Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Winning awards for your writing

There isn't much anyone can do to ensure winning awards, but there is one thing one MUST do to be able to give oneself the chance, and that is to produce work eligible for the awards.

I suggest you start by finding out what is eligible work to win the prize you wish to win

Find out previous winners and study their work.

Read the production and write something, every day, in their style. I suggest you choose to focus on one writer every month, and read every day a portion of their work, and write something in their style. In the beginning it can be straight copying what they have written, but be sure to mark it clearly that you - or someone else in the future - will mistake that for your own creation. Copying is a great way of learning. It's not a good way of producing original work, but it's a great way of learning to produce original work.

If it is a screen script, try to find the original script and read it.
Watch movies based on these scripts. Study the art of script writing by comparing a script to the filmatization.
Read books about how to write a script, to learn the craft.
Practice by writing a script by a movie and comparing that to the original script.

I would say winning a fan fiction award is the easiest, as there are dozens of those, and the pool is smallest and also the requirements easiest.
Nevertheless, you need to find the award you wish to win, and start producing fan fiction. Loads of it. Preferably on several fan fiction sites. Get yourself name writing fan fiction.

Also, remember one thing. Both E.L.James and Cassandra Clare both got their "fan fiction" published. Erica Mitchell (E.L.James) also broke a world record with her book and became a millionaire, which would be very nice for you, if you could repeat the deed... ;-)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Writing

There's already tons of information on writing on-line. Just google the type of writing you wish to do, and you'll get hundreds of results.

There really is only two pieces of advice on writing, worth anything.
1. Read, read, read
2. Write, write, write

Everything else is commentary. Now, go and write.

* When it comes to writing a book, a comic book, a book series, anything you want to write - I want you to break this goal down into measurable things that can be achieved in a day. For example, you decide to write a book/play/script in a month.
Do it like NaNoWriMo. Count how many words/chapters/pages every piece of work consists of, and divide the number with 4 for weeks or 30 for days. Then set the goal to finish one part of the 30.

* Writing for a magazine or newspaper.
- Decide which magazine/newspaper you wish to write for
- Find out how people can submit their writing for that specific magazine/newspaper. Some choose their writers, and you cannot submit your work. Remove those from your list. You can write for those when you have got more fame as an author.
- Find out the requirements, subjects, etc.
Read that excellent article about how to write for a magazine and do it! No money or friends necessary!