What is your advice for an aspiring creative writer?
From one writer to the next, what aspects make a writer truly unforgettable?
a sense of humor in his writing or breaking the third wall.
Make sure you learn everything you possibly can about the industry before you submit any of your work to anyone. On any of your work you post anywhere always include a copyright disclaimer at the end of each work such as: 2009-2010 © Brett Foster. All Rights Reserved.
*First of all, the LAW grants you copyright protection automatically upon the creation of your work. Your work does not have to be completed in order for it to be protected! You own the copyright for your work as soon as you create it.
*The use of Copyright Notice is your responsibility and does not require advance permission from, or registration with, the Copyright Office.
* When creating anything in this realm that is yours, and yours alone, you should always take additional precautions to establish a copyright for your work just in case you ever have to prove ownership of your work. All original creative work should be copyrighted as soon as it is recorded in some tangible way.
That is what you need to know the moment you decide to write anything if you hope to one day publish it.
My advice to you is simply to write. Write some more, and write some more. Seems simple but it takes years to learn your voice and can be trying if you take yourself to seriously.
Enjoy it. Learn from it. Be vulnerable about it. Speak though it. You'll discover who you are when you see who you aren't in your writing.
I too am an amatuer writer and author wannbe, but the greatest advice I heard from a friend who has a couple books out. He told me "Write your story from your heart, not with your mind." This means, for every story you write, forget about the rules of writing. (Grammar, spelling ect.) There will be time to clean it all up later, besides that is what proof readers are there for. LOL
You may want to write a biography of your characters, what they are like, what turns them on or off. When and where were they born, where did they die? family members, and relatives. You want to get to know your characters cause they have to be as real as you know other people.
Your stories should come from within, not forced out, not to be over theorized about if this or that is possible. Always trust your imagination for your stories.
With a couple of my stories, I actually play them in my mind as if they were a movie. Writing down as fast as I can what the action of the "movie" is, and the dialogue. When you take a bath or shower, use that time to play your "movie" (besides nothing else you have to worry about distracting you in there.)
And above all, bring real emotions in your story. If it makes you laugh, it will make others laugh. If it makes you cry, others will cry. Unless your a vulcan, then can't help you there.
Oh and have fun with your story....
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