Art exists in all things.
The strength of your belief should not be measures by how loud you can shout, but by how hard you will listen to those believe differently.
Life Ain’t What It Seems, It Only Seems Like This Life Is Free
Prompted by a private conversation, and compelled a serious distaste, hatred, contempt, and burning rage for the slew of writing ‘experts’ out there. I decided it was finally time I thought to put in my twelve cents onto the topic of advice for aspiring writers out there. Not because I will claim dominion over the subject, any great talent, or even some small success in that field. No I am doing this because I at least won’t pretend I know what is best for everyone, rather I will do what little I can to offer my perspective on the subject matter.
There seem to be a horde of people out there only too eager to claim they know what is best, what others should do, and what is right or wrong about writing. But until those people step forward and show the world they’ve got 50 best-sellers and a dozen Pulitzer prizes, I would suggest that those seeking advice on better writing, take the advice of those ‘experts’ like a grain of salt in the Sahara desert. Because for all that they might claim they might know the path for success for Everyone, until they prove success for themselves, all their words are just that meaningless.
As for my perspective on this subject, after nearly twenty years of writing, a not inconsiderable success in the flooded markets of self-publishing, and no few people who actually seem to like what I’ve written, I at least think I’ve earned a say in this, so here goes. (FYI, I plan to explain most of these more in depth below the cut.)
2> Write what you Love (or at least what you like).
3> Write to entertain yourself.
4> Write only for yourself (because everyone’s a critic).
6> Find the style that works for you.
7> A Thesaurus is not a creature that died with the dinosaurs.
8> Language is a living thing, don’t stifle it, let it grow.
9> Vocabulary is Not a four letter word.
11> Find your own Voice.
12> Find your own Ideas.
For those five people who have since bought book 5.5 of the Salak’patan series, there’s a problem with the chapter numbers of that book. The repaired version is now up and available for download on Smashwords. Sorry about all that, it’s my own dumb fault for not checking that book as I did with book 5.
Books 5 and 5.5 of the Salak’patan have been uploaded, published, and are now available from Smashwords. They should hit Barnes and Noble sometime next week assuming there aren’t any serious problems lurking unseen in the background.
Now I am going to go crawl into the corner and take a nap.
As much as instinct tells me not to accept the first result as is and that one should try their hardest to get the best possible solution to a given problem.. I am hard pressed to see any ways these covers could be bettered, much less topped by any further efforts. After all how often does one get to dot one of the ‘i’s in their name with a star.