I think the moment my query letters started working is the moment when I stopped writing about my book series like someone who gave birth to a beautiful child and started writing about it like a store associate on commission trying to get someone to buy something like a refrigerator or new shoes.
And Yeah Write decreed, This is the most real publishing-related post ever published to the Tumblr!
from her essay How much my novel cost me
I think this goes nicely with this week’s theme of narrativizing real life… and how, in my opinion, you shouldn’t!
Also it’s a really informational piece. Young hopeful writers need to understand that “being a writer” is a kind of masochist goal for oneself.
And, it’s also a precautionary tale about the internet wasting our time. Which I should really listen to. (…she wrote on her Tumblr…)
Hey Jude in minor key instead of major, almost sounds like a different song
The problem that needs to be fixed is not kick all the girls out of YA, it’s teach boys that stories featuring female protagonists or written by female authors also apply to them. Boys fall in love. Boys want to be important. Boys have hopes and fears and dreams and ambitions. What boys also have is a sexist society in which they are belittled for “liking girl stuff.” Male is neutral, female is specific.
I heard someone mention that Sarah Rees Brennan’s THE DEMON’S LEXICON would be great for boys, but they’d never read it with that cover. Friends, then the problem is NOT with the book. It’s with the society that’s raising that boy. It’s with the community who inculcated that boy with the idea that he can’t read a book with an attractive guy on the cover.
Here’s how we solve the OMG SO MANY GIRLS IN YA problem: quit treating women like secondary appendages. Quit treating women’s art like it’s a niche, novelty creation only for girls. Quit teaching boys to fear the feminine, quit insisting that it’s a hardship for men to have to relate to anything that doesn’t specifically cater to them.
Because if I can watch Raiders of the Lost Ark and want to grow up to be an archaeologist, there’s no reason at all that a boy shouldn’t be able to read THE DEMON’S LEXICON with its cover on. My friends, sexism doesn’t just hurt women, and our young men’s abysmal rate of attraction to literacy is the proof of it.
If you want to fix the male literary crisis, here’s your solution:
Become a feminist.
Who art in fossil.
Hallowed be your shell,
Your evolution come,
Your will be done
In Kanto, as it is in Sinnoh
Give us this day our daily gym badge,
And forgive us our start spam,
As we have forgiven those who pressed down on the ledge,
And lead us not into the way of the domed one,
But deliver us from Eevee.
For thine is the move-set, the rare candy,
and the SS Anne ticket.
Oh Sweet Helix
You poor fools. Democracy is the only way to victory. You even needed authority to step in and remove the 500-step limit in order to succeed in the safari zone. You have abandoned the true prophet once, but its new agents have not forgotten your quest and WILL aid in the journey. Praise to Dome.
Kyle’s consternation at Will Smith in Winter’s Tale produced this gem.
G.D Anderson (via fawcettstudent)
I really love this quote. And I think it is very useful when thinking about female characters in media.
The idea that we need to “make women stronger” is exactly the problem with the “Strong Female Character” trope.This idea that every single lady in a film must be a gun wielding, kung fu master assassin bad ass with a boy and arrow is fundamentally flawed.
Because, yes, we do need more female characters who can kick ass and take names.
But we also need narratives that focus on and empower female characters who are strong in other ways. You don’t need to make a dragon infested castle explode to be an empowered and empowering female character.
on the day before valentine’s day this year, my two friends (one male and one female) decided to do a social experiment. they posted the exact same status on facebook and left it up for five minutes, before taking a screenshot to see what reaction they got. I think the pictures speak for themselves.