A few weeks ago, I was asked on twitter how to get started as a writer. I wasn’t sure what I really could offer to him—I’m not a published author just yet, I haven’t won any awards, and I’m sure a lot of people don’t know that I even exist.
But nonetheless, I was very flattered that this guy had asked me how to get started. And my advice was very generic—just start writing. I had a few other tidbits in there and I’ll cover those in a minute.
Apologies for the very late #WriterWednesday post—I’ve had a very busy day today.
First, NaNoWriMo is almost upon us, and I can’t wait! Now that that’s out the way…
Today I wanted to share my writing process. It’s very simple really; I usually have an idea, or some vague picture of an idea and I will form something from that. Once I have the important stuff down (genre, characters), I usually like to write in my notebook.
I realized that as a writer, my reading track record has been so sucky! I’d go to the bookstore, buy a load of books and get some e-books, and then I’d never read them. They’d just sit on my dresser, or in my bookshelf or on my tablet.
So my plan was to get to bed before dawn. But yet, I find myself typing away on my computer. Again.
But seeing as today is a holiday and I really don’t have much to do, I suppose I could sleep later. I’ve found that unless I’m falling asleep at my computer, or the next day is rather busy, it’s better to write while the ideas are in my head than to wait.
So what am I working on now? Well, I’ve got a BL manuscript for my publisher that I’m working on. If you don’t know what BL is, refer back to my interview with Hamlet Machine.
I’ve been plugging away at it for a while and I’d decided to take a couple of days away from it this weekend. The break was awesome—I got to hang out with friends, got some air and my head feels clear that I can finish it.
And this week, I’ll start writing a feature script, yay! It’s an idea that I’ve had for a while and I’m excited to get started on it. It was an entry I’d submitted for a script challenge, and though I didn’t make the final list, I was invited to write alongside those who were selected. Why not seize this opportunity?
So I have six weeks from start to finish. I was able to complete NaNoWriMo in 30 days, let’s see if I can make this happen in 42. Wish me luck!
Recently, I had the chance to interview Hamlet Machine. She’s the creator of Starfighter—a yaoi sci-fi webcomic. The first time we had met was at Katsucon last year and she was so nice to chat with me about publishing and her characters. You can read Starfighter here—as long as you’re of age.
Yaoi—or boy love (BL)—is a Japanese genre of fictional media that centers on the sexual or romantic relationship between the male characters. It’s normally created by female authors and illustrators and marketed towards a female audience.
I had the pleasure of chatting with Gina Miller from the ASPCA about their No Pet Store Puppies pledge. As animal advocates, it was important to outline what puppy mills are, the dangers of them and what it means buying puppies from pet stores. You can find out more about taking the pledge at nopetstorepuppies.com and more about the ASPCA at aspca.org.
The other day, I had the chance to interview Juan Carlos Bagnell— otherwise known as Some Gadget Guy and Some Audio Guy. He’s a freelance voiceover director based in Los Angeles, California, and tech blogger who has been featured in a number of various publications.
In the short time we’ve been acquainted, I’ve learnt a great deal chatting with him about voiceover and about gadgets, and have taken a voiceover coaching session with him. If you’re interested in commercial voiceover and will be in the LA area, check him out. He’s a fun guy with a ton of knowledge. And he makes a mean origami crane.
You can find him—and his words of wisdom—at his sites somegadgetguy.com and someaudioguy.blogspot.com. Thanks again to Juan for having the time to chat with me!