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Video Saturday: Writing advice, superheroes, and science fiction from @CatRambo via @MisanthropeMike Davis’ #LovecrafteZine

I don’t have much to say about this week’s video.  Mike Davis does a great interview and Cat Rambo is charming and informative and just fun to listen to.

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Video Saturday: Advice to #Writers – Stan Lee and Elements of a Page Turner

Just a fun short little piece featuring Stan Lee.

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Geographic Descriptors for #Writers – Caves, Cliffs, and Rocks (#3 in the series) by Octoswan

When it comes to geographic descriptors from Carolyn/Octoswan, we’re still not done. This week – Caves, Cliffs, and Rocks. As always, you can check all of them out at her website here.

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#Video Saturday: Advice for #Writers – Philippa Ballantine (@PhilippaJane)

Geist CoverJoanna Penn’s Video Interview of Philippa Ballantine on fantasy and first drafts.  New Zealand born fantasy writer and podcaster Philippa (Pip) Ballantine is the author of the Books of the Order and the Shifted World series. She is also the co-author with her husband Tee Morris of the Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences novels. Her awards include an Airship, a Parsec, the Steampunk Chronicle Reader’s Choice, and a Sir Julius Vogel. She currently resides in Manassas, Virginia with her husband, daughter, and a furry clowder of cats.  The video is a bit old and mentions Geist first hitting the shelves but that just makes it better for us.  We can not only read Geist but also the NEXT three books! Yay!

You can find these books on her Amazon page.  What’s also cool is that she has written additional short stories that include some of the characters. For those of you slackers who don’t want to watch the video:

pip_ballantine_long-hairTop Tips for a First Draft

1.  Just keep writing and not look back.

2.  Include something that highlights the senses – color, sound, or scent.  It’s evocative and helps the reader get in the mind of the character.

3.  The characters are the lens through which readers get in to the story.  Better to have an imperfect character that allow you to empathize with them.

And of course what makes me squee…her favorite source of information and inspiration for writing is history. Geist is based on Tsarist Russia of the 19th century. Yay!

 

First drafts are never easy.  In addition to Pip’s great advice, what would YOU suggest?


Video Saturday (okay, really Sunday) – Advice to Writers – Salman Rushdie

Okay, I’ll admit it.  I have not read anything of Salman Rushdie’s.  HOWEVER, I have to admit, I LOVE LOVE LOVE this interview.  I think what he has to say is something that writers who are toiling away, working toward that “big break.”  🙂

Our stories aren’t really fiction, not when they contain Truth;  the Truth we recognize as human beings.  What is the meaning of our lives?  What moves us and what stories tell us about our own lives.  That is the kind of truth that we as readers look for.

“You must ask yourself realistic questions.  What would it be like?  When flying a magic carpet…what would it feel like, rigid or soft and flowing?  What would the view be like.”

Readers want to have people they can believe in, behaving in ways they recognize and can see how it connects with their own life.  Human truth.

I get it.  And in some ways it is a daunting charge.  We can all write stories of high adventure, and spine-tingling horror, and deep, dark mystery, but when we can do that and really bring out the human interaction; the motivation and intimate personal change…then…then we don’t have fiction any more.  It is something greater.

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Video Saturday – Advice to Writers – Anne Rice

I don’t know too many people my age who love speculative fiction who did NOT go through that phase where they either read or were urged to read Anne Rice.  While I read 3-4 of her books, I have to admit to feeling lukewarm about her characters, and the stories always felt a bit “overmuch.”  However, looking back, I am surprised by how much I remember of those novels so many years later.  So maybe I shouldn’t scoff.  🙂  Just a few months ago Anne put up a new video with advice for writers. It is 12 minutes long so a bit more in depth than our usual fare over here at Unleaded, but still a fun watch.

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