The Fear You Will Fall

Writing is a tough gig. Honestly, it’s such an subjective field that even if you’re a best selling author, or screenwriter, or whatever, people are still not going to like you. But, if you’re at that point, you’ve probably got as many, or more people who dig your work, so it’s all gravy. But what about those of us who have been at this writing thing for more than half of their life without any success? Continue reading “The Fear You Will Fall”

Back at It.

Well, after the new year debacle, I’ve decided to get right to my “resolution,” and get back to writing. I’ve got a hard drive full of stories that are incomplete, and are just begging to be finished. So I picked one that I thought would be fun and interesting to write, and ultimately read. A genre that I feel gets overlooked a bit is the pulp genre. Old school detectives solving the case with nothing more than intuition and observation. I love the genre, and I remember when I started writing this tale. Continue reading “Back at It.”

Expressive Freedom.

I don’t want you to consider this a post about censorship. It’s not. At least not in the traditional sense. It’s about expressing yourself in your work, or even in life, with all the freedom you desire. I’ve always been of the mindset, do what you want. Don’t hold back. I really do feel that you have a story, or an idea inside of you, just do it. Who cares if people think it’s too over the top, or too raunchy, or too anything. That’s their problem, not yours. As Ricky Gervais once said, “If you’re offended by something I say, that’s your problem, not mine.” That might not be the exact quote, but it’s something very close to it. Continue reading “Expressive Freedom.”

The Bitter Sting Returns.

Two more rejections this morning. Christ, this writing this is becoming more and more tedious as time goes on. I’m not going to lie, I’m getting more and more discourage. I’ve heard people compare sending work out for publishing, or representation to sending out job applications. You can make that comparison, sure. Both have a fairly low success rates, and both have the potential to be disappointing or joyous. However, and this sort of depends on the job, there is one distinct difference. When sending out your own work for consideration, it is being judged on your talent. When you apply to a job, you’re competing mainly over experience. When you’re told you didn’t get an interview, it usually reads¬†Thank you for you application, however we have decided to choose somebody who meets the level of experience.¬†Fair enough, the gig when to a fella or lady who had 5 years on me. But when you get the rejection letter sent to you, it reads literally this(Copied from one this morning): Continue reading “The Bitter Sting Returns.”

Just Put It Out There.

This is something I’ve heard countless times in my writing career, if you can call it that. It’s the same mentality that Field of Dreams uses: If you build it, they will come. What the Hell am I talking about? Well, let me elaborate a bit. When I was looking into getting my book out there through self publishing means, many people told me “Just put it out there and somebody will read it.” I’ve also heard this from industry professionals. Continue reading “Just Put It Out There.”