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Writer's block? No problem! Here's the formula for writing a novel:

■ think of a message
■ think of an ideal situation or problem for conveying that message
■ determine the best time period and setting for that problem
■ create the most interesting characters to address that problem
■ write the book

Why does message come first? Because every book says something whether the author intends it to or not, and if you the writer don't consciously choose the message, then the message most often conveyed is this book is dumb.

Among other things, these books say this:

Jane Eyre: you can overcome your past and find happiness
Les Misérables: poverty turns good people into criminals
Animal Farm: power results in corruption and oppression
1984: totalitarianism is closer than you think
Anna Karenina: selfishness leads to ruin
The Great Gatsby: you can't buy love

So what does your book say? If it says nothing of significance, that's probably why you're blocked. Creating a message for your book might help overcome your writer's block. (੭*ˊᵕˋ)੭* ̀ˋ
akje: (Background)
According to The Wall Street Journal, more than 1,500 new books are published every single day. </weep> At that rate, no one's ever going to read mine. (ノД`゚)゚。

ಠ_ಠ

Sep. 21st, 2017 02:50 pm
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I don't understand this: there are about a billion indie writers out there now, and yet when I want to read a good book, I have to write it my damn self. ˓(ᑊᘩᑊ⋆)

(#ᴖ.ლ)

Jul. 16th, 2017 03:33 pm
akje: (Background)
Is it just me, or does it seem rather crass when authors "like" the reviews of their own books on Goodreads and elsewhere?

I mean, technically... )
akje: (Background)
A lot of writers complain about the lack of visibility on Amazon, but it seems to me there's an easy solution for many of them since they write short stories. Either the latest issue of the KDP newsletter, or maybe it was Amazon Author Insights, said the best way to gain visibility is with more books. So I'm thinking those who write short stories could post their individual fics on Amazon for 99¢ (clearly marked as short stories since so many writers are selling whole novels for that price), then offer the complete collection for $2.99 or whatever. They probably won't sell any of those individual stories, but just having them there on the writer's book page should make the writer more visible, eh? And it'll make the complete collection look like more of a bargain. They could even group some stories into separate volumes based on themes, like all the romantic fics in one collection, all the fantasy in another, etc. I wonder if this would work? I seriously need to write more short stories. _〆(..)
akje: (Background)
Only 32 more days until WriteOn folds. (╥︣﹏᷅╥) (╯︵╰,)

Way bad for me... )
akje: (Background)
Omg here it is!!   Finally.   ٩(˘◡˘)۶

That hidden gem you were promised. Sorry you had to wade through a thousand mediocre books to get to this one, but at least you've finally found it. Good for you for not giving up the search early! So many other readers quit long before now.

So good for you! )
akje: (Background)
I want to sit at an outdoor cafe, one of those lacy metal tables, and wear a beret and a miniskirt, and maybe my burgundy sweater that matches the beret, and oooooh! A pair of those kinda loose-fitting, over-the-knee boots—the kind that aren't really leather but that really soft stuff...what is that? Well anyway, I can picture that material, and a lot of boots these days are made of it. Then I'd sit at that table in my beret, surrounded by a bunch of smart people who are drinking expensive foreign coffees and talking about Nietzsche and Emily Dickinson, and I'd be the stupid one but I'd feel my brain expanding just by sitting there with them. (ღ˘ᴗ˘ღ)

Only this is real life and I don't own a beret, and I can't afford to eat in outdoor cafes, and I don't have any friends, especially not smart ones. (-‸ლ)
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I want to find a writing community where the emphasis is solely on literary fiction. I mean, even if no one there succeeds in writing it, we should at least be trying to. Every comm I've ever joined has focused on brain candy since that's what sells. Yet everyone there claims it's not the money that's important, it's writing what you like. So just where do you go to find people who like modern classics and want to write like that? (っ ºДº)っ

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Akje Majdanek

About Me

Like everyone else on the planet, I'm a self-published writer. My latest project is the fictional biography of four-year-old Dorothy / Dorcas Good, who was traumatized by accusations of witchcraft during the Salem witch trials.

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