Hey all! Been awhile since I checked in. Sorry about that, terribly busy with many different things.
So I was asked recently by Webucator what sort of advice I would give to a writer who was just starting out. Writing really isn’t for everyone. It’s a ton of hard work and often doesn’t pay well. I don’t pay the bills with my writing. I have another job.
But advice is important. I wish I’d had writing advice when I started out, even back when I was in middle school and high school. I would have loved some support and advice, especially since I often got stuck with where I needed to go with my work. At least I finally got that once I was in college!
So here we go!
- Don’t be afraid to talk to others about your ideas. My friends are some of my greatest sounding boards. They can give feedback if your idea makes sense. And more importantly, they can give you that little boost of confidence that might drive you to completing your project.
- Writing may be solitary, but you don’t have to be alone. This seems a little weird, right? When you write, you’re basically on your own. But I’ve started working with a writing buddy. We keep each other accountable and provide encouragement. A few kind words here and there can really, REALLY make writing easier.
- Starting is difficult, but once you’ve got that momentum… This is the one that really got me when I was younger. I was really bad at building momentum on projects, so I never completed anything. Part of this is due to ADHD, the rest was because I really just didn’t know what I wanted from stories. But if you already have that awesome idea and you have it outlined and you know what you want to do? Just start. Start writing. Build momentum. You’ll finish.
- Don’t wait for inspiration, go and find it! I used to wait for ideas to smack me over the head. This didn’t really leave me with much to work on. If I wasn’t inspired, I wasn’t working. Then I remembered that there’s a huge amount of inspiration everywhere in life. If I’m stuck? Sometimes I take a break and watch an episode of a show. Sometimes I go for a walk. Sometimes that’s all it takes for me to get my writing juices going again.
- Nothing has to be perfect. This is one I’m still working on. Perfection isn’t something that’s really attainable, especially not in a first draft. That first draft just needs to be written – and that’s all. Kinks and issues can be worked out in later drafts and editing and revising. Going back and fixing things can make you lose the all important momentum. So just keep writing. Let go of being perfect.
What advice would you give to a starting writer?
Hey all. Long time no see. I’ve been a little scant on posting because of real life kicking my butt. I’ve also been busy on Opus Crescendo. And planning for NaNoWriMo. And working at taekwondo. And writing the newsletter. And articles for GERM.
But there are big decisions on the horizon for me.
You all know my book. Opus Aria. The one I’ve been promoting the past few years? Yeah. That one.
I’m not sure I’m happy with how I wrote it. I’m happy with how I’m writing Opus Crescendo. I’m happy with what I have planned for Opus Requiem. And I’m really excited for the follow-up series.
You didn’t hear that part there.
A friend of mine suggested rewriting Opus Aria.
This really isn’t something I take lightly, because once something is published, I considered it published. Maybe I’m maturing as a writer, maybe I’m getting indecisive about the quality of my work again.
But I’d probably feel better about the series if I rewrote Opus Aria. And Prelude. Which would probably be eaten by Opus Crescendo. Nom nom nom Prelude.
I could do the story better justice now. The bigger thing? There’s a huge difference in the writing styles in Opus Aria and Opus Crescendo. I’ve grown a lot since I wrote Opus Aria. I hadn’t really settled into a novel writing voice yet. Now I have. Now I want that voice in Opus Aria.
That’s the nice thing about self-publishing, I suppose. I can go and change it easily.
What do you guys think?
Hey all! This book was recommended to me by my friend Morgan. I was looking for ebook/indie book suggestions since it can be extremely difficult to find a book that I actually want to read, even with Amazon’s HUGE library. Thankfully, Morgan saved the day and made it easier for me! That being said, feel free to send me an email at email@example.com if you have an ebook/indie book to suggest.
The Emperor’s Edge by Lindsay Buroker follows the story of Amaranthe Lokdon. She’s one of the only female enforcers in the city she works in and she’s good at her job. Her job is to take down petty thieves, deal with thugs, and keep the peace. Her job gets more complicated when her higher-ups send her on a mission to deal with a renowned assassin. Despite knowing that it’s a poor choice to go through with it, Amaranthe follows her orders. Among all of this is mystery and chaos. Continue Reading
Hey all! Sometimes its really hard for me to pick which book to read and review for here. I got about 30% into one book this month, stopped being interested, and started reading Halo by Frankie Rose a few minutes later. I was hooked from the start.
Halo was initially published under the name Raksha in 2013. The book starts with painting a dystopian society that is extremely different than ours. There is a clear caste system in place – Falin, Elin, Therin, and Trues – I might be missing some. Our main character doesn’t have a name, she is Falin Kitsch. She fights in the Colloseum with other Falin and kills them for sport. And she has a halo on her neck, a device that administers a drug that controls her emotions. Everything she knows changes when she goes against her longtime training partner, Falin Asha.
I’m reluctant to say more than that, because of spoilers!
Hey all! So lets fill you all in on what’s been going on in my neck of the woods. I was in Door County for a few days with absolutely no internet access. I still had mobile signal, so I could get online, but it was painfully slow and not really worth it. But it was a nice way to recharge. I didn’t realize I’d been working myself so hard. I’d honestly believed I’d been super lazy, but in reality, I’m probably putting at least 1000 words out a day. And while that doesn’t seem like a lot, that’s oftentimes at least half a chapter.
I’m working on stories to submit to literary magazines for money. And I’m working on some material that will likely be published under a penname. Since I primarily write young adult, I don’t want anything more risque associated with LL Lemke. So….penname!
Current Projects and Issues
Alright. This isn’t the first time that I’ve done a current projects post (1, 2, 3, 4). It’s just been a year TO THE DAY since I’ve done a post like this. I’ll try to limit it do what I’m actively working on. You guys know I’m always working on a ridiculous amount of projects at any given time. Continue Reading
Hey all! Sometimes I have tons of trouble trying to figure out which book I want to review. Sometimes I go through my Kindle and despite having hundreds of books, I sigh and need to go and find more. This was one of those times.
Freaks of Greenfield High by Maree Anderson caught my attention because of its tagline – a cyborg love story. I’ve heard of a few books exploring cyborgs and love, but none of them had really caught my attention. I read the description and decided that yes, I would get this (FREE!) book.
Freaks of Greenfield High has two main protagonists – Jay (a cyborg lady) and Tyler (a social outcast teenage boy). For the most part, we see Jay’s integration into high school life to better hide from the people who are chasing her. While she’s a skilled mimic, she doesn’t really understand how to handle the advances of rudely flirtatious boys. While they see each other briefly in the office before school, our protagonists don’t meet until their first period biology class over the dissection of a frog. It gets a bit embarrassing from there – especially when Jay realizes that her emotions are evolving. Continue Reading
Hey all! Been awhile since I checked in. I took down Patreon for now. I’ve been a bit stressed between writing novels, working for GERM, and working at taekwondo. So I got overwhelmed. I picked a bad month to try and start the campaign.
It will come back once I feel a little more steady on my feet.
Anyway, the reason we’re here! We’re in the last hour and a half of writing time for Camp NaNoWriMo for the central US timezone. Am I writing now? No. I finished about a half hour ago or so. Not only did I get my writing goal complete (40,000 in the month), but I completed the project I was working on.
Though I keep having this urge to add a sequel hook when I intend for this to be a standalone novel.
But I have a REALLY GREAT sequel hook.
So obviously Camp NaNoWriMo went well for me. I hope it went for all of you.