Friday, February 11, 2011
Writer's Horoscope #6 - It's Written in the Stars! (But Edited in New York)
Welcome back for another installment of Writer's Horoscope When reading this feature, it's important to remember that as writers, we're all professionals at making sh*t up. But this is REAL. It must be true! You read it on the internettytweetyfacewebs!
If, however, you don't find that your entry in this horoscope seems to apply to you, it's entirely possible that your parents lied to you about your birth-date. It's also possible they lied to you about your name. And your species. (Please remember where you got this tip when the saucer-invasion takes over Earth and returns you, their exiled king/queen/kingqueen to power over their new colony.) So feel free to try another sign and see if it makes more sense to you.
Also, it's come to our attention that, according to experts, there are now thirteen signs of the zodiac, and every horoscope for the last 2000 years is incorrect. We think the new sign may be called "Snookie." Or, according to other, no-more-crazy-looking experts, not. Maybe you'd better check our earlier installments just to be sure. Find them here and here and here and here, and here.
Note that we've adopted the new world universal writer's astrological symbols in place of the ones you may be more familiar with. But we've still got twelve of them, until somebody less nutty-looking tells us otherwise.
Arial (March 21 - April 19) - Why are you spending your time and energy spreading gloom and doom, and complaining about how terrible things are in publishing, when you could could be taking positive steps to improve your situation? Things are changing, sure, but change means opportunity.
Thesaurus (April 20 - May 20) - If, like our Arial friend, you're finding yourself mired in negativity, maybe it's those people you've been hanging out with. Maybe it's time to put some distance between you and that old workshop or writer's circle. It's hard to take on a new world-view when the old one is being constantly reinforced by your peeps.
Galley (May 21 - June 20) - Who's that there in your writing office with you? Nobody you say? Are you sure? Because maybe you're letting other people in by worrying what they'll think when they read your work. Do you think about how your friends will react to your writing? Your editor? Your agent? Your mom? Self-censorship is the worst kind. Kick them out and write your own mind.
Copyright (June 21 - July 22) - Look around you all the good people there that you've been neglecting; the people who have helped you, your mentors, the people you admire, the people who have supported you, the people whose work inspires you. It's payback time. Tell them how you feel. Help them in their endeavors. Your positive energy will multiply and return to you.
Litho (July 23 - August 22) - Find your voice, both figurative and literal. Don't be afraid to speak your mind, in your writing, and in real life as well. You've worked hard. You've studied hard. You're entitled to your opinions. That doesn't make you right, but it's no reason to be shy.
Verso (Aug 23 - September 22) - Have you lost the spark? Maybe you've let goals, business, marketing and high expecations creep into your writing too much. Remember when writing was fun? Remember when you wrote what you wanted when you wanted, with no concern who was going to buy it, or when, or for how much? Give yourself permission to go back to that this month. Your best work comes from your heart, not your business brain.
Library (September 23 - Oct 22) - Recess is over. Don't lose your focus till you type "-END-." Keep your focus, and get 'er done.
Slush (Oct 23 - November 21) - It's time to make new connections. Explore a new market. Look for new ways to get your words out there. Try something new.
Sans sarif (Nov 22 - Dec 21) - "They" say that good things come to those who wait. "They" would be wrong. You snooze, you loose.
Caption (December 22 - January 19) - You may be thinking about doing something to draw more attention to yourself. Yes, you can inflate sales in the short-term through energetic promotion. You can inflate your own image, even build a little cult around yourself as the "hot, new, thing." Of course, if you flap your arms fast enough, you can fly. The problem is, the instant you let up, it's time to pay the gravity bill. Best to be standing on something something just then. It's like that in your writing life. Sooner or later you have to let up on the puffery and promotion, and you'd better have some solid work to stand on.
Apostrophe (January 20 - February 18) - Do you know what you're agreeing to? Did you read the contract? Did you understand the contract? Don't trust simply because your agent read it, or even you lawyer. You're the one signing it. Understand it, and try to understand what it means to you, not just for today, but for any possible future.
Pica (February 19 - March 20) - A writer's life is about feast and famine. There are possibilities that a future dominated by electronic publishing may change that, smooth out the cash-flow for working writers. But for most of us, that remains in the future. It's hard to live within your means when you don't know what your means are. Keep your expenses low, and when possible, err on the conservative side of things. Nobody ever lost sleep over having too much in reserve.
If this is your birth month: This could be the month where everything breaks loose for you! But don't celebrate yet. Are you ready for success? Do you know what to do when you get that phone call or email from that editor or agent? It's too easy to make bad choices and rushed decisions in the heat of the moment. The time for research and planning is now. Don't wait!
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