May 04 2009

What I’m reading today

Published by at 9:31 pm under Writing Articles

  • Why Supervillains are Sexy— there’s actually a neurological explanation for this.  [This explains so much– Jacob].
  • Why You Shouldn’t See the New Wolverine Movie— poor action, worse writing.
  • Writing Prompts— Writer’s Digest provides a list of prompts to stimulate your writing processes.
  • The Teen’s Guide to Getting Published. It’s well-written and professional, but poorly-aimed and unfocused.  My book about how to write superhero stories has to be better.

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2 Responses to “What I’m reading today”

  1. Mr. USAon 06 May 2009 at 7:06 pm

    I got that book for my son and he said he preferred my how to guide to publishing from my Writing Class in college. I skimmed it and I agree.

  2. B. Macon 06 May 2009 at 8:45 pm

    Also, I think it’s a little bit too explicit about its target audience. Teens rather than college graduates will comprise the bulk of my audience for a number of reasons*, but I don’t want to put up a wall that says “you have to be in high school or college to read this.”

    *Some of the reasons it will skew overwhelmingly towards high school and college students…

    (1) So far, my online audience has heavily skewed towards that audience.

    (2) I suspect that credentials matter less to younger readers than older readers. That’s important because my credentials are very sparse. And the writing credentials I have will be most respectable to young people– I run a moderately popular website about writing superhero stories, I wrote for two college newspapers, etc.

    (3) The cover will probably be very bright.

    (4) I think that most aspiring superhero writers are 20 and younger. Some authors that write their first superhero story when they’re 30+, but they are very rare. (For example, Austin Grossman got his college degree in 1991, so he was probably in his late 30s when he published Soon I Will Be Invincible).

    (5) It’s hard to accept advice from people that are noticeably younger. One of the issues is that the young are typically less experienced (and often have different kinds of experience).

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