Haha, don’t I know it! Back in the day I had it in my head that I’d put out my book, and not too long after that I’d be a millionaire. Well, maybe not a millionaire, but I’d get some decent dough, right? If EL James can do it, surely I can too?
Ha! EL James cheated by insinuating herself into a Twihard community whose questionable tastes in books clearly did not prevent them from having altogether too much money to spend on said questionable books.
An interesting question this week, though I don’t think I can say too much about it from my own experience. The question is: How do you portray different cultures in your writing?
The thing is that my three books so far represent one culture. Arlennis is one country – pretty big, but still only one country. To the north there’s icy wasteland, to the south there’s a desert, there’s an impenetrable jungle in the east and a vast ocean to the west, making it a very isolated country. That was all entirely deliberate – I’m not saying there are no other countries in the world, I’ve just not explored that option any further.
I’m still one week behind, so I’m going to cheat and bundle the next two questions into one. The answer is pretty much the same for both of them anyway.
I’ll start with 45, which is: It’s the anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon in 2001. How much do major world events influence your writing?
The answer is not at all. Even if I didn’t write fantasy, I think I wouldn’t want to include things like that, but it’s moot because I’ll never write any big political drama based on real-life events. I’d be shit at it.
Which then leaves question 44, which is: Would you ever consider writing in a genre outside your scope if you thought it would give you a better chance of exposure/financial gain?
No, I wouldn’t. Aside from the fact that, again, I’d probably be shit at it, even I am not that cynical. Call me a traditionalist, but people should write because they love to write, not because they want to rake in cash. Raking in cash is a wonderful side-effect if you’re lucky, but i’m not going to churn out dinosaur porn just because I want to be rich.
Besides, technically I write in the single most popular genre on the planet: romance. Trust me to scupper my own chances by mixing that with fantasy, which doesn’t appear to be that popular a combination…
Find out what other people thought here and here on Jay Dee’s blog.
This will be a very, very short post. The question is: What do people have to say about book promotions and what route works best for them?
Basically, I hate book promotions. Not the concept of them, I am just utterly shite at promoting my books. So I cannot tell you what route works best for me; I’ve had moderate success with Amazon’s ‘put up your book for free’ deals but that’s about it. And when I say moderate, I mean I’ve pushed some books, but got sweet FA in return – no reviews, no nothing.
Seriously, if you want good advice on how to promote your book, check out Pauline M Ross’ blog. Specifically this post, which has some good general advice.
Now I’m off, I have editing duties.
ETA: Oops, forgot to tag Jay Dee’s original post!
I suppose someone had to bring up the subject sometime. Political correctness. Always a touchy subject. For the record, the actual question is: Does political correctness have a place in your writing?
I’m going to give this a cautious no. Cautious, because I don’t go out of my way to insult people or groups of people. I just don’t actively try to avoid it either. Continue reading
Ooh, quite an exciting question this week! Well, it was back then…
What was it like when you published your first story?
This is way back in the misty depths of 2013. I’d pitched my book at the grand total of one publishing house and got a resounding ‘no’ (after chasing them), and at that point I decided that I simply didn’t have the patience to do that another god knows how many times. Forever, probably.
A pretty straightforward, but quite difficult question this week: What kind of scenes do you find most difficult to write?
The thing is, I’m not sure I have an answer to this. What I find difficult to write depends on how inspired I am (or not), not what it is that I’m working on. I can’t say that I have trouble with dialogue or fights or sex or travel descriptions in particular – sometimes they write themselves and sometimes it takes blood, sweat and tears to get them out on paper.