Hello. My name is Amy McCorkle and I'm a proud Muse author. And while I talked about maximizing your online presence last time today I'm going going to be talking about something different. The Journey to Finding Your Own Voice.
Everyone is brought up to believe the writing the Great American Novel is their only avenue. It is almost as legendary as the myth that all writers live in New York. Which makes finding your niche as a writer more difficult than sometimes people are willing to admit.
The Great American Novel is something grand indeed. But it is not the ONLY thing. There are screenplays, teleplays, stage plays and then there are the short form versions of these art forms. The problem is, how do you figure out if you are more gifted in one area than the other?
Well, the first thing you must do is ask yourself is this, do you think in quick bursts of manic energy, if so the short form might be for you. But everyone's journey is their own let me describe mine.
I've been writing since I was five years old. I've won awards, been paid, and gotten contracts. Sounds glamorous, huh? Wrong. A journey has fits and starts, highs and lows, and sometimes a lot of personal change accompanies that success that you don't count on so you best be studying your craft.
The first thing I tried my hand at professionally was freelance journalism. It was a hideous experience. But what I learned was that is just because something pays well that doesn't mean you were meant to do it.
I tried poetry. It was a better fit. But I wrote dark stuff. Not the kind of stuff the people I was submitting to were looking for.
So I started on the great American novel. I knew nothing of query letters, outlines, synopses, or the like. I hadn't been to college of a writers conference because I had no money to speak of to tell me what those things were and the internet wasn't yet what it is today. And I hadn't heard of Lea Schizas.
Then magic I wrote Another Way To Die and was pointed towards DigiCon by an author friend and Muse ultimately accepted it. They also accepted two other stories No Ordinary Love and Ain't No Other Man. But in Another Way To Die I was struggling in the long form follow ups. My editor commented I seemed more comfortable in the short form than I was the long form. And suddenly everything shifted and made sense.
So my journey took me thirty-one years. So here is what helped me along in my journey:
1) Get your education. Whether it's traditional or otherwise this of utmost importance.
2) Do your market research. (After you have a finished product)
3) Practice your craft, try different sizes on.
4) Find yourself a mentor and a first reader. You'll know who they are when you get them.
Thank you for your time. Please leave comments and questions. I will be checking in throughout the day.