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Posted by: SusanJMorris on Nov 15, 2010 at 08:57:13 PM
Hero Archetype: The Savior
When you need help picking out new shoes, or with your left hook in kickboxing, or with figuring out what your opinion about the new health bill should be, the whole world wants to help. But when you need help the most–when you’re being attacked, robbed, or victim to another agented crime–no one wants to help. In the world’s eyes, the problem is that you have a problem–you are disrupting the field of white picket fences–and you will be held to blame. Like with consumption, it’s a problem of containment. Contain the victim, and your world is most likely to go back to normal the fastest.
That’s when the savior steps in. Saviors help when no one else...
Posted by: SusanJMorris on Apr 19, 2010 at 04:11:40 PM
A good fight scene is difficult to write. For those of you struggling with this hallmark of the fantasy tradition (and Forgotten Realms novels in particular), I’ve sorted fight scene writers into three basic types, explored their symptoms, come up with diagnoses, and written up some advice that should help you cure your sword-swinging blues in no time.
Type: The Passivist
The Symptoms: Fight scenes scare you. There are so many people involved, and so many weapons, and you don’t know how to keep track of everyone, or what everyone is doing, and there’s so much pressure to make your fight scenes awesome but yours won’t be awesome, and in some books, the last battle takes up multiple chapters, and in some trilogies, the last battle takes up a whole book, and you are really the least...
Posted by: SusanJMorris on Apr 5, 2010 at 03:35:04 PM
Pitching a book to a publisher is a lot like online dating. You’re putting yourself out there with no real idea as to how you are being received. The readers on the other side—and they are Legion—hold the power to reject you before they even read so much as the first line of your (cover letter / profile). Or worse, they could read all of it—aloud, to their co-workers, who are helpless on the floor with gales of laughter. They have the luxury of being heartlessly judgmental of you, and you have not one word with which you can defend yourself, because you do not even know you are being attacked.
But how are you going to make them understand how awesome you are with just one sentence? How can you defend yourself from all possible attacks before they happen? And, most importantly, how...
Posted by: SusanJMorris on Mar 15, 2010 at 04:57:38 PM
Writing is not subjective. Sure, taste is subjective—I might personally like fantasy and abhor slapstick comedy—but a good reader can tell if a book is well written even if it is not to their taste.
The idea of judging nonprofessional writing based on merit is a controversial subject—especially in creative writing classes, where you would think there would be a fair amount of judging. But these classes, which one would think would be meant to prepare a student for the publishing world, are easy As. This lack of judgment is surely comforting to the students. But an A for effort does not help them to become better writers, does not give them an accurate picture of the publishing world, and, worst of all, leads to this incredibly infuriating perception that there is no such thing as...
Posted by: SusanJMorris on Dec 21, 2009 at 11:33:21 AM
Sometimes the holidays give us a bit of extra cheer in the form of a Google Alert on a book we've written. I can't even express how happy the story [copied and linked below] makes me. Families like this are exactly the reason I wrote A Practical Guide to Faeries. It is so encouraging. It really makes me feel as though I am connecting with people through my writing--something I've always aspired to do. Thanks, Sherrie!
From a post entitled "Believe" on solvangsherrie.blogspot.com/2009/12/beli...:
My daughter asked if I believe in faeries. Because she's pretty sure she is one. She just hasn't figured out the flying part yet.