The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Damien and Catherine,
I have a few questions that I would love to hear discussed on the podcast. I have been writing a novel and the characters seem to have a mind of their own, and are making things happen sooner than they should. How does a writer control the characters? How should I slow down the way things are happening? I just started this novel, and am only on page eight. I have several writer friends who have this very same problem, and listen to your podcast, so I would love if this was discussed on an episode. I always enjoy hearing your podcast and love getting tips from it every single week.
Thanks Courtney. If anyone has a question about writing, reading or the podcast, please email me: firstname.lastname@example.org
Book Cover Discussion.
As Catharine decides on her book cover, we talk about what is involved.
Catharine: I have said this before, but it bears repeating only because I’m the biggest offender and tend to ignore my own advice.
Eternal Press artist Dawne Dominique struggled to create a cover from my design ideas. I sent the design she created according to my specifications to a few of the Beta Readers who were less than enthusiastic, at least far less enthusiastic that I was about my own ideas.
This is based on my ideas.
I had three chances to chose a cover. The first two looked like this. But my Beta readers said no. So I sent in some suggestions that apparently were excellent because it gave Dawne the opportunity to head in the opposite direction. She took matters into her own hands and created a completely different cover which is completely excellent.
- My Beta Readers were right
- The Graphic Artist was right
Authors should stick to writing. At least I should. This is what professional help can do for a book cover. :
Also, what did Damien discover at the writing festival?
Discuss the NaNo Process. What does “winning” NaNo Mean?
Winning NaNoWriMo is no easy feat: more than 300,000 people signed up for NaNo, but just 41,940 writers had the creative chutzpah, derring-do, and outright stamina to cross the finish line.
Word of the Week:
noun: Excess or redundancy.
From Latin nimius (too much). Ultimately from the Indo-European root ne (not), which also gave us nil, null, not, never, nothing, nihilism, annihilate, and naughty. Earliest documented use: 1542.
Now is the season to focus on the holidays. Do you have a favorite ritual? Can you write a story around it? How about an object that delivers an avalanche of memories and ideas? Write about that. The point, during this busy time, is to write something.
One thing I like about China is they execute people regularly.