Be Clueless, Write Awesome.Why finish anything when you might not be good enough yet?
There are myriad ways to avoid completing a project, and one of them is to become the eternal student. Always learning, always improving, so that future hypothetical story keeps getting better and better... While somehow never making its way into reality.
But on the other hand, it might help to know a bit about swimming before jumping overboard. So where do you draw the line? What do you absolutely need to know before getting your feet wet with a story?
I can't speak for anyone else. But when I started Dreamkeepers, I didn't know jack about story.
I didn't know about inciting events, verisimilitude, thematic armature, pinch points, none of it.
Quite simply, I did not know what the hell I was doing. Which makes for an interesting question about my first books.
Why don't they suck?
Professional reviewers have said "the writing was absolutely golden," that they were "completely blown awa
Character Secrets: Hooks, Gaps, and Caring Here's the last tip I mentioned in "Be Clueless, Write Awesome:"
If the reader doesn't care about the characters, he won't care what happens to them. End of story.
It doesn't matter how many brilliant twists unfold in your masterpiece- all just more stuff nobody will read. Unless your characters make an impression- fast. Which begs the question.
A few incredibly simple tools have worked wonders for me.
But first, one important distinction.
I've seen this advice over and over- that readers must 'like' the protagonist, that having a relatable lead character is mandatory.
Readers do not have to like your character. They don't even have to relate to your character.
They only have to do one thing: Care. Be interested. Burn to see what happens next.
You could write about a kindly old man walking his puppy to the grocer, and he could be the most likeable, relatable codger imaginable- but if he's bor
Copic Markers and Pony colorsI get a LOT of questions regarding what colors I use where when it comes to the ponies, and I keep saying I'm gonna make a little guide. Well, let's give it a shot.
For the majority of my covers, I use Copic markers to color. Copics are light-fast, alcohol markers... not unlike a classic school marker, but higher quality. I prefer Copic over other brands primarily for a few reasons: Variable tips (markers, fine, brush, etc), better blending, and they can be refilled! This is the BIG selling point to me... this means you can buy the marker once, and continue to refill. It also means you can custom blend colors should you desire. Copics also guarantee that if you buy Y00 yellow, and then buy another down the line, the colors will match. I've bought the same marker color from other brands and had them not match. I will use other brands here and there for very specific colors or effects, but Copic is 99% of my marker work.
So... when I do a cover or whatever, I do basic ink lines first wit
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