Earlier this week, a friend was telling me about a bookstore which was having a clearance sale since the store was closing. I considered dropping by to take a look, but it wasn’t a very serious thought.
My friend Adelena managed to convince me to take a look and dragged me to Holland Village earlier today. Sad to say that I didn’t see many – or any – books that were of interest to me. However, my…
There once lived a girl in a tower.
She didn’t have long hair like the stories had said.
Oh, no. She liked it just above her waist, adorned with a single flower.
Her life was dull and mundane, filled with mindless routines.
Day in and day out, adventure never came by.
She never left the tower in search of it,
For she was locked away in a tower of her own.
A tower in her mind.
There was no one…
Anonymous asked: Hi! A while ago I took advice that didn't work for me. My writing became very stilted and because of it I lost my motivation. This week I started to writing again, ignoring the bad advice. By moments it works, but some times while I write I can't ignore the advice and I lose my motivation again. How can I do to fix it? Even trying ignoring it, deep inside me I feel that without this advice my writing will be a shit, and it never happened before. I was confident about my writing until the advice.
As a general rule, you should treat all advice like it’s bad advice. Assume that you know better than everyone, because in a manner of speaking, you do. Squirrels don’t tell birds how to feed their hatchlings, and people shouldn’t give other people writing advice. At least, not before the thing is written.
If you feel like writing that first draft is hard and it sucks and you kind of want to wear two porcupines as glasses, that’s what writing is. No advice is going to ease that doubt or worry or nauseous feeling that has you lying awake deep into the twilight hours, staring at the ceiling and wondering if you use too many similes or are too derivative of Archie comics.
Until you are finished with that first draft, your characters exist in on only one country, and that country is in your head and you are the only one who speaks both their language and the reader’s language. They depend on you to tell your story, and no one else. Listen to them and meet their needs. Get to know them. Struggle with them. Fail with them. Kill them. Hit them with a bus if you want. Succeed with them.
And THEN go seeking advice, because by then you will know this story and these characters so well that you will be in a position to judge which advice is valuable and which is a burning bag of poo.