Monthly Archives: March 2018

Modern Mythmakers (interview & reviews)

Here are a couple great links about Modern Mythmakers:

An interview:

David Watson Review:

From Dustin Frueh:

Thank you again, Michael McCarty, for sharing this wealth of wisdom, experience, and know-how. There are a lot of gems here. I particularly relate to Dean Koontz’s advice:

“I tell every young writer to find the material about which he or she can become passionate, work hard at using the language as well as he/she can use it – and to persevere. Throughout my career, until recently I was continually told that my books would never hit big, that I couldn’t mix genres the way I did, that my stories were too eccentric, that my vocabulary was too large and therefore limited the potential size of my audience, that even the very subtle spiritual elements in my work were too prominent and would bore or flat-out offend modern readers, that readers didn’t want stories with as much thematic freight as mine carried…blah, blah, blah. I was even told these things, relentlessly – after I’d seen my books rise to the No. 1 slot on bestseller lists. What every young writer has to realize is that if he or she is doing something truly fresh, it will not immediately be supported, will not win big ad budgets, will not be understood. You must keep an open mind to criticism if it’s about technical matters – that is, about grammar and syntax, about logic holes and clear story problems – but must diplomatically reject all criticism that relates to style, intent, theme. If you have clear and passionate purpose in your writing, something to say and a determination to say it in a way unique to you, if you can explain to yourself exactly why you are doing what you’re doing in the way you are doing it – then you have to stand fast and politely resist all attempts to change you. At the end of the day, if you write with conviction and passion, then the world will come around to your stories. If you bend too much to the will of others, you’ll be reduced to blandness, to vanilla fiction, and no one will care. It also helps to sell your soul to Lucifer.”

The last sentence showcases his unique sense of humor, too!:)

If anyone’s interested in learning more literary knowledge like this one (and thirty-two additional writers,) be sure to check out “Modern Mythmakers,” available for just $.99 in the Kindle store. If paperback is more your style, Amazon’s got you covered, too, for $15.99.”

Only .99 cents in kindle or nook…


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