Happy Friday, everyone!
I hope you are all doing well. I think I can say that I am.
Technically, I've completed writing Unusual Tales for the Curious Mind, my second book!
(Currently 84'650 words for 13 short stories!)
It is a short story collection featuring works of fantasy, horror, and a bit of science fiction. But, it is far from ready. Even though I have edited all of the stories myself, some multiple times, more work still needs to be done. This is the first time that I have asked anyone for help with an unpublished work, and I am happy to say that I have found some great editors who have agreed to assist me!
Over the years, I have realized how blind I am to my own errors. Inner Expanses was riddled with typos and grammatical errors, because I simply did not see my own mistakes.
Today, I have a more general piece of advice for my fellow writers.
The Baron of Beholder's Writing Tip #2:
Get someone else's opinion.
Not just anyone, but someone who reads/writes in a similar genre that you do and whose work you enjoy.
These are two key factors.
The opinion of someone whose writing ticks these two boxes will be more likely to have specific details that you can use to enhance areas in your tale. Areas where you didn't even know it was lacking.
Their taste is similar enough to yours that you both will "speak the same language", and if you're a fan of their work, you'll understand where they are coming from with their thoughts.
In addition, a second pair of eyes can REALLY be helpful when dealing with...
THE TYPO MENACE!
Conversation is the mode of how human thoughts and emotions are transmitted verbally as well as in written manner. Though, In this modern age, the most common form of communication for many people has become by text. Either on social media, text messaging, or similar means, writing has become the dominant way people interact again. The internet has given us all a way to have conversations that span continents and oceans.
That, I am truly grateful for, otherwise this newsletter would not exist, and neither would my connection to any of you, my friends.
Though, there is still MUCH to be said about sharing a meal with others in person. Something that I've honestly begun to really miss. I almost always enjoy going out with friends and family to a nice restaurant or a bar/pub...on the rare occasions that I drag myself out of my subterranean lair.
Our tale from within the majestic city seated upon a storm recently depicted an unusual meal between some very different people. But now that everyone has had their fill of food and drink, matters of great importance will be discussed.
For sometimes supper is but a pretense for ulterior motives...