Today is the fifth Tuesday of the month, which means that my answer to this heartfelt letter is available exclusively to my Patreon patrons.
Month: January 2017
#27: Ethics in Fiction Writing
Let go of any inclination you have to identify with your work and interpret critiques of your work as critiques of you. Critiques of your work are critiques of your work. Your job is to use them to make your future work better.
Writers in a Dangerous Time
As we face difficult times as creators of art, we will face a lot of pressure from different sides, and from within ourselves.
#26: Maintaining Story Momentum
You ask for the bones of plot, but it sounds like you already have those: start, middle, end, some drama. What you need are the muscles and tendons of plot, the pull and thrust and tension that turns a skeleton into something that moves and breathes.
#25: Story Ending Choice Paralysis
Take this significant aspect of your work and see it as a selling point rather than a drawback. Find venues and audiences that appreciate your work for what it is, and keep making the art that you want to make instead of jamming yourself uncomfortably into another mold.
Story Hospital is on Twitter!
I have finally created a Twitter account for Story Hospital! It is, unsurprisingly, @StoryHospital.
#24: Semicolon Surgery
I love semicolons; they're great. The issue is what you're doing with language and content that leads to the use of so many of them.