Like most people, I see a lot of movies. In fact, I probably see more movies than read books. Oftentimes, especially lately, it seems like all Hollywood does is make books (and comics and literally every other type of media) into movies. I have seen my fair share of “based on” movies. Some are literally the best adaptations I’ve ever seen. Others are simply terrible. Why is that? I have a few theories that I’ll share here and a suggestion to help you get through the terrible ones.
When I grow up, I want to be a *insert chosen career here*.
From age four until we die, we get asked that question. What do you want to do? What do you want to be? What are you good at? How can you make that a career? Don’t you just want to work a regular job and then do what you want when you retire? It’s a question none of us is ever going to escape. Even the ones who know, from day one, what they want to do.
Looking around for ideas for this week’s blog post, I came across one that said, write a “what’s new” post about your writing. I sat there, laughed derisively to myself, and said, “nothing.” Because that is what’s new with my writing. Honestly, I haven’t really written anything since NaNoWriMo. That was… eight months ago. Yes, I have been working on editing some things in that time, but I don’t feel as if I’ve made much of a difference on anything.
An interesting thought about writers who have all the time in the world to write and those (like me) who do not.
Let’s talk about self-publishing. I’ve done it twice, and each time, I’ve learned a lot. It definitely isn’t something you’ll get completely right your first time out of the box. Self-publishing is a constant learning process, and it’s certainly not all roses and puppies. I’m here to share with you some of the most difficult parts of self-publishing. But don’t worry; it gets better ;)
The way you’ve always done things is sort of innate at this point. There are certain ways you do things–like the direction you cross your arms or what hand you write with–that are preferences you developed at a young age. Most people go their whole lives without thinking about it or trying to change it. After all, if it’s not broke, don’t fix it, right? Well, sometimes it needs to be broken.
It’s that time of year again. No, not a holiday or summer, though it most definitely is summer here, but the time when I realize how old I am and how much older I’m going to be in a few days. Yes, my birthday is coming up, which means another year gone. Unfortunately, I haven’t done much of what I wanted to do since last year. I didn’t edit a novel or make anything publish-worthy. Instead, I sort of floundered around. The one thing I did accomplish this year was to get my first ~real~ job which could potentially set me on a career path for life if I let it.