Knowing what this series of articles have to offer, I’m sure you want to dive in and get into designing you world. I don’t blame you as designing a world is a lot of fun. Just for Map Making, there are 20 articles that will take you along the journey of making your world. Before we can get started, we need to go over preliminary information.
This article goes over some basics about our planet. To understand our plant helps us design our own world for our stories.
It is the first Wednesday of the month, and that means it is time for Insecure Writer’s Support Group.
For those not familiar with this, it was started by Alex J. Cavanaugh with the idea of picking one day to share your fears and weaknesses so that you can find comfort with other writers who likely have the same fears and weaknesses.
It’s been quite some time since I have done this, and I apologize for that. I can only hope I will be doing this more often from now on.
November 1st is soon upon us, and it is time for NaNoWriMo. Already been a year… what a year it has been. I published one book, which has great reviews. I have met a great number of people who have given me fantastic support. I rubbed elbow with authors, and I now have a voice within the community. A small one, but it is there.
It was last years NaNo that convinced me to become an author once more. I didn’t just complete it, I annihilated it. 50,000 words in 14 days. Will I do it again? I don’t know. I know I’ll get 50,000 words. Maybe in 40 days, maybe in 10 days.
I had the privilege to interview David Lee Summers. I met him at Phoenix Comicon and asked for his help in promoting my Kickstarter and since then have emailed each other several times. He is one of many writers I respect and look up to, hoping to one day match his level of success.
David has broke the mold of traditional writers by writing outside his genre and being quite successful at it. He is known for his Vampire tales and is currently doing a Steampunk western-era story. Join me in welcoming David and hearing the great advice he has to offer.
So, quite a bit to talk about in this one. I try to reserve IWSG for the woes in life but too many good things have happened as of late for me to do that. Going forward, I hope the good times continue.
Of course saying that, I’m inviting impending doom. But talking about the impending doom will bring me good fortune. It all works out in the end.
Some authors seem like larger than life people. They are intimidating. How can you, starting your career, ever compare to them? How can you get on their level? As great as they are, in truth, they are not too dissimilar to you. The difference is that they are more confident, cocky maybe, and took the plunge to do everything they could to write and make a career out of it. The true difference between an author and a writer is the act of trying.
One of the tough things about visit booths is that writer’s hope you will buy their book. They never put that pressure on people coming up to their booth, nor do they mention it. I do feel a bit guilty that I can’t buy one of their books and support them even more. However, that guilt is my own doing.
I swear one of these years, I’ll bring $1000 with me so I can buy one book from each author I can. Now just to get the $1000.
Any great experience you have is met with a great memory. The great thing about Comicon is that there are many opportunities to have a great experience. Each panel you go to, each party you attend, and every person you meet is a new chance to have an unforgettable memory.
The key to a great memory is getting out there and getting it. Rarely does it come to you.
On our next stop, we get a chance encounter with Tom Leveen.
The best advice I can offer you in getting noticed is asking a lot of questions. This is more important during a panel than at a booth, but still applies. A number of writers I met recognized me because I asked questions during panels and they were like, “Hey, I remember you”. It also helps I was wearing a browncoats shirt… and who doesn’t like browncoats.
When you meet a writer, you want to ask them all sorts of questions. Where did they get their ideas, how long did they want to become a writer, at what point did they realize they wanted to become a writer.
Then when you get a chance to talk to them, you ask them none of these questions. Thankfully, we live in the world of the interwebz and we can find all sorts of information as writers do like a bit of the spotlight and they tell their story.