Author’s Bio… I Got Nothing.

What do you write in a bio when you have no accomplishments? 

Christopher is a fiction novelist who writes in the fantasy, sci-fi and horror genre.

Like anyone who tries to better themselves, you often create expectations that you can never live up to. But one of these days, the author has to overcome these feelings of inadequacy and publish one of his many unfinished stories.

The short story/novelette/novel “Colony Sane” will be his moment of truth, for the iterations of his story has been many. Once a short story, now a novelette, and (maybe) in the future, a novel. Reworked and edited until the original idea almost bare no resemblance to the new.

When this story is done, work on the “Book of Legacy” series will resume and the great magnum opus of the author will be presented to the world.

If you want to know more, the Book of Legacy series is heavily inspired by Lord of the Rings Trilogy in terms of a group of people journeying through the land to end all evil. But instead of sticking to this fantasy trope, the main character has to question if the world is in danger at all. In doing so, he has to question the purpose of his journey and ask why he braves the world’s many dangers and risks the lives of his friends, if not, for no other reason, than to satisfy his own curiosity.

 

Level Up (Your Writing)

In my mind, improving your craft is the greatest virtue among creators.

Whether you are struggling with your writing or whether you are talented, striving to become better is the single most important act a creator can make. Because, at the end of the day, it is the only thing we can control, to do our best and improve.

But you already knew this, didn’t you? Especially if you’ve read my last blog post.

But what if I told you that improving is not as straightforward as it seems?

We all know these essential steps to improve our writing: (1) You have to listen to criticism; (2) you have to write every day; (3) you have to read every day.

But, at a certain point, you will find yourself thinking that you are either the worst at what you do, or the best at what you do. It is natural to feel both, at times. However, there are inherent dangers in thinking like this, as well.

In the simplest terms; if you feel that you are the worst, you will not have the confidence to continue; and if you feel that you are the best, you will not seek out (or listen to) criticism.

But there is another pitfall one should watch out for, and that is: when you realise the rate you improve in, you may start to wonder, what is the point in posting anything? When you know that you can do better later?

Spare yourself the embracement, you know?

I’ve had this feeling towards my fantasy story and it has suffered because of it. I haven’t touched it in 6 months because I believe that I cannot do it justice yet…

I like to compare writing with roleplaying games. In essence, we level up as we go, and it takes longer to level up when we already are at a high level – when we are already experienced.

And when we are inexperienced, we level up more rapidly.

Imagine that you need 100 XP (experience points) to reach a new level, and when you’ve reached, let’s say, 99XP, you will feel that you have become as good as you can get before reaching the next level.

This is the sweet spot, and the optimal time to publish or post something because you will know that you have done your best. (Even though you will most likely find plenty to edit once you reach that next level.)

Comparably, if you post or publish something while gaining experience you’ll only feel frustrated since nothing you write will feel… right.

At this point, I don’t expect you to understand what I’m talking about since even I am having trouble putting it into words myself.

But what I want you to take away from this is to take comfort in the realisation that it is only when we feel that our writing is the greatest when we are ready to advance to the next level.

Hopefully, you will always look back at your older work and feel that you could do better.

Be Proud of (Your Writing)

I think most writers has been in the position where they post a story and find that it is not getting the attention they desire. However, you shouldn’t despair, and here’s why:

First of all, getting noticed takes time (unless you are insanely lucky or know somebody already famous) It doesn’t matter how well written your piece is, you’re most likely not going to get a lot of attention from it.

But that is not what you came here to find out, because, we’ve all been there, and I know the feeling of inadequacy.

That aside, one should always do their best, because it is the only thing you can control. If you publish something and you find your viewership low, you will still have the pride in that you did your best.

One method I use whenever I feel down is that I go back and make sure that there is absolutely nothing I can do to change how the story currently is. Simply put, I’ve done my best with the level of skill that I had at that point in time. And that feels pretty good, regardless of the audience.