lliira: Fang from FF13 (Default)
I haven't read enough books with this exact issue to fully develop the theory yet, but...

It seems that a lot of books with Exceptional Woman Syndrome, Badass Variety, besides denigrating feminine women, have a very high number of male characters who are total cardboard cutouts. Their "personalities" consist of: hot and props up heroine. 

I guess lots of books starring Badass Men have female characters who are only hot and prop up the hero, so this is some sort of turnabout. But it's still damn boring either way. 
lliira: Fang from FF13 (Default)
Gah, clothing research. I have a really hard time with it because 1) there's contradictory info and 2) (the main problem, as there's contradictory info on everything) I don't care. I know it's important, I don't think it's some silly thing that doesn't matter, but I still can't care. Clothing is not one of my interests at all, whatever the time period. I like pretty colors and nice-feeling fabrics, but that's where it ends. And when I can't make myself care about something, I have a hell of a time keeping it in my brain.

The only thing I can think of to compare it to, history-wise, for my level of not-caring, is troop movements on the battlefield. But I don't have to think about that when writing historical romance. I kinda need to know something about clothing, though my books are still not going to satisfy people who love clothes porn. Though I do like jewelry, so I do dwell on that a little, so maybe that will make up for it.
ETA I think I know why this is an issue for me )
lliira: (Quistis)
I'm not trying NaNo this year because it destroys my ability to write for months on end. I get paralyzed during November, and then shaking off that paralysis is extremely difficult.

But NaNo is everywhere, and I have these twinges of guilt for not trying. Luckily, I know something about successful writers, and that is this: no two are entirely alike. Graham Greene wrote 500 words a day and no more. As he got more skilled and needed even less editing, he ramped that down to 300 words a day. Not one word more, not ever, not under any circumstances. Jane Austen is famous for editing her drafts over and over and over again until she was happy with them. Her elegance and mastery could only shine after her initial writing was torn to pieces.

Read more... )
lliira: (Callisto1)
So normally when I don't write these days it takes the form of goofing off on the internet when I should be writing. When I actually start writing, I do fine. Not today! One paragraph. Then stuck. This does not happen to me. But I am annoyed with myself for never getting anywhere at all with this thing, so I'm determined to keep trying for another few days at least.
lliira: (Intellectual)
This article, by Fred at slacktivist, has cheered me up:  http://www.patheos.com/blogs/slacktivist/2012/02/02/groundhog-day-and-the-10000-hour-montage/#more-6049

Sometimes I read a book by Bujold, or Pamela Dean, or Patricia McKillip, and feel bad. I'm not as good as they are. I don't know if I'll ever be as good as they are. It's depressing.

But I haven't worked as long as they have. The post I linked above says it takes 10,000 hours to achieve mastery: 20 hours a week for 10 years. I missed out on a lot of years of practice because I bought into the "practicality" myth: that being a writer was an impractical goal, and therefore I should spend my time and effort on other things rather than what I wanted to do and what I was good at.

When I finally said "screw that", and started to practice writing again, it was hard. I wrote, and write, fanfiction, for practice, because it's fun, and because the most difficult part of writing, for me, is creating an original world. I've been practicing for over two years now. It's not as hard to get words down any longer, and I can see some real improvement. I'm better at "showing" and I'm more willing to cut scenes that don't work plot-wise, even if I like them. I've finally gotten some workable ideas for a world, and hopefully soon, I'm going to start work on an original novel.

And damn it, if Nicholas Sparks and Stephenie Meyer and Laurel K. Hamilton and Dan Brown can be published, so can I.

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