I’m worried that some of my stuff won’t be washed in time for me moving - like my X-Men hoodie. I want it. I need it.
I will not leave this house without it.
Please do not steal these. It’s been done in the past, and I had a fuss on about things, and ugh… Just don’t. It’s pretty backwards stealing them anyway, because you can’t exactly go out and get more if you’re asked to prove they’re yours.
These photographs are taken by and thus belong to me, the horses shown in the photographs are mine.
And yes, I am showing off. I frickin’ love these guys. They’re like my babies.
There are certain rules to writing all authors obey; I know that all of those I’ve spoken to have advised the same thing. Beyond the pretense and the snobbish views people have of professional writers, there are certain fundamental rules to breaking into being a “true” author. I’m no expert, nor do I claim to be, but I thought I should share the knowledge of dos and don’ts I’ve found are universal among some of the amazing writers I’ve met, have shared with me.
- Write every day. Write, write, and write some more. Whether you’re feeling motivated or not is irrelevant, just write something, and in writing more, the more you manage to hone your skills and improve. Scroll your Tumblr feed, find an image you like, and write something - anything - about it.
- Do not be scared to write about things you’re not sure will take off - I’ve read novels stranger than even I could imagine, and I’ve read comics such as “Dinosaurs Vs. Aliens”… Seriously, anything goes in the world of writing. A new superhero? Go for it. Space-age romance set in a galaxy far-far away? Sure! Six-tentacled alien porn? Hell, there’s an audience for it somewhere. Honestly, let your imagination run wild.
- Carry a notepad at all times. If you have an amazing dream, jot it down before it all disappears. Write about it later; who knows? In fact, it doesn’t matter where you are, find a way to jot down any ideas you might have - I mean, J.K developed Harry Potter on a train journey, and now look at her? A multimillionaire!
- Don’t be too hard on yourself. You have no idea what kind of a writer you are, nor will you ever (there are some who think they know, but they’re always wrong). Don’t tell people you’re amazing, because there’s always room to improve, but don’t get yourself down, and don’t ever tell yourself it’s not worth writing.
- You are your best friend and your worst enemy. You can edit that piece of work over and over again, but to you, it never gets any better, right? Well, that’s probably not true - get someone you trust to run through it and give you an honest opinion, what you did well, and where to improve.
- Reward yourself. Grab a coffee, and don’t you get off your writing seat for another one, or for that gorgeous strawberry cupcake you bought this morning, until you’ve written your quota, which leads me to the next point…
- Set yourself a quota. Let’s say you’re taking it easy on your day off - set yourself a quota of two thousand words by the end of the night. Or, say, 10,000 words a week. It seems like a lot, but it’ll pay off, I swear. Even if you set 1,000 words per two-days, it’ll be slow, but it’ll build up soon enough! Rome wasn’t built in a day.
- Write about something you like and know about. Don’t just write the first thing that pops into mind, write about something you can be devoted to. Something you can love and nurture into a story.
- Do your research. Even if you know your topic like the back of your hand, do research, save pages for reference, use images if necessary. The internet is your friend, the library is your friend. Don’t neglect your local libraries, because you could walk in there one day and your name could be there on the shelves.
- Plan. Honestly, plan something, if not your start-to-finish story. Character plans are always good - make sure you’ve got flaws as well as those killer looks and that genius IQ. Write a chapter-by-chapter plan, if you can; write out “Chapter one” followed by notes. Say you want 10 chapters, list them 1,2,3… and make notes on what you want to happen in them, and a minimum length for them. It helps you improve your descriptions, forces you to, really.