I have a degree in creative writing and a post-graduate degree in editing and communication, but I’m not using it be a freelance editor. In fact, I’m only using it for myself. I didn’t spend all that time investing in myself to waste my time on others. Selfish? Yes. But I already have a job that gives me a decent supply of money. And from what I’ve heard, freelancing is risky. I’d rather spend my free time on working on my own things. My books are not going to write themselves.
The best tip when coming to write strong characters, regardless of gender/orientation etc, is to write them as human beings. They have strengths and weaknesses, wants and desires, positive and negatives elements in their lives and personhoods. They are people existing in a world that owes them nothing and they must navigate it.
Also when searching for videos of writing ‘strong’ characters, I was pretty much getting results that focus on females. I mean is it really so hard to write a well-defined character that a perons is so affected by gender? One of the comments under this video mentioned was just write a good character but have them female. Are some people so incompetent when it comes to this? I mean ultimately you must be bad at characterisation period.
I think I have either editing fatigue or I’m just lazy, probably the latter. I’m doing another draft of The Backup Girl at the moment and I’m mentally done with it. How many more times do I have to go over it? But I hadn’t even touched it since last Novemeber as I wanted to give my brain some time between drafts. But there always seems to be something to fix 😦 Currently I am only half wat through this draft. I was hoping that I would have it done around this time. Now I’m hopeing to hvae it done by mid year. I’m using my holiday back to Australia as the due date for self-publication.
Writers! Want to read some writing advice that both contradicts itself, while at the same time fill you with hope? Here it is 🙂
Also here is a video about the best and worst of being a writer.
I once went to a talk by Charlaine Harris. It was back in Australia and it was held in a cinema. I almost missed it, if it wasn’t for my friend Will being a member at this book store chain (can’t remember which one). There was an email for members, inviting them to listen to her. I think it ended up being sold out actually. Anyway one of the things she mentioned was that when she first published her Sookie Stackhouse series, there was no other books like hers on the market. She was the first of that genre. Then as time went on other works from different people were added. Charlaine didn’t let the fact that her books didn’t fit into a genre back then stop her. She went full steam ahead and created an entire series of them.
The point is that as a writer, do not write for the current trends of the market. If you do you could finish your book just as the hype is over and then what. You’ve spent all this time on a book that is no longer in demand. Instead write what you love and want to read. Writers get to decide what the public wants because often the public do not know what they like until they are offered something different.
Want to know what advice Henry Miller, George Orwell, Margaret Atwood, Neil Gaiman or William Safire have to offer? This link has them all in one spot.