My lungs are trying to pitch an insurrection about having to work all the time, so I’m a wee bit distracted these last few months. Right now we’re having fun with medication… by the way, were you aware when you can’t breathe well, it’s really hard to be creative? Stay healthier than me!
So I give you some links I haven’t posted since 2016, because some of you will see these for the first time – and some of you will have seen these before, but with a few years more of writing under your belt, you’re likely to find a whole different set of meaning and advice than the first time. Good advice is multilayered like that!
First off, J K Rowling talks about failure – artistically, employment-wise, and in life. Because trying to succeed in the creative arts is going to involve failure, and adversity.
Second, Neil Gaiman on being a successful artist. This speech has been cut down and reprinted under “Make Good Art.” However, the full speech is full of a lot more interesting bits of advice, including valuable business advice and career advice, both when dealing with the problems of failure, and on dealing with the problems of success.
For a legendary rant, Harlan Ellison on paying the writer. It’s NSFW due to profanity, (as Harlan usually is), but it’s referenced a lot by pre-indie writers. Now you’ll know what people are referring to!
And finally, not a video, Kris Rusch explains some scary concepts on what really happens if an agent negotiates a contract – hey indies! This’ll include foreign rights, audio, tv & movie negotiations!
That’s all for this week!