I got nominated on the College Writer Tag!
1. Before anything else, thank the totally cool person who nominated you for this tag, because they
obviously think you’re awesome. (Why thank you, Julia.)
2. Answer the five questions.
3. Nominate four other college writers.
Every few months or so, I start running low on blog post ideas. In order to remedy this problem, I do a fun thing called "Googling." I usually Google "blog post ideas" and then troll a bunch of websites with posts on the subject until I find some ideas I can turn into posts and throw at you.
While I'm searching, I usually come across some sort of automatic generator. Specifically, this one. And even though I know it will be probably completely useless, I press the button, a lot. This generator basically spews a couple of random terms and puts them together every time you press the button. I have actually gotten ideas from this, but usually after a lot of pressing and laughter.
So today, for the sake of amusingness, I thought I'd give the generator a few gos and see what it brings up. If any of you would like to tackle the blog ideas the generator raises, be my guest. While I'm at it, I think I'll also try a plot generator and see what story it thinks i should write.
Today I thought I'd talk a bit about taking criticism, since that's not only a huge thing in art-related fields such as novel-writing, but in life as a whole. I've written a post before about rejection, so this is a natural follow-up.
Here's the thing: I have really bad self-esteem. In basis, due to various acts by various people and to my own nature, I've gone through all kinds of unhappy mental problems mostly centering around low self-confidence. I've been going to counseling for not quite a year now trying to work through all my issues. So in real life, I'm not so great about taking criticism, and I'm also a really jealous-type person.
(To be fair, there's a difference between criticism and cruelty, and unfortunately, more often than not, I've received cruelty. But it affects the way I react to genuine criticism, too.)
Basically, in day to day life, I tend to internalize criticism in an unhealthy way, or to get kind of petty (and jealous). It's an ongoing problem, but I'm working on it.
When it comes to talking about my writing, however, I'm actually pretty good at taking critique. That seems illogical, right? Writing is my greatest passion and the most important thing in the world to me. You'd think it'd be the most sensitive topic: but see, that's actually why I'm better at taking critique there. To be fair, I wasn't prepared the first time I got critique, which is how I ended up deleting the first novel I ever wrote, but after that, I knew what I was going up against. As soon as I started sending out to people, I was prepared.
With all the recent book movies, I thought this might be a good topic to address. Ender's Game is coming out at the beginning of November, Catching Fire later on (eep!), movies are being made out of Divergent, The Fault in Our Stars, etc, etc... So let's talk about it!
One of the big issues oft discussed in the literature world is these book-movie adaptations. We really like to complain about them. And sometimes, book movies do give readers legitimate reason to complain, simply because they just stink. The problem is that a lot of readers seem to evaluate the worth of a book movie based entirely on its accuracy to the book's plot, characterization, and even details. I know people who refuse to go to book movies simply because they are never satisfied with them. And that makes me really sad.
Movies aren't books, that's the thing. Movies are their own story.
When you do a book-movie adaptation, the director/producer/writers and even actors are all focusing on creating a story in a much different media form than what a book on paper is. This necessitates change. Change that will reflect what characters are thinking or feeling in a visible/audible way. Change that cuts out lots of detailing and exposition that would only bog down a medium that is all about forward motion. Change that strengthens a central point/symbolism/etc that the director/writers/producer want to stress. Change is inevitable, and every reader, I think, knows this at heart. However, when they go to this movie for something that's so dear to them, it becomes hard to think clearly about the actual movie story.
But movies aren't just for the readers, movies are for people who can't or don't read. They need a story that's set up for them too.
Today I thought I'd write a short post on how readers play into my editing process. Kind of a history of how other people have helped me edit my work. I defined some of the terms for this earlier, in my definition post, so hopefully it'll be easy to keep up.
Authors write for themselves. That is an immortal eternal truth. If we didn't, it'd get really annoying very quickly. We write because we love it, because we need it. We live in a world where writing is our purpose, our escape, and our way of seeing the world. However, most authors want to create something bigger with their work. They want to turn this writing that they so love into something that will have a greater purpose in the world.
That's where readers come in.
I had so much fun with the original post on Google Asks and I Answer that I decided to turn it into a two-parter. Let's try some new beginnings, shall we?
What writers play poker with castle?
The ones that buffalo potato elephants. I highly suspect this has something to do with a TV show I don't watch.
What do writers read/are writers reading?
Books. All kinds of books. Books in every genre, especially their genre of choice, books that are good, books that are okay, books that are terrible, booky bookitedy books. Also, articles and magazines and comics and Twitter and blogs and cereal boxes and every possible thing in the world. That is what writers read.
What writers influenced Charles Dickens?
Huh. Let's ask him. Or actually, since he's dead, I'll Google it... Apparently the answer is Henry Fielding, Daniel Defoe, and Oliver Goldsmith, whoever they are.
Before we get to the fun, a bit of business.
Lately on my social media sites, you may have noticed some fund requests. See, in June 2014, the Chapter One Young Writers Conference will occur. This conference is run by my best writing friends and myself. I am meant to be a speaker this upcoming year but I do not have the funds to travel to the conference. Thus, I am trying to raise money. If you can, please donate! And if you'd like to attend, please like the Ch1Con Facebook page to keep up with the developments! *Fundraising now closed*
Moving on. Google is a friend to many people in the world. Not only is it a fantastic and popular search engine, but it also has a number of other useful things for people, like a translator and a map device and a way to keep up with how much blog traffic you're getting, and YouTube, and also G-Mail. I doubt there's a person in the first world who doesn't know Google.
Google too, knows you, and the stuff that you like to search. As such, I am going to use the Google autocomplete, which finishes your search term based off of both your previous searches and popular searches worldwide, to do this post. I'm sure Google is scared of me, to be honest, if it's been keeping up with my stuff, because writers research the strangest things. I wrote a post about that once. Anyway, Google is going to ask me questions about writing, based off of things that real people ask, and I am going to try and answer. This should be superb.
Here it is again, the old friend, the humor post. Thanks for reading, and please enjoy! Also, come back next time for a post in which Google asks some very important questions about writing and writers, and I answer them.
Oh, and, for your information, the Ninth Doctor won the costume poll! So stay tuned around Halloween to see me as the Ninth Doctor. Thanks, guys!
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