Check out this great article from Anne R. Allen:
Allen provides some very solid, useful advice for the emerging writer. And while it may feel like a lot of commonsense, she actually gets to the heart of many traps and snafus that plenty of young artists often find themselves mired in. I know I’ve fallen victim to some of these issues myself, and I’m grateful to Allen for being so honest, open, and straightforward about them here.
Here’s a teaser:
We all make mistakes. It’s how we learn. But some mistakes have the potential to end a writing career before it starts. Today I’m talking about the things a lot of writers do that can keep them from having a career—or derail it for a long time. How do I know about them? I did a lot of this stuff myself.
1) Writing in a Vacuum
It seems at least half the people I meet are “working on a book.” A lot of them have been working on that same book for years—even decades.
But they never show it to anybody.
These are the people who also never read writing guides or blogs or magazine articles that might improve their writing skills or educate them about the publishing business. This is especially true of nonfiction writers, for some reason. They think a memoir or how-to book is somehow easier to write than a novel.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Nonfiction needs to be even more carefully structured than fiction—especially memoir.
Happy Reading & Writing!
–And a big thank you to Anne R. Allen for sharing her wisdom!
“Imagine waking up to find you can’t move a muscle. It’s dark, but you’re sure you feel a presence in the room, hovering near your bed — or perhaps sitting on your chest, crushing the breath out of you. This weird phenomenon is known as sleep paralysis…”
–Stephanie Pappas, “What Makes Sleep Paralysis Scary“
Sleep paralysis is a terrifying condition rife with dramatic possibilities. It’s already inspired countless horror films, stories, and paintings. Many artists have used devices like alien abductions, astral projection, and even possession in their attempts to translate the terror of sleep paralysis. How would you translate such an experience?
For more inspiration…
“Can’t Move – The Sleep Paralysis Prompts,” Marie Lightman Prompt Response Blog
“What Makes Sleep Paralysis Scary,” Stephanie Pappas, Live Science
“31 Truly Terrifying Tales From People With Sleep Paralysis,” Dan Dalton, BuzzFeed
The Nightmare, A sleep paralysis documentary, Dir. Rodney Ascher
Feature image credit: Henry Fuseli (1781)