A bunch more links to various things, and some comments thereon.
Let’s start with the editor of two (count ’em, 2!) anthologies I appear in, and a third coming out some time this year. Kevin G. Bufton has been doing a blog tour to promote his new book Cake (which I will buy when i have some available cash). On Horror Tree, he wrote a guest blog which is not only entertaining, but also gives some great advice for juggling writing with living a life. Well worth the read, that’s for sure.
One comment I think bears pondering: “I simply cut myself off from anything resembling human contact.” It’s tough, but sometimes that’s what has to be done to get writing going. And the way Kevin tells it, it makes sense and seems do-able (I won’t say easy, because that would be inaccurate).
Next, let’s journey to Cracked.com for some advice from article back in April. 5 Tips For Punching Writer’s Block In the Face is a piece that is filled with good advice. It’s all great advice, but numbers 4, 2 and 1 are especially important, and number 4 the most important.
“#4. Accept That You’re Going to Write Garbage” is so perfect. It took me a long time to realise this, and now I know that around 85% of what I write is complete and utter crap. But I have also sold some of this crap, so remember: one man’s crap is another man’s intriguing splattergore horror story.
While we’re at Cracked.com, this hasn’t really got anything to do with writing, but when doing research or when READING, especially if you want to actually be informed, 5 Easy Ways to Spot a B.S. News Story on the Internet is essential reading. Not enough people do this, and so we still have Australians who think the country is being over-run by a million immigrants every day who get a thousand dollars a day in government subsidies while making sure Australian kids miss out on places at University. Sure, a lot of this is reinforced by talk-back radio and what laughingly poses as our legitimate news sources (the Murdoch “press”), but a little bit of reading would actually show the truth of the matter.
And finally, a very brief blog from the Gold Coast anthology website – 5 things newer writers should do. Numbers 2 through 5 are great advice. Number one, though, I have a problem with: “Read as much as you can in the way of contemporary Australian short stories in the same genre as you are writing.”
I would eliminate the word “Australian.” There is a bigger world out there than Australia, and Australian writing tends to be depressing and downbeat and heavy. In genre fiction, just read and then look online and see what small presses are doing out there in the wide world. Just focusing on Australia is limiting the appeal and potential market and money for your stories.
And that’s some links!