Writing 101: What To Do When People Don’t Like Your Writing

To all my beautiful people:

I promise that more of the promise interviews, as well as the article on Valente’s book, The Palimpsest, is coming. Soon. But for now my brain is taking a tangent. I was having a discussion with another author recently about words and the power of them. Through that conversation, I have come up with this three part series on how to deal with negativity towards ones creativity. This article will be followed up by articles on how writers can self-harm their creative side and about the lies that we tell ourselves as writers.

However, this article will be on the obvious. What to do when someone doesn’t like your writing. Or more aptly, how to move forward from negative feedback, especially when it’s someone you love or respect or a project that you adore.

Also, there’s a link at the bottom of this page by Penny Hancock, an author, called Thick Skin, Think Skin–A Writer needs both. I highly recommend that you read this article once you’ve finished this one.

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Summer Contest 2017

To all my beautiful people,

I’ve been talking about doing this for quite a while with some of you. Now, it’s actually happening. I’m hosting a contest through this blog, and inviting all of you to participate. If you continue to read below it will tell you more about the contest and regulations/rules. At the end will be listed prompts for the various categories.

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Author Interview: Fred Smith

NOTE: There is a note on the contest at the bottom of this article. If you are interested in that, please read it. Also, once again, having formatting issues. <_< I think it’s because some of this writing is transposed.

To all my beautiful people,

As I mentioned in previous articles, I love doing interviews with other writers for all of you. I also realize it’s been quite a while since I have actually done one. However, I have several up and coming this summer, so I hope that you will enjoy all of them.

This interview was done with a fellow MFA student (now graduated) and a man that I work with in the newspaper business. That said, Alfred is a very curious person whom I find most amusing and good for conversation. He is an author and an avid reader of good literature, like I assume that most of you are.

So, to introduce our interviewee, here is a short bio: Alfred E. Smith is a writer on the Kansas prairie. He is the editor and owner of the Tipton Times, a quarterly newspaper often called a piece of Americana. He lives on his cattle ranch with a myriad of critters including cats, dogs, peacocks, and cows. He has an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nebraska Omaha. 

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Top Five: Obscure Fantasy Novel Suggestions

To all my beautiful people:

Well, loves, with all my heavy material that’s been written and will be written, I figured I’d give all of you a break. That said, this article will have a list of my top five favorite obscure fantasy books that I usually suggest people read. Even if you don’t like fantasy, these books are worth a read in my opinion.

That said, if you decide this article is useless, go ahead and skip to the bottom. I have some information there on a possible contest that I’ll be hosting through my blog, and I’d love to have everyone’s participation in that if possible. Prizes will be awarded.

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Writing 101: Shaming Writers

To all my beautiful people:

As previously noted, this is part two of the previous article. In the previous article I discussed why writers can be seen as snobs, and why that may not necessarily be a bad thing.

Today, I’m going to write about a topic which is something of a passion to me. Today I’m going to write about prejudice and judgment toward writers (and readers). I’m going to write about why we should not judge the writing choices and reading material of someone else, and how hurtful that can be.

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Writing 101: Pretentious Snobs

To all my beautiful people,

I have had a lot of experience in the past with readers, non-readers who want to give their opinion, and even other authors who pass much judgment on writing. Sometimes it’s over a preference of styles or content, but other times it can be over fundamentals of reading and writing.

While this is a topic which most people stay away from, and while it makes me a little anxious to share my opinion on, I’m going to do it anyway. Ain’t nobody to stop me. So. This will be a two part article. The first will be Pretentious Snobs and why people view writers that way. The second will be on Shaming Writers (and readers), how it happens and why people shouldn’t.

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Endings: Memories From the Years

To all my  beautiful people:

This weekend was a big weekend for my family. My baby sister (who is neither a baby nor my sister because she’s some sort of crazy scientific genius and I can therefore not accept responsibility for her oddities) graduated from high school.
She’s only turned eighteen recently, and graduated top of her class. Benji plans to go to college in the Fall of 2017 in Iowa. She will attend school and major in Chemistry with minors in Biology and Physics. She will also compete on the school dance team and their newspaper/journalism club (due to scholarships on both). I’m sure in her spare time she will be found watching Doctor Who, reading collections of poetry, or being aghast at the organizational skills of her far too numerous roommates. (Four roommates is just WAY too many, right?)
All this noted, I’m super proud of her. She’s an amazing young lady with a lot of heart for her passions, for others, and for serving God. I love her to death, and I’m sure all of you would, too. Therefore, in honor of her accomplishments (and because I will reluctantly miss her stupid face when she goes to school) I am putting together this list of my five favorite memories we’ve shared together throughout the years.
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Physical Books in a Digital World

NOTE: There apparently are formatting issues when I publish this article…they are not there when I actually wrote it in the editor and it will not allow me to fix them. <_< I apologize for how unbalanced, cruddy, and messed up the flow of the article is visually.

To all my beautiful people:

Well, loves, I’m actually keeping my promise this time. I’m writing a thing. Yay. And also ignoring my novel, but we’ll pretend that’s not a thing. Probably continuously.
 I was asked to write on this topic by a friend of mine, Chaya. Beautiful lady. Anyway, we were discussing the seeming epidemic that has begun in the world. With the switch of many things from physical to digital, it seems that many publishing agencies are feeling the same sort of “switch”. Many of the sales that companies make, along with their communications, are done primarily online. And so I’m going to tackle this topic: Reasons to Continually Read Physical Books in a Digitalized World.
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Writing 101: The Key to Realistic Dialogue

To all my beautiful people:

One of the greatest struggles I see when I critique the work of young writers (and even some advanced authors, as well) is commonly inaccurate or weak dialogue. There are many  ways to create unique dialogue or even language, but it is sometimes difficult to write dialogue realistic to ages, ethnicities, sexes, and other such groups.

Therefore, I thought that I would sit and write out my thoughts and various tips on ways through which one can improve the dialogue in one’s novel or short story.

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Writing 101: Specific Motivation

To all my beautiful people:

Look at that. The last article I wrote was on motivation, in which I promised to post more often. And look at what I have not done. Go figure. Welcome to my world, everyone. Where life is insane even after school is over. Welcome to adulting, loves.

A little life update for those of you who care, and then I’ll actually write something useful. I have been working a new job at a ad paper production agency. I will work there full-time through the summer, and hopefully it will prove to be a useful job. *pokes resume* That said, at the end of the summer, my family will be moving.

Also for anyone who cares, I have this lovely dream of getting an apartment one day, being surrounded by books, and having two cats. A black one named Khoshekh (yes, after the cat from NightVale) and an orange one named Marius.

In the fall, I also start back to graduate school through University of Nebraska in Omaha for my second semester in a creative writing program. This will be my terminal degree (essentially a doctorates for someone in specific arts programs), so hopefully I’ll be able to get a decent job teaching or something like that by the time I graduate in December of 2018.

This has been life updates with Cher. *bows*

Now. Without further ado, some random thoughts on specific motivation. Because my brain is still focused on that topic. Therefore, I will write this piece while avoiding the thing I’m supposed to be motivating myself to write. Look at all the irony in my life, guys.

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