Wednesday, June 17, 2015

A Matter of Time by Lisa M. Basso Blog Tour: Guest Post + Giveaway


(Angel Sight #3)
Published: June 9th, 2015
Genres: YA, Paranormal, Fantasy

~ Create Your Own Gameplan ~

I was never really very successful with the traditional 9-5 because I got bored too easily. I don’t ever see that happening with writing, because there are so many ways you can attack a story, plus you can wear all the hats! Creative first drafter, technical editor, business minded author, and silly, weird, wild blogger, tweeter, tumblrer. I can literally do it all.

Writing is not the kind of job you can make a format for and hand it off to someone and say, here, follow these steps and you will be successful. Finding your voice as a writer takes time; so does learning what methods of storytelling work for you.

Personally, I’m a big fan of exploring. Trying different techniques, plotting vs. pantsing or some wild combination of the two—which is what I usually go with. Will you use a notebook or something like a whiteboard? Pen, pencil, or keyboard? Will you flesh out your characters first or get to know them as you write? Do you know how your story will end before you start it or do you not have a clue?

The great thing about being a writer is, any of these are possible and can lead to a successful outcome.

If the idea of starting such a massive undertaking scares the bejesus out of you, try starting small with a short story. They’re a way to experiment with a story and characters. It could turn into more, or it could lead you to something more enticing to write.

Editing is a different beast than drafting. In Stephen King’s On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft, he recommends you draft (write) with the door closed and edit with the door open. I agree with him, though I recommend doing at least one or two passes on your own before opening yourself up to criticism. In editing, you’ll eventually need a different mindset, and a fresh set of eyes. Whether you work with a friend or critique partner, hire an editor, or get lucky enough to work with a publisher and their editor(s), someone else is going to read you work.

Which leads to: put on that chainmail. Someone else is going to read your work, you heard me right. And they are probably going to rip it apart. You will bleed, possibly from your eyes, you will hurt, and you might even think about giving up. All those are normal for this process. My advice, keep your head down and work through edits one step at a time.

The one piece of advice I always give is to never give up. And take things one step at a time if you feel overwhelmed. Finish that draft. Then complete at least one round of edits. Find a critique partner if you feel lost. Edit again. Step by step. Each one is a huge accomplishment. Treat it as such. And never stop dreaming.

Lisa M. Basso was born and raised in San Francisco, California. She is a lover of books, video games, animals, and baking (not baking with animals though). As a child she would crawl into worlds of her own creation and get lost for hours. Her love for YA fiction started with a simple school reading assignment: S.E. Hinton’s The Outsiders. When not reading or writing she can usually be found at home with The Best Boyfriend that Ever Lived ™ and her two darling (and sometimes evil) cats, Kitties A and B.
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