Laurie McBee Writing Stuff
Laurie McBee Writing Stuff
A sick sense of failure or a miraculous feeling. Two outstanding authors with two very different approaches to their writing. I believe their message is to write, no matter what you are feeling. Grind if you have to, but keep at it. Your idea’s are “clamoring to become visible”.
By: Jess Zafarris & Writer’s Digest
Image by Jess Zafarris
To the uninitiated, Reddit can seem like the Wild West of the web—and that’s not entirely inaccurate. But “the front page of the internet” is also a wealth of information, knowledge, resources, inspiration and so much more. Part anonymous message board platform, part social news and media aggregator, Reddit has more than 520 million regular monthly visitors and more than 1.2 million active subreddits, or categorized message boards that you can subscribe to in order to make popular submissions appear on your “front page” when you visit Reddit.com or the mobile app. The most common subreddits include /r/aww for cute critters, /r/pics for neat photos, and /r/askreddit for posing social questions to the community—but really, there’s one for everything. And I mean everything, including one dedicated entirely to photos of bread stapled to trees, but also including several excellent writing subreddits that provide critiques, craft and publishing advice, ideas and prompts, and more.
I’ve been participating on the site for more than six years, including maintaining a fairly active presence on several of these writing subreddits while lurking on others, so I thought I’d supplement my 101 Best Websites for Writers feature in the May/June 2019 issue with a guide to the many Reddit destinations where writers can find useful information and resources.
First thing to know: Reddit is anonymous and very, very public. Don’t post personal details unless you want the whole world knowing them. Plus it’s usually against the rules.
Speaking of, be sure to read and follow the rules of the subreddits you visit, or you’ll risk your post being deleted—or even having your account banned.
Also, especially in the writing subs, Redditors don’t pull any punches with criticism, and the communities include basically every demographic in the world (with a tilt in favor of millennial men), so steel your heart and mind before engaging or posting questions, images or written work. Upvote content you enjoy and engage with other users’ posts to encourage activity and community in each sub.
One more note: As you peruse the subreddits below, you’ll find my Editor’s Choice subreddits spotlighted with a ★.
Below are the two general writing subreddits—the differences lie in the size, personality and attitudes you’ll encounter in each one. The first is the largest subreddit and community dedicated to writing, but the latter is more typically open to critiques and has more flexible rules around what you’re allowed to post.
Did Jess wet your appetite for more ? I hope so because there’s much more in the article including genres, freelancing, prompts, inspiration, etc.. Here is a link to the article:
Article by Elena Nicolaou
Here are some excerpts from the article
The events of Danielle Steel’s life read like a modern-day fairy tale. Or perhaps they read like the plot of one of her own bestselling books—sagas about ordinary people whose lives turn sharply in the direction of adventure.
After her first book, Steel’s next five books didn’t sell—but the sixth one did. “I always say to young people who are writing: If I had quit after three, I wouldn’t have the career I have today,” Steel says.
She adds that as much as her jet-setting life seems glamorous, there’s also an isolation that accompanies literary fame.
I got hooked on writing books. I love it. Now, it’s my dream job. I can’t think of another job I’d enjoy as much. Writing books makes you more interested in people’s problems, because we all have those problems. It doesn’t matter who you are—you’re subject to the same worries and problems and illnesses and losses.
I try to be in my office by 8 every day. If I’m in San Francisco, I meet with my staff. If I’m not working on a book, I answer emails, work on an outline, do research. I pretty much stay at my desk all day. I eat at my desk, which I’m sure is very unhealthy and uncivilized. If I am working on a book and haven’t had a chance to write that day, I usually start writing around 8 pm and go until about 3 am. But if I start writing in the morning, whenever that is, I’ll start on the book and keep going through the day. I work, on average, 20 hours a day. Sometimes 22. Occasionally 24. And then whatever time of day it is, I sleep for four hours, then I go back to the book. I think my body is used to it.
I hope not. I can do that when I’m dead.
There is much more to this article, fellow writers. It’s a look inside the writing and personal life of someone who didn’t quit after rejection. Read more at:
When considering your characters’ motivations, Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs is a great place to start. If your character lacks any one of the elements in the hierarchy, they’ll likely harbor dissatisfaction in their lives. And remember, dissatisfaction is often the root of motivation.
Oh, leap year:
#29. What is one thing you could change that would provide a more peaceful life for yourself.