One of the themes my Romance Novel series explores is the Tragic Greek Hero. In one line my Hero laments, “It was best not to think about life as a mortal. Because heroes never got happy endings.”
I wanted to take the time today to expand on this a little bit. So often we are told that heroes get happy endings: They slay the dragon, save the damsel, live happily ever after. Happy endings are certainly expected in Romance Novels (and spoiler, my stories all have happy endings) but for Greek heroes that often wasn’t the case.
Recently I’ve been doing a lot of research into the self-publishing industry. First, because I have made a handful of author friends who are self-published and I want to know more about the process. Secondly, because I might consider it for myself someday.
I certainly won’t know if it is something I might be interested in unless I do my homework.
It is easy to turn to the internet for some quick advice on the writing experience. It is just as easy to fall prey to bad advice if you don’t know what to look for.
First, a little background. Once every year or so the twitter writing community will get flooded with some bad writing advice that everyone will give their hot take on. This week the writing community seems to be flooded with it more than normal.
Everyone has an opinion, but how do you know which one is the right?
Are you thinking about joining a Critique Group for the first time? Or maybe you’re working on a new project and don’t know if it is ready to run the gambit?
Sharing your work with others is a big deal! It is scary, intimating, but also exciting because it may or may not validate all that hard work you’ve put into a piece. You’ll hear directly from readers what did and didn’t work. And though we often prepare ourselves for the worst, sometimes even the most well intentioned feedback can gut us.
So how do you know if you’re ready or not?
Oh boy! Sometimes Feedback can hurt!
I thought rewriting my first person science fiction piece (for NaNoWriMo) would be easy. I thought achieving those 50K works would be done in no time flat, but I was wrong… I was so wrong.