Facepalm Time: Stupid Things Authors Believe, Part 1

I found this article from Authors Publish (and encourage all writers to subscribe to their newsletter. In this article, Stupid Things Authors Believe, Part 1, Kurt Bubna tackles the idea that if it’s not ‘original,’ it should be scrapped.

I’d also like to add my two cents on the stupid things authors believe. There are plenty of them. But for this week, I will focus on the point of Bubna’s article.

Everything you write is a retelling of something else. Everything. Somewhere, some time, someone had the idea and put it out there. But that’s okay!

Why is it okay? Because you’ve never done it before. So you bring a unique perspective to it. Just be sure to bring that voice of yours to the table rather than imitating someone else’s.

Having trouble finding your voice? Keep a journal. Don’t think about what you want to put in there, and don’t think about making it interesting or artistic. Just get in there and start writing. Your voice will come out, and it will be unique.

To get started, grab a notebook and a pen. Sit down and write me a letter. Seriously. Tell me some things you want me to know. Send them to me via Facebook if you want. I promise I’ll read them, and I’ll even answer some of them if I have the time.

Don’t worry about not being original. Don’t worry about being the next Lovecraft or the next Stephen King or the next whatever. Just find your voice. Find what makes your perspective interesting. The rest will flow.

Now stop believing stupid things and get writing.

A Voice Through the Decades: H.P. Lovecraft Gives Five Tips for Writing a Horror Story

I know that they say this is for writing a horror story or weird fiction, but really, it fits just about any type of writing piece.

Lovecraft had a unique voice that I don’t think could be replicated. Admittedly, his prose did get a bit purple at times, but it only made for more stunning visuals in the reader’s mind.

But that was his gift. Rather than rolling eyes at him for such prose, it draws the reader into the world.

This, however, is great advice for whoever wants to write anything, and needs help with what they should be doing. It’s especially helpful if you’re the type of writer who has difficulty tracking a story as you write it.

via H.P. Lovecraft Gives Five Tips for Writing a Horror Story, or Any Piece of “Weird Fiction” | Open Culture.

Your Audience: Who are they?

A friend of mine who writes stream-of-consciousness type stories asked me to write a little bit about my philosophy on writing for an audience.

I could probably devote an entire book to this subject, but to spare your mind and soul, I’ll keep it brief–and in a list so you won’t suffer.

  • I know who my audience is because I’m a member of that audience. I write horror and weird fiction. I am also a fan of that genre. That gives me an advantage when I write because I know what I like and I like to write it. I couldn’t write a romance novel if I tried (someone would get killed, inevitably and it would have a sad ending. Romance novels aren’t allowed to have anything but happy endings.). I am also not a fan of the romance genre, so that’s okay. In other words, don’t just write what you know, write what you love. You can’t always write what you know, anyway. A writer explores and expands their knowledge and experience in a variety of ways.
  • I write stories that scare and entertain me. Because I am a fan of the horror and weird fiction genres, I write things that scare me and make me laugh. I write to have a good time. If people love it, too, then great! If they don’t, well, okay, fair enough, but at least I had fun.
  • Because I’m a member of that audience, my stories entertain many people within that scope. Luckily, my fellow horror and weird fiction fans seem to enjoy my writing and are also having a good time reading my work. Because I understand my goals and myself as an audience member, some of the outer audience comes along for the ride. It’s rewarding.
  • My writing is for fun, and occasional profit. I do make the occasional buck or two off of Exit 1042, and that’s great. But mostly I just enjoy getting a story out, and if others love it, then the more, the merrier. It makes me happy to know I’ve entertained someone or made them think with something I’ve written.
  • My work is not for everyone. If you want to be a writer, you have to understand that you will have people who don’t like your work. They will also say really rude shit about you, too. But that’s okay. I know not everyone likes what I write, or even how I write it. I didn’t write it for them. I wrote it for me. I wrote it for myself and some of the people who will find it amusing or frightening … and that’s the key. If you write to please others, you’ll be miserable.

At this point in my life, this essentially sums up my philosophy on writing for an audience. I think that pandering is just about the worst thing an author or writer can do. So, write for yourself, and remember, not everyone is going to fall in love with your work. And that’s okay.

Now get to it.


Anne Hogue-Boucher is a writer living in Atlanta, Georgia. She eats potato chips at lunch every day and drinks Caffix every afternoon because caffeine is her mortal enemy. Follow her weirdness on Twitter and/or on Facebook.

 

Left In The Cold II: Some Musings

Some time ago, I put up a short story here called Left In The Cold, which was about a creature in the antarctic. Well, Jane Living, the main character, is still taking up quite a bit of space in my head.

Her story isn’t finished, and while I’m fairly satisfied with that short story, I believe it should be incorporated into a larger work.

She and Livvy are part of my universe and I don’t want to let go of them so easily. It seems to me that they still have stories to tell, so I’m now working on a novel about them. This is all while Silver Hollow is in its final edit stage and Perceptions is just starting on its final edits. Mercy Hospital is in its ‘settling’ phase: that’s the part where I leave it alone for some time so I can put some distance between it and look at it with detached, fresh perspective.

As a writer, I have to keep going. So eventually, you will see Left In The Cold for sale at the Amazon store, but it will be part of a much larger work, and the version here will look quite a bit different than what you’d read in the novel.

Jane Living is a strong voice in my head, and she can’t wait to get out. I just hope it doesn’t kill her in the process. It might. One never knows what will happen once the process starts. Not even me sometimes.


Author Bio: Anne Hogue-Boucher is an American writer currently living in Atlanta. She is almost certain she’s been placed in a real-life weird fiction tale where people consider her to be potentially extraterrestrial. She neither confirms nor denies these suspicions in order to continue enjoying a quiet life away from Area 51. Follow her on @Spellvira or on Facebook at The Macabre Author. Also, eat your peas.