sometimes, you have to completely rewrite the book. For me, this is very difficult to do as well.

I happened upon a stinging review last night for one of my books, and the comfort I felt at not getting upset surprised me a little. Perhaps it’s the psychology class I’m taking, or maybe it’s just that I’ve come to realize that some people will like my books and some won’t. The best action I can take is not to respond to the review, regardless of the approach I’d take. Every author learns this lesson.

The doubt is the worst part, however. You start doubting the story. Are my characters really flat? Is there not a cohesiveness to the story? Why didn’t this reader connect with the characters and enjoy the story? You begin obsessing over the details of the review. STOP. Obsessing is the wrong approach. It’s just a review by one person who read your book. On the bright side, they took the time to actually write the review when so few do so. You must remember that readers are extremely critical of books and stories and tales. Most of them don’t even know the difference between a tale and a story, but it doesn’t matter. What concerns you is the fact that that review is the first one potential readers see, and it may prevent them from buying your book that others have actually enjoyed.

So what do you do?

Keep writing.

It’s that simple. Whether it’s another olde story or a shiny new one, you keep writing and you keep sharing. Why? Because writers thrive on not money but the creation of new worlds with wonderful adventures and great characters.

My head has been lost in books since last October, but they’re not the right kinds of books and they don’t get my creative side spinning a new tale to tell. As of March 30th, my head will be out of academia and back in the clouds once again.

And I’ll have some new stories to share with you soon.

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On Hiatus…

Yeah, I know. I’ve basically vanished from cyberspace like Egypt during protests. I thought last semester was tough with all the reading and writing I had to do for two literature classes. That’s NOTHING compared to this semester with anthropology, psychology, and Photoshop. I thought the Photoshop class would be easiest, especially considering my graphic design background. Oh hell no! It’s probably the toughest class of the three, and that’s fucking saying something considering what the other two are!

At any rate, I’ll be finished around the end of March. And then I have to figure out which MFA program I’m going to do. I may end up taking a year and a half off just to get all my ducks in a row regarding Just Ink Press and my own damn writing that I don’t ever have time for anymore!

I’ll be back soon. I’m still talking here and there on the fanpage, which goes to Twitter, and on Facebook in general via one page or another.

I just did a copy edit on Shannon Mayer’s newest book IMMUNE, so you might want to pick that up. And I’ve been promoting RC Murphy’s ENSLAVED, which I also edited and designed the cover for. Both of these books are spectacular stories and totally worth the $$. Click on the images below to check them out and purchase. Proceeds go to helping authors get paid for their hard work and determination to finish a damn book.

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You could check out my books too, if you like kick-ass heroines and vamps…

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Or you could just sit there and stare at your screen. Far be it for me to persuade you into visiting another world full of adventure. =D