~ The Sunday Conversation #1 ~
via BNStudio on YouTube
~ The Sunday Conversation #1 ~
via BNStudio on YouTube
This has made the rounds to various web places over the years, most notably in an article at The Guardian.
2 Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
3 Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
4 Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
5 Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
6 Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
7 Laugh at your own jokes.
8 The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.
A week and a couple of days late. Why? Because, as an “author’s update” there’s really not much to report, since little of what was detailed from the previous update in April has been progressed upon. However, I’ve committed myself to these monthly updates from a devotional and routine standpoint, so I’m pushing through after taking some time to contemplate a few things in lieu of actual writing news. So I’ll use headers this time and touch on a few things. Here I go.
I’ve often said that writing is one of the most solitary occupations a person can undertake, particularly in terms of writing novels, which has been my goal since I was a 19 year-old hopeful in early 1993. Well, it doesn’t have to be. Sure, there’s the egocentric notion that one’s first published novel should contain only his byline, and there’s no way my 19-20 year-old self would even contemplate doing what I have decided to do this year. . .
Partnering for Help
I’ve written in previous updates about a secret long story/novella project with an author friend (codenamed: Project Eros). That activity is still in play, but has recently changed a bit as we are going to go with a different idea, one larger in scope and duration. The original project was going to involve our pseudonyms, and it’s possible this Plan B project may do the same, it just depends on a couple of things which we are ironing out in this early stage. We’ll have to come up with a codename for it soon. I’m excited about this partnership and am glad I finally realized I needed to make a necessary sacrifice of ego to better accomplish my writing goals. I can’t wait to reveal my writing partner (of course it’s someone who has several completed/published novels in their resume). I want to wait until we’ve made significant progress first. I may even seek out another partner for a different novel project, but we’ll see. More on all this as it develops.
Nostalgia and Staying with Characters
As noted above, I’ve been doing this “serious writing” thing for the better part of two decades and so I have amassed a significant amount of writing work in that time, whether it’s poetry & lyrics, short fiction, attempts at long fiction like novels and serialized fiction, script work, editorials and essays, etc. Some of it published, much of it having never seen the light of day. Recently I’ve gone through my old file folders to rediscover some old works. What I’ve noticed a lot of times in my moments of reflection and review is that I tend to gravitate to a certain creative period of mine from which to draw inspiration. That time period is predominantly 1996 thru 2001. The characters I created during that time, and the stories I created for them, resonate the most with me for some reason. I keep coming back to them, especially the ones which haven’t had their stories completed yet (practically all of them), because I tend to think in a broad, long term sense having grown up obsessed with serials (television and comic books) and novels, fiction forms in which you stay with characters for a good while. These characters have remained a permanent part of me since their inceptions so many years ago, so it’s no surprised that they often tap me and my muse on the shoulder to say “Hey, remember me? We’ve still got my story to tell, you and I.” So even as I creep forward toward new things, my past creations are never too far away. The sad part of this could be that I don’t create as compelling characters and stories as I did in my twenties. Eh, then again, maybe that’s just the nostalgia talking.
Legacy and The Vault (of Unfinished Things)
Been thinking a great deal about legacy lately. And so, in consideration of legacy and my own longevity at this thing called writing, I’m seriously thinking about publishing here on this very site various unfinished (and likely never-to-be-finished) works here as both a bold reminder of what I failed to complete, but also as a representation of actual work produced. Essentially it’s the In Case I Get Hit by a Bus Tomorrow approach I’ve been taking to my creative stuff in recent years. Just getting it all out there, warts and all (well, within reason) so that these things can gain light and live in public while serving as actual artifacts of my having actually existed and done a thing or two with my time here. (Sidenote: I’ve done this with my music in recent years – Google me).
So, it’s very possible that soon there will be a category listing called VAULT in the sidebar menu. After all, the whole purpose of something titled RUCKERPEDIA is for it to be THE source of most things Brandon L. Rucker related, no?
Site reconfiguration points – The Sidebar: I recently updated the ABOUT page, which serves as a bio for yours truly. Updated details and links and such. There’s a new page in the menu called BIBLIOGRAPHY which essentially serves as a cover gallery for the physical books that contain my work. HELLO, JOURNAL is now where my ‘creative non-fiction’ or ‘notebook’ entries are housed. NEWS + UPDATES is now a handy category link to easily access monthly The Rucker Reports like this. The WORK SAMPLES category needs to be reworked, restocked, re-something. I’ll get to it around the time I put the VAULT up. Music widgets have been re-added to the sidebar, but eventually will be added to the menu under their own listing. The work never ends here for this one-man monochromatic production.
Current events – Authors: a few author friends of mine have books out or forthcoming, which I’ve written about here: Reggie Lutz, Jennifer Macaire and Nadine Darling. And finally the great Clive Barker has returned this month with his new novel The Scarlet Gospels.
Maybe next time I write one of these updates I’ll have actual progress to report. Until then, y’all be good out there.
Reading: Trigger Warning by Neil Gaiman, various comics
Re-reading: Galilee by Clive Barker
Watching: Sons of Anarchy: Season 7, The Killing: Season 4
Playing: Destiny (Bungie/Activision) – Xbox One
Listening: Lamb of God