Prompts work wonders for me. I hope they work for you just as well. However, truth be told, prompts work wonders for me especially when I have to come up with them for someone else. I know, this speaks volumes about how fucked up my brain is. I don't know how it is, but I think that having to come up with prompts for someone else is a way to give myself permission to just write down whatever crosses my mind. In fact if I'm looking for prompts for myself I tend, wrongly, to exclude some perspectives. Instead, given I can't know beforehand who is going to read these prompts, my inner critic … [Read more...] about Prompts for Horror and Fantasy Stories
The most important thing for a beginning writer is that of discovering who he really is. At first blush this might look like a selfish thing to do. Instead it's the opposite. In fact, the more you know yourself, the more you know how to apply the rules of writing to your work. You take what you like and are comfortable with, and toss out, adapt, or reinvent everything else.I mean, if you write he go into the shop because you've decided to ditch the "es" for the singular third person, I can choose not to read your book because your departure from the norm I don't like, or don't feel … [Read more...] about The Most Important Thing for a Beginning Writer
Often perfectionism is a problem because it's the shortest way to burnout, depression, and strained relationships. The problem with perfectionism isn’t that it can’t help you reach important goals. It’s that even on those occasions you reach a goal, you never feel satisfied. In fact, there’s always something that needs more honing. Something waiting to be improved. As a result, on the long run perfectionism undermines your self-esteem. In addition, you often risk coming across as a perfect jerk. To your spouse, your children, and your friends — that’s to say, if you still have any. But, … [Read more...] about Why Perfectionism Is a Problem – What to Do About It
When I don't know what to write, I go for a walk. Or draw. I can also take a shower and work in the garden — about this, my wife tells me it's better the other way around, and I think she might have a point. But the garden thing is just incidental. As incidental as the shower thing. They only represent ways to let my mind work on potential new ideas behind the scenes, so to speak. At times, I write just to discover what I think. This can be a waste of excellent paper and ink — not to mention of time. But once in a while, so writing away, I discover interesting tidbits about myself. … [Read more...] about Writing Ideas and the Impostor Syndrome
The bare minimum requirement of any satisfying ending is that of providing some kind of closure.However this description is way too general to be of any real use. In fact, while a funeral can help people experience a sense of closure when one of their beloved ones passes on, such everyday solution rarely works in fiction. As a matter of fact, satisfying endings need some features if they are to be such. Don't scrimp on words When I approach the end of a story I tend to speed up. I do this both as a reader and as a writer. As a reader, I read on and on because I can't wait to see how … [Read more...] about How to Craft a Satisfying Ending
Some people, think happy endings are rubbish. They think happy endings are so unrealistic only unredeemable simpletons and people with dubious intellectual honesty can enjoy them. These self appointed gurus think happy endings are bad because they don't help us grow and get any wiser in the ways of life, and are not even that great in terms of creativity. But...Is it really so? One basic consideration To start with, any reader with a fair share of books under their belt knows that among the many millions in print nowadays there are plenty of horribly written books both among the … [Read more...] about Happy Endings and Tragic Endings — Is One Type better Than the Other?