Cynthia Lee writes young and new adult works of fantasy


November 2015

Writing Tales of the Weird

It is such fun.  I spent a good part of yesterday trying to decide which human/animal hybrid is creepiest.

Is it a centaur?  A satyr?  A minotaur?  a gorgon?  Would it be creepier to be part scorpion or part goat?  Antlers or horns?  Tails or no tails?

This is why writing fantasy is so amazing and interesting.  You can actually spend time thinking about such things and you just might get paid for it, eventually.


Rejections – Eh

I’ve begun to submit some short fiction to the markets that seem to want the kind of things I like to write.  It really is fun!  I swear.  (Please keep in mind that I am a Pollyanna/glass half-full kind of girl).  I even made a spreadsheet to track my own submissions and their responses and so on.  That’s fun too!

Of course, the rejections will come but that’s okay.  They are inevitable part of the writing.  And one day they will stop – or at least slow down – and I might have a nice little business going.

Or not.

I love writing and I will not stop.  I will write even if I never sell anything.  That’s just what I want to do.

Full stop.



Neil Gaiman’s Rules of Writing. Feel the Gaiman love.

  • Write
  • Put one word after another. Find the right word, put it down.
  • Finish what you’re writing. Whatever you have to do to finish it, finish it.
  • Put it aside. Read it pretending you’ve never read it before. Show it to friends whose opinion you respect and who like the kind of thing that this is.
  • Remember: when people tell you something’s wrong or doesn’t work for them, they are almost always right. When they tell you exactly what they think is wrong and how to fix it, they are almost always wrong.
  • Fix it. Remember that, sooner or later, before it ever reaches perfection, you will have to let it go and move on and start to write the next thing. Perfection is like chasing the horizon. Keep moving.
  • Laugh at your own jokes.
  • The main rule of writing is that if you do it with enough assurance and confidence, you’re allowed to do whatever you like. (That may be a rule for life as well as for writing. But it’s definitely true for writing.) So write your story as it needs to be written. Write it ­honestly, and tell it as best you can. I’m not sure that there are any other rules. Not ones that matter.

I’m Having a “What to Have for Lunch” Kind of Day

I’ve finished my daily morning grind (pilates, watching Walking Dead episodes again, getting myself and son ready for the day) and I’m now seated at my desk at work, wondering what I should have for lunch.

I know I should be thinking deep thoughts or feeling grateful for something or planning my next ten novels and my business plan for the next five years but my thoughts are still half-formed and deformed, like those weird angry baby monsters from the movie The Brood.

I’m mostly wondering what to have for lunch.

Oddly, these days sometimes turn out to be the most productive.  Once I finally focus and stop thinking about the daily little things I sometimes find that I enjoy writing more.  I don’t honestly believe that there is a great mystery involved in writing something.  I think people just do it everyday or nearly everyday and sometimes you have really good days (or great days, if you are a genius.  I am not a genius) and sometimes you don’t and no one really knows why.

The important thing is that you sat down and did it.  It sounds so simple.  It is simple.

Except when it isn’t.

His Dark Materials to hit the small screen.

Now we get to have our hearts broken properly!  I’m over the moon about this news.  Seriously.

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