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Sharing Writing/Publishing Tips

Two documents that I found valuable were published in the past week, so I'm sharing the URLs here if you are also interested.  

First, Storm Constantine had a wonderful article on how to get a fantasy book published.  Check it out on her blog here:

And next, there was a great post on Creating Space for your Writing that was found by Lynn Flewellen and passed on in her LJ.  Check out that link here:

Happy writing, everyone.  
You're very welcome. I found them very helpful and interesting and thought that others on my f-list also might.

- Erulisse (one L)
The Rachel Gardner site looks particularly juicy. Thanks for the tip!
BTW I just purchased "The Fifth Man" by Randy I. He's got an appendix in the back on scene writing that is very helpful. You mentioned getting his writing course a few weeks ago. How is it? I'm not as impressed with his qualifications, but his friend John sounds like a good resource.
I'm a bit confused. I have writing workshop materials in book form from Todd Walton & Mindy Toomay as well as from Ursula Le Guin. My creative writing course is taught by Steve Alcorn. Randy I doesn't sound familiar to me.

I'm very happy with my Continuing Ed Creative Writing course. It's really pushing me to think about structure, elements, and methodology. That's the kind of really constructive information that I needed and I'll be working my way through the materials and supplementary materials for a long time. There's a lot to learn and two lessons a week really pushes me to get it all absorbed within a legitimate time period.

Delighted that I could be of some help :-)

- Erulisse (one L)
Wonder where I got that news?

As far as creative writing classes, they don't seem to offer much here in the wilds of Indiana. Notre Dame has an undergraduate major in writing, but that's far outside my reality. I did get the Le Guinn book and enjoyed parts of it, and I found that Writing on Both Sides of the Brain was really good. I've found bits of good advice here and there. Someday when I grow up I'm really going to learn how to write, I just don't know how to go about it.
With e-courses, geography is not an issue any more. Even though the course I am taking was offered through one of my local community colleges, it actually is a national course that they picked up. I figured that $100 was not outrageous for a six-week course and I'm certainly getting my money's worth because between the course subjects and all of the supplementary materials that he links to, I'm learning tons.

If you want to take a course at some time, start looking at different schools and community colleges. You don't have to be physically present to attend a class any more.

Whatever you decide, good luck with your writing goals. You're very talented and I'm quite sure you will write something marvelous.

- Erulisse (one L)
I actually do most of the things recommended on the rachellegarner site. Silence always allows my mind to speak.
I actually am sound driven and need noise in the background. I don't want to pay attention to it, so I manage to ignore the TV very well. I actually pay more attention to music so I don't usually listen to music as I write. I developed these habits many long years ago and they still work well for me. Repetitive actions allow my mind to speak, so making packages or strands of beads for the shop works very well for that.

- Erulisse (one L)
Cutting out the noise would make me crazy, there's a lot of noise in my life. I have the radio set on a talk station most of the day (one that gives space to a big variety of ideas and views) alternating with music. I write with music, usually something I'm familiar with so it's not intrusive. I studied with a music backdrop and haven't lost the need to have it there so I can focus.

The final point - write to an idea - is one you might find useful in November. I found with NaNo, no matter how well outlined the story is, there are days when your mind is blank and the only way to get past that is to write till you get somewhere, even though you know you'll delete the first 1,000 words later when you're in editing mode.

I still think I'm totally out of my mind even thinking about NaNoWriMo because I'm usually a very slow writer although I can sometimes pull a story out of the air. But I'd really like to try it, even knowing that I will end up putting at least half on the editing room floor after the month is over :-)

I also need noise. I've studied to a TV background for more than 30 years and am adept at allowing it to be white noise for me. True silence, unless I'm in the middle of nowhere specifically to enjoy the sounds of nature, drives me a bit crazy. I'm totally a city girl in my productive modes.

- Erulisse (one L)
The best advice I can give about Nano is have a detailed outline and try write around the same time every day. After a week or two you almost get used to pushing out 1,700+ words a day.

I've since gone back and read Storm Constantine's article. I expected to roll my eyes for some reason, but that was one of the more sensible, empathetic how to's I've read on the subject. I think a lot comes down to having a good editor who'll understand what you're trying to do and takes time to explain the changes he/she decides are necessary (have heard a few horror stories there)
There are many things that can be said about Storm Constantine, but I found her article very lucid and filled with legitimate and reasonable information.

I'm determined to try NaNoWriMo. I may not succeed the first time, but it's that way with many things. You have to learn to walk before you can run. I've at least been writing for a bit now and feel more comfortable with it, and I'm working on the research and the character developments so that I can hopefully make this tale work. I guess I'll find out - LOL. Thanks for the advice, it sounds very reasonable and with luck, achievable.

- Erulisse (one L)