Reblogging aggressively. Some publishers will throw your manuscript into the slush pile or, worse, the trash if you don’t follow their desired format. Spec fic publishers are especially strict about manuscript formatting.
Also reblogging aggressively.
that wonderful moment when you decide to kill a member of the main cast
You’re going to be that one writer, one day, for somebody you may never meet. Nobody can write that book you’re going to write—that book that will light up and change up a life—but you.
Learn the one true rule of writing. The rule which is absolutely inviolate and true:
1. Yea, Verily. You Must Sit Down and Write.
1a. Thou shalt not go see a movie instead. Or watch reality TV. Thou shalt write. No. Stop. You don’t need to clean out the fridge right now. Neither dost thou need to sort the recycling. I’m not even kidding. Go and write.
1b. Thou shalt not just think about writing. That is not writing. The worst unpublished novel of all-time is better than the brilliant idea you have in your head. Why? Because the worst novel ever is written down. That means it’s a book, while your idea is just an idle fancy.
1c. Thou shalt not read, either. I know it’s book-related, but it’s not actually writing. Yes, even if it’s a book about how to write. Yes, even if you’re doing research. You can research later. Sit. Down. Write.
Inspiration isn’t what gets your book written. Discipline is.
Inspiration is fickle: it shows up when you least expect it, all sexy and exhilarating and reminding you why you put your butt in that chair and turned off Tumblr and forced yourself to trudge through the valley of no-good, very-bad first drafts. Enjoy that inspiration while it’s there. Enjoy it thoroughly because it is rare and precious.
Just don’t expect it to show up every day. The only thing that needs to show up every day is yourself—and your determination to see this through to the end.
Don’t be sorry! Writing about fighting when you have no practical experience is a difficult challenge and writing fight sequences when you do is still time consuming. There are a lot pieces working together and figuring out how they function is difficult and something very few writers actually do well.
Here are a list some of our posts that may be helpful to you:
Also check anything in our Michael Janich tag, he is a very good instructor who teaches self-defense. I refer people to his videos for the work he does with concepts, where he actively explains what a technique is, what it does, and why it’s used before teaching the technique. As a writer, you need both technique and concept before you can put it on the page.
I plan on doing a write up on both elbows and knees in the near future. There’s a lot of misconceptions about how these techniques work.
Also check out Tamora Pierce’s Tortall series particularly First Test and Page in The Protector of the Small quartet. Tamora Pierce is one of the few authors that write fight scenes I feel comfortable recommending for reference.
I turn to head downstairs with my new dogs.
Schrodinger stops me. “Drake. Don’t try to read their minds without my supervision. I’m going to call another telepath in to help you figure the ins and outs of interspecies telepathy.”
"Right, got it." I pull away and call the dogs after me (telepathically) as I hasten down the stairs and to the lobby so I can get home before the fosters worry too much.
"What was that all about?" I ask as we get on the motorcycle. "You’re just letting her go when you stalked me for days?"
"She’s a lost cause. I knew that going in." He mounts his bike and dons his helmet. "She only recently came on our radar, but further research revealed that she’s been using her powers of matter replication for counterfeiting and forgery for years. She gets one chance. You broke a small rule once. You got many chances."
"And I’m more powerful, right?"
Schrodinger glances back at me. “That, too.”
"What happens to her now? We’re supposed to stop people from breaking the law, right? Why are we just leaving?"
"A team’s already on the way to detain her. We’re focused on recruitment right now, Pavlov, not enforcement. You’re not trained well enough for this fight."
"What’ll happen to her?"
"She’ll be put on trial and probably sent to jail for a few years and given heavy fines. And she’ll be watched for the rest of her life to ensure there are no further infractions involving her powers."
"Everything’s we do is for the best." He shrugs. "It’s worked out pretty well so far."
Schrodinger has a large box on the bed and gestures for me to have a seat. “Your official codename will be Pavlov IV,” he says, skipping greetings. “To allow for regular school to continue, you’ll be only a part time agent. I’ll come by on weekends to collect you.”
"Isn’t Pavlov that dog guy?"
"Yes, basically. Please make any and all ‘we fight like cats and dogs’ references you can think of right now to save time later."