Starting today, I will be adding a new short story every week. It’s called Short Thurdays! I wanted to feature some other stuff I do besides the comic on the site. Hopefully you will enjoy it. The first story is called “The Fear.” It’s a ghost story.
Come back each Thursday for a new story. Or click on the “Short Stories” link on the menu up top to read them all.
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Thanks to my membership at Webcomics.com, I found a link to a bunch of writing tips from very famous authors. Among the usual pretentious comments and obvious pet-peeves were a few great insights. The best was this:
Sound like yourself.
Seems pretty obvious. But as an aspiring writer, and an avid reader, I know that many writers do not do this. Many new writers try to sound like someone famous, their favorite writer (or a successful writer) and fail miserably. I myself have stumbled countless times while trying to punch up my prose, worrying if it is “intelligent” enough or “interesting” enough. It never occurred to me that I should just write in my own voice.
That tip is worth all the books on writing you can find! It has certainly sent my current revising endeavor into a new direction.
To check out the full list of tips go here.
I really hope to get my book published one day. How else can I get all my other books published? Anyway, I had been working on revising it at the beginning of the year, but some freelance web work has pushed that back onto the shelf.
I have been contemplating transitioning from web design into a full-time creative career, which includes my comic and writing. Although I don’t think this website is popular enough yet, that is my eventual goal. Oh how wonderful it would be to be free from the daily grind.
Alas, one day. One day.
I think I’ve come a long way. I have highlighted many of the problems in my manuscript and created a sort of rough guideline on what I need to do. Many of the later chapters needed expanding; two could actually be moved up in the story; and certain details can be simplified/refined. Also, in light of the changes in my personal tastes/style, I’ve decided to in fact rewrite most of the story, starting from the first sentence.
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As I re-read my manuscript, chapter by chapter, I feel the urge to completely re-write it growing. A year’s worth of experiences seemed to have changed my taste in prose tremendously and with each paragraph I realize I can do better.
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