Redheaded Neanderlady

Redheaded Neanderlady
This is a photoshopped version of something I found in National Geographic about the time I started researching

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Real writing, some good advice

Cute Writing(don't ask me why the title), is a writer's blog. And it's a good one. Today, it has some really good advice to writers. It's good, because of the questions she asks of potential writers:

For example: Why are you writing?

How do you picture yourself once you've published your first novel? Are you still picturing yourself writing?

What kind of writing are you doing, and why?

What kind of audience are you looking for?

Finally, she reiterates something I've heard over and over from other writers: Don't try to write like the latest bestselling author! It just won't work, and if you do, you have less chance of selling your work, than if you follow your own writing passion.

I don't feel very confident about my own chances of selling my Great Medieval Science Fiction Masterpiece With Neandertals, but OTOH, I feel it's important enough for a variety of reasons I won't go into here, to keep on writing it, and hoping I can interest somebody, somewhere, in it, enough so that it can be published! That's really all any writer can hope for.
Anne G


terryt said...

This is only marginally relevant to this post but have you seen this at Dienekes?

It fits exactly what I wrote in the "Evolution" essay (in the last section of it, 'The Human Influence') I suggest the conclusions are also relevant when we study human evolution but I'd be interested in your comments. By the way, how are you going with the essay? Tim has put another one of mine up ("Conception") but I'll probably send "Evolution" soon.

Anne Gilbert said...


Drat! I keep forgetting about that essay! Or where to send comments when I get through reading it! I will read the Dienekes essay though, and take a look and maybe tell you what I think.
Anne G

terryt said...

That's alright. As a friend used to say, "I can relate to that".