Covers for my novels – let’s take a break

Oh, the editing process. How I love and loath it all at once. It’s like trying to glue worms together into a pretty neat line but their slippery skin keeps shrugging off all the glue. On good days, it’s like shooting rainbows from a cat-cannon.

It’s fun, except for the part where it drives you into a state of cowering madness. During such moments, when you’re prepared to sell your soul for a loaf of bread, it’s best to remember ‘slow and steady gets shit done, like your novel’. Or something like that.

Take breaks. Let me just leave an awesome post here by Stigmata Script that will lift your deflated penmonkey spirit: Divide and Conquer.

Today, as I was on the cusp on murdering our farting cat (I really want there to be a book called The Misadventures of a Flatulent Cat), I took a creative break doing something cathartic and wishful.

I made pretend book covers for all my completed manuscripts! Have you ever done this? I’ve never dared to try this before but, considering it made me feel better, I think every writer should give it a go once in a while. Just don’t take credit for images that aren’t yours, obviously.

WARNING: I am Photoshop stupid. These were made in the illustrious programme known as Paint.

Scars in the System
The first book in my first ever fantasy saga. God knows if I’ll ever finish editing this one. I’ll probably be done with it when I’m 80 years old and enjoy tripping people with my walking stick.

Picture by Steve Argyle.

Blue Boys
It’s a working title. This is my steampunk novel currently being hacking into pieces and stitched back together with worm-glue.

Picture by UdonNodu.

Drown in a Bottle of Keys
A supernatural romance horror time travel thing. Yeah, I haven’t quite polished up the plot of this one, but I’ll get to editing it properly in good time. I want to write a supernatural romance that isn’t, you know, ANNOYING.

Picture by Vyrhelle-VyrL.

Maiden of the Cancer Moon
Another fantasy novel, this time playing with Norwegian gods, sign language, open love and people with big axes. I like this one a lot. BUT THE EDITING. IT IS IN NEED OF.

Picture by yuumei.

Serena Stairway
This is actually a short story and will (hopefully) be published as part of an anthology by the end of this coming academic year. A young woman caught between two feuding gods is swept away from this world and thrown upon a magical staircase, where one god races to claim her soul.

Picture by Destiny Blue.

I hope my skill with font didn’t burn holes into your eyeballs. But doesn’t this look like a fun thing to do with your novels/scripts? Next time you feel about ready to punch anything that moves, take a break and design a book cover/poster. There’s nothing wrong with reminding yourself of the end result you want to acheive.

Don’t forget, those of you thinking of entering the Final Fantasy Flash-Fan-Fiction Contest, you have ten days left!

Final Fantasy Flash-Fan-Fiction Contest

Because I don’t already have enough to do, I thought I’d host a contest for Final Fantasy fan-fic writers. I love to see fans hard at work fangasming with creativity, and I love to make GMVs, which I haven’t been making enough of lately. So, I thought I’d combine the two.

How would you like to see one of your stories turned into a short promo-trailer? I can (within reason) make your ideas come to life. I create videos and I can manipulate footage into new scenes – your scenes.

For a sample of such videos check out some of my most popular ones:

And that’s not all. Sometimes I hire on voice actors. If you have a story about Yuna, I have the perfect voice actress. Would you like specific lines from your fan-fiction to be voiced like it’s the real thing? Then I can almost certainly make that happen for you (please note: Zack Fair is the most difficult character to find an actor for, but I can find one if you desperately want lines for him).

Prize:
A short promo-trailer of YOUR fan-fiction, an old story or a new one.

Rules:
1)
Flash-fiction must be 300 words or less.
2) Create a unique piece based on one of the images below. Please let us know which images your piece is based upon. You can choose up to two images. Your story does not have to involve the characters within the pictures below, they’re meant to be atmospheric prompts more than anything else.
3) Your work must not be anything you’ve published before or part of an existing work. Let’s make this totally organic!
4) Your piece must be about characters from the Final Fantasy universe, but your piece can be an AU.
5) Post your flash-fan-fiction piece as a comment to this blog entry. This makes submitting your entry for us judges to read 100% easy for everyone.

Deadline:
31st of August (recently extended). This is a challenge to get your creative juices flowing – a writing sprint. Flash fiction.

Judges:
Myself and Tobirion.

Now pick your image and get writing!

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Best of luck to all entrants! We will announce the winner as soon as we have decided which is the most outstanding piece. If there are 15 entrants or over, we’ll even choose runner-ups, so spread the word and challenge you friends!

Give it a chance. Who knows? This small challenge may inspire you to write a whole new story…

Today’s writing motivation in a few concise words (for those having a bad day)

You’ve got to understand that you must start small. The profits of your labour will not germinate quickly or easily.

You’ve got to have patience.

You’ve got to write in some form every week, even if you think you can’t. You have to.

You’ve got to improve your craft, because writing is hard. It is.

But above all, you’ve got to want to improve.

You can always improve.

You can and you must.

Do you want this career? Do you truly?

Then you can do this. You cannot depend on your ‘muse’ or hope your story will fix itself.

Now keep going, finish your novel. Get past that ‘block’.

Because you can.