Sunday, June 23, 2013

Best writing links of the last week 6/22

You know the drill but just encase there are any new comer's this is a list of the best writing links I've read in the past week. Many might have been published before the last week but I only read them recently.

25 Ways to Unstick a Stuck Story :

Native American's in YA Fiction :

When We Talk About "girl problems" :

Why Hasn’t the Number of Multicultural Books Increased In Eighteen Years? :

On The Subject Of Diversifying Your Bookshelves (A follow up to last weeks links from Chuck) :

3 Reasons Why Thinking Like an Actor Will Help Your Writing :

5 Ways To Shorten Your Short Stories :

All Literature is Fan Fiction... :

7 Ways Authors Waste Time "Building Platform" on Social Media :

Have a link you think I might be interested in share it in? Fell free to share it in the comments down below. Also feel free to contact me on twitter: @vyctorian

Monday, June 17, 2013

Best writing links of June ( Thus Far )

... and some from months that aren't June. Sorry for being gone for so long, but I'm back in action for now, this time with a a bunch of useful writing tips and advice for all my fellow writer's out there.  This is a long one, it also has some odd formatting gaps and I apologize for those.

Fueling Conflict In Fiction :

25 things every writers should know :

John Green's rant on people thinking he doesn't need publisher and book stores :

8 Things Every Blogging Writer Should Know :

 Tips for writing a deaf/hearing impaired character :

The #1 tip for writing success :

 List of common misconceptions via Wikipedia :

Why men should speak out about sexism, misogyny and rape culture :

25 Things You Should Know About Young Adult Fiction :

5 Easy Ways to Publicize and Promote Your Book :
10 Things Your Opening Chapter Should Do :

5 Strategies To Make Your Short Story Stand Out In A Crowd :

Royalty-only anthologies and writer exploitation :

Trend Watch 2013 (Young adult) :

12 Most Get-Serious Questions for Writers :

A Short List of Great Resources for Racial Diversity in Sci-Fi :

 Use Character Quirks to Grab Readers' Attention :

 Ten Things [Chuck Wendig] Learned At BEA 2013 :

Have a link you think I might be interested in share it in? Fell free to share it in the comments down below. Also feel free to contact me on twitter: @vyctorian

Sunday, June 16, 2013

We need more diverse literature, Now!

Chuck Wendig wrote earlier this week on sexism, misogyny and why men who are in a position of privilege  should stand against it. As a transwomen with some feminists beliefs, I support the kind of thinking in these articles. You should go read them, all three articles of it.

What I've seen less people talking about is the lack of racial and cultural diversity in literature, both in characters and in authors and I'm lost as to why this idea that protagonist must be white or mostly white in order to sell enough to survive, so lost I think that idea a work of fiction. (Though I'm not going to pretend racism is dead either, it is very alive and needs to be fought, and challenged hence this article.)

I was raised almost entirely in a generation filled foreign heroes names like Goku, Naruto, Ramma. "But those are imports and  manga and anime!" You might say and to that I have to say, "You're missing the point."

The point is I think that's proof enough that there are millions of people of all races willing to invest time in protagonists of different races and cultures and if you want a more literary example Memoirs of a Geisha was a best seller for ages.

I have never had an issue picking up a story with a protagonist of a different race nor from a different culture, I've rarely meet anyone whose said or shown that they have an issue with it, at least not of my generation. The generation who buys these Japanese comics by the truck load, and often drop 100's of dollars on the DVD box sets of these series in the animated format, and who often translate Japanese language novels online because nobody will import them, and now many of them have branched off into looking for Korean fiction, and Chinese fiction. I can't help but think it wouldn't be any different if the protagonist where Native American or a person of color or another ethnicity.

So why on earth aren't more people writing it? Or if they are, Why the fuck isn't it being published and marketed!? There is an audience here of all races that wants and has shown they are willing to pay for works with non-white protagonists and yet literary fiction is a wash with mostly white characters and white washes characters on covers and often hides their non-whiteness, as if our entire population will treat the existence of a non-white main character as an act of witchcraft.

There is almost no real diversity in the media outside of imports, more often than not when a racially diverse character pops up they're stereotyped in some way, angry black women, Asian martial artist and almost never as a main character. It is changing but it is slow, more authors, agents and publishers need to work on the release and promotion of diverse works and works by non-white authors. And more people in general need to stand up and speak up that yes, you are willing to read a book where the protagonist is not white or American.

I'm not just saying this because I write and enjoy diverse literature myself, but because it needs to happen, having Katniss Everdeen's is not enough. We need more Katniss's and Korra's. The battle for more females protagonists in fiction is a good one but not one that's finished or that we've won, but we need more capable female and male protagonists of all races, not just white American ones.

In 10 years around half of the American middle grade audience will be non-whites, this next generation coming up will be the for second time in this nations history there are going to be more non-whites than whites. There needs to be fiction ready for this new generation that shows the different races and cultures as equals, and allows people of all races to experience other races and cultures.

They shouldn't have to explore the back end of the comic book shop, like I had too. It should be all around them.

   Anything you'd like to contribute, got a good resource or book that involves this topic or you'd like to add to this? Feel free to comment down below.                 

Monday, May 20, 2013

Best Of The Week for 5/20

A list of what I feel are the best writing articles or advice I've had the pleasure to read over the last week. They may not always have been written in the past week, but the past week is when I read them.

This weeks best of the week contains a lot of links about the lack of (racial) diversity in YA, I was doing a lot of research toward that myself.

Here is an entire tumblr devoted to diversity in literature, mostly YA

YA books need to reflect our diverse society:

Where are all the black boys?:

When Books Are Really Good, Despite Being Written For Teen:

Twitter Hashtags for Writers:

Salt Circle -Interview with Chuck Wendig :

Sunday, May 12, 2013

Best Writing Articles for the Week of 5/12/2013

A list of what I feel are the best writing articles or advice I've had the pleasure to read over the last week. They may not always have been written in the past week, but the past week is when I read them. A whole lot of social media talk this week.

* How to sell loads of books -,%20150526.0.html

* How To Maximize Your Word Count And Write More Every Day -

* Gangs of New Media: Twitchforks, the Hive Mind, and “Social Lasers of Cruelty” -

* Roundtable on News and Social Media -

* Social Media for Writers: A Kool-Aid Drinking Cult? -

This one isn't writing related per se but I know some writers deal with depression and this blog/comic hits the point well in my mind while also making me laugh:

* Hyperbole and a Half -

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Four tips for overcoming doubt from an OCD sufferer

Writer's seem to have a lot of self-doubt, even award winning New York Times best sellers experience it; that crippling feeling that often manifests as writer's block. I've had bouts of writers self doubt myself (Some bouts were so bad my mental state looked worse than Rocky after 15 rounds against Apollo Creed) but I'm uniquely adjusted to doubt, when I was a pre-teen I was diagnosed with OCD often called the "Disease of doubt", and have been living with it my entire adult life. I'm not going to go too deep into details about my OCD but if you are curious about the disorder Wikipedia's article on the matter is a good starting point:–compulsive_disorder

Living with OCD isn't fun, and I wouldn't choose it but it has forced me to develop certain skills, and dealing with self-doubt is a survival skill when you have OCD. So here are my four tips for dealing with self-doubt, that started as anti-OCD tricks and become writer's tricks. 

1.) Have an inspiration collection.

An inspiration collection is a collection of movie clips, quotes, web-pages, songs, and other stuff to go to that inspire you and motivate you personally, not stuff that simply inspired you to write what you are working on now but stuff that moves you as a person. Doubt in your writing ability is doubt in yourself, and you need to find the things that resonate in your core and get your engine roaring again.

I have quotes from famous philosophers to anime characters, and songs from across multiple music genres. Draw inspiration from whatever has meaning to you at the core of your being and return to it when you are in doubt.

One of my personal favorites is this Tv Tropes page: (Real life - Artists, Entrepreneurs and Scientists)

2.) Take a nap.

This may not always be possible but I've found a quick one-two hour nap can wipe away self-doubt better than a full night's rest.

3.) Push forward, regardless.

Sometimes the doubt is so crippling it makes it hard to even think about what to write, writer's block hits you hard. Sometimes the block is huge, getting over it seems impossible and ones inability to get over it throws them further into self-doubt. Sometimes the only way past writer's block and to go straight through it, push for more words however small, work that block away until there is nothing left but shavings. This goes for any profession or problem that's too big to simply hurdle over.

This is the one I have to use the most dealing with OCD myself,  sometimes you can't stop you just have to keep moving forward no matter what. There may be a massive block in your way,  looming over you. Your mind is racing and the anxiety won't stop but you just need to grit your teeth, plant your feet into the ground and start (metaphorically) beating on the block, bare-fisted if you have to.

4.) Talk to someone/vent.

Sometimes getting it off your chest to someone willing to just listen is very relieving, or just saying it aloud. Get that doubt out of just your head it's only going to bounce around and build momentum up there.

Seriously before writing this I tweeted out how I thought I wasn't going to write an article this week due to me having trouble sleeping and being tired,  but here I am a few hours later writing an article on overcoming self-doubt and finding inner determination.

Those are my four tips for over-coming self-doubt, I'm sure there are others without OCD who have learned these skills as well but I thought I'd share. So how do you overcome doubt?

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Awakened Inspiralation Best of the Week

A list of what I feel are the best writing articles or advice I've had the pleasure to read over the last week. They may not always have been written in the past week, but the past week is when I read them. I apologize if the links are poorly formatted I haven't gotten a chance to play around with blogger yet.

 * The 3 Types of Character Arc – Change, Growth and Fall:

 * How To Write Fiction Without The Fuss: how to write a scene :

 * On The Subject Of The “Strong Female Character” :

 * 5 Tips that Doubled My Productivity Last Year :

 * YA Lit Really Screws Over Parents :

 * Writing Excuses 8.17: Microcasting (This is actually a podcast, but I'm a huge fan of it.)