Wednesday, February 14, 2018

#Writing Wednesday - February 14th 2018

Despite having once read a dictionary cover to cover - well, twice if you include the time I read a Welsh-English translation dictionary - I can't spell to save my life. Well, OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration, and there are some things I can spell really well. In fact, some of the things I can spell well would surprise you. But you should never rely on me to help you out with spellings. Part of this is some confusion caused by how Welsh spelling is figured out compared to English spelling, and part of it is because I've used a computer for most of my writing ever since I was about ten (about when I was switching from mostly working in Welsh to mostly working in English) and computers have spell check. If you're like me, here's an amusing post that shows how spell check can be both your best friend or worst enemy, and why you shouldn't rely completely on it. Oh, and... Yes, I'm serious about the dictionaries: I had nothing else I hadn't read available to me at the time, so... *Shrugs*


This is how you write a story, so get out there and cultivate those wild ideas!

While you're doing that, remember that a first draft is always a tell-all. What matters most when writing the first draft is that you get your thoughts down on paper, and make it to the end. You can worry about improving it afterwards. For now, just write.

Always remember: it may be a good story, but that doesn't mean you have to write it.

So, what makes a story memorable?

Regardless of what you feel makes a story memorable, most stories require at least a little world building. So, check out these posts on world building for some tips in that area.

No matter the kind of world your character(s) live(s) in, if there's a big focus on the elements in your story, you can make things more interesting by bearing in mind that fire is more than destruction, considering the versatility of wind, giving some thought to the tri-form element that is water, and remembering that earth can be fun.

Also, if you decide you want to step out of your comfort zone and write in a new genre, or are new to writing and trying to decide which genre to write in, you may want to check out these tips for writing in a new genre.

By the way, have you heard about the recent changes to CreateSpace and Kindle Direct Publishing paperbacks? I'm glad to see the new features on the Kindle Direct Publishing site, but still won't be changing which of the two I use, since I don't want to lose the distribution to Amazon Canada, nor the option to have my books available on other places (especially since several of my paperback sales come through those distribution sites). As for CreateSpace getting rid of their paid services... I never used them anyhow, so I don't really care about that. Still, it's comforting to know that I'll have the option to do things like order proofs if I'm ever forced to switch to Kindle Direct Publishing, since I did think not having that option was a very bad thing, and was concerned about the possibility of being forced to switch, and not being able to order proof copies before my books went on sale. As I said though, I currently have no plans to switch any time soon.

Regardless of how you publish your books though, here's a post with some things to think about regarding the middle book in a series.

Whether what you're writing is part of a series or not though, remember to dare to experiment (if you want to succeed).


Danielle L Zecher said...

Thanks for all of the great links! I've thought about reading the dictionary, but have never gotten around to it. I'm impressed that you've done it twice! I'm not sure I'd want to face you in a Scrabble game knowing that. ;-)

Victoria Zigler said...

You're welcome about the links. I wouldn't worry too much regarding the Scrabble game. As I said, despite having technically read the dictionary twice, I still can't spell as well as you'd think I'd be able to. Although, having said that, I did do a pretty good job of beating my brother at Scrabble last time I played him, and he studied English at Cambridge University, so... Maybe I'm not as bad as I think? ;)