Posted on May 24, 2013 | Writing
This is old. But it never gets old. If you get what I mean.
How great, this was actually the first video I watched on YouTube about writing advice! Very straight forward and good advice not only on writing, but also on the attitudes towards your own writing and publishing. Really good 12 min 49 sec. There are also some great vids on BigThink channel on both writing and creative proscess (plus loads of other fascinating stuff) if anyone is interested :)
But in the end, one of the first lines by Anne Rice in abovementioned video is kind of true to the core – short version: less watching and more writing (at least for me)
It is great to educate yourself and is definitely benificial in the whole of things, but for me I found that my writing grows the most from actualy writing (and reading) and a bit less worrying.
Thanks or posting this Hugh! I have not watched this before, and it is great advice.
I LOVE Anne Rice. This is also the first writing advice video I watched on youtube. Awesome lady.
There’s a lot of good advice in this video. It’s also refreshing to hear a “big name trad published author not discount self-publishing.
This is outstanding, thanks for posting it! I really like her advice about ignoring negative comments — very true in my experience.
I have read so many of her books – there is only one that I couldn’t finish (Memnoch the Devil).
A couple of things: first off, she could have said in half the time what she kept repeating, but maybe she was doing that for dramatic effect. I probably should expect that she talks the way she writes: much too voluminously.
Snark aside, however, what Rice may not know, and what most of us who have been devoted students in colleges around the nation (and world I am sure, I can only speak to the colleges and adult education that I attended) that the reason we are left with a cynical belief that ‘only insiders get published’ is because that is how the workshop mavens pitch their workshops, and that is what is drummed into students who seek to improve their writing: you need to a) take this course b) write like this person c) sign up for this $5,000 weekend workshop d) kiss the ring of the Latest Great Author to Make it in order to get published. Sensing this was complete bullshit I went directly to e-book and self-publication. I don’t sell many books – yet. I may not sell many books until a certain theme or book cover catches the eye of – Someone Important. But I’m sure not going to shell out my hard earned day job money to suck up to the ego of someone whose writing is lower quality than mine because they happen to be someone’s nephew or girlfriend.
And of course she isn’t going to say this either: write fan stories on topics or other universes that capture your attention or pique your creativity. I did that after 20 years of writing historical novels that got very little notice, and voila I had 1000 fan readers, many of whom are still my readers today even though I am no longer writing fan stories. Some of them were converted to being fans of my writing, period. And that’s what I know.
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