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Ryan K Lindsay – Writer

Month: November, 2018

Movember Missive + A Great Comic/Art Deal

Hi all,

A quick line about Movember – a global movement aimed at promoting awareness about men’s health issues, the reason why I’ve spent this month growing a mo, and a great opportunity for you to buy a comic and get an exclusive art print by Riley Rossmo for a good cause.

I believe in Movember because men’s health issues are an insidious seething mess. Depression, suicide, an inability to even go to the doc to get your prostate checked out. It’s rampant bullshit, housed in the septic tank of toxic masculinity, and I’m sick of the stench. I don’t want to be caught up in it, and I don’t want it wafting around for future generations.

The beauty of Movember is that it’s a visible cause – you see a mo this month, odds are it’s in support and solidarity of this great cause. We’re raising money for BeyondBlue, and other places, but we’re mostly just raising awareness.

Movember is personal to me – and let’s face it, there are thousands of good charities and causes to support, but we can’t do it all, so why this one? My father was a victim of the silent killer amongst men, and not a day goes by I don’t think about it in some respect, and it’s been 30 years. I wish Movember had existed back then, I wish men allowed themselves to talk more freely about their feelings back then.


I grow the mo for my dad, and also for my kids.

If you want more information about Movember, you can check the site via my mospace right here!

Or, maybe you want some sweet comics in support of a grand cause?

Right now, you can buy ETERNAL, my ogn with Eric Zawadzki and Dee Cunniffe from Black Mask Studios, on ownaindi.com and an exclusive Movember Viking print with art by superstar Riley Rossmo for just $30, with a portion of proceeds going to the Movember Foundation.

YES PLEASE, GIMME THAT MOUSTACHE SHIELDMAIDEN AND BEAUTIFUL BOOK DEAL!


And if you buy anything else from me at any stage for the rest of Movember, I’ll be sharing money with Movember from all sales – so help yourself to some script downloads, or the BEAUTIFUL CANVAS issues, all for a good cause!

But, if you just want to spread the word about this great cause, maybe talk to the men in your life and see what’s up, then I’d be just as appreciative. I’m growing a mo to save a bro, and we should all let our love show.

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The RKL TOP 10 WRITING RULES-ish

I’m getting the feeling people don’t like Writing Rules, they don’t want a rigid structure of how it works to get worlds out of your brain, and they certainly didn’t warm to those laid down by Jonathan Franzen, but I’ll admit, I find them fascinating. A word I choose carefully.

I want to know what the masters think we should hold in our highest esteem, I want to know it from my peers, and nascent writers, and plenty of others. I want to look into everyone’s head and see what roads they follow. I won’t necessarily follow those rules, or even care about them, but the process of having them to read absolutely fascinates me. It’ll tell me more about the person’s mindset and style than it will about any universal truth of writing.

I dig books about writing, I dig blogs and podcasts and tweets about writing. I use them like I’m building up a pantry, but when I write I’m just cooking. I might have everything stockpiled, but I’ll only take out what I need for a specific recipe when the time comes. You dig?

But, in the spirit, I wanted to attempt to carve out my own ten tips, just suggestions, just from me, and then I could see what I thought rose to the top, so here goes:

The RKL Top 10 Writing Rules Tips

1 – Your story must be about stuff. And that stuff isn’t just a list of the things that happen, it’s why those things will matter to the reader, the truths beneath it all, the theme. Your writing will be amateur until you have something of meaning to say.

2 – Write so 1000 people will absolutely love you, not so 100,000 will think you’re kinda alright.

3 – Write about whatever gets you excited to sit down and write.

4 – Set small writing goals. 500 words/2 script pages a day. Then blast through them, sometimes.

5 – Have only one tab open while you’re writing.

6 – Think on paper.

7 – Are all your default lead characters straight white dudes? Why?

8 – Write whatever you want. Any genre, any length, any format. You might not find a paying home for it, but you’ll be true to yourself.

9 – Be inspired by your heroes, but don’t ape them. Let them fuel you with the courage to be yourself.

10 – Recharge your brain so it has more to write about. Read comics, watch movies, study the world, live life.

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These points are very clearly by me, for me, and just for me. If you find them interesting, I’m glad. If they help you sharpen your own Top 10, fantastic. If your 10 are the polar opposite of mine, fill your boots, I bet we can still be mates.

I write about stuff like this all the time in my newsletter, statistically, there’s a chance one of you will like it, so here’s the link – tinyletter.com/ryanklindsay

Thinking About Comics [writing, listening, reading, oh my]

I think the main reason I love the internet is because it gave me more spaces and places to think.

I loved the public and school libraries as a kid, I’d wander in, find stuff to touch, touch it all, and then settle on some of the touched to take home. I could buy some books, and secondhand book stores are my constant must see attraction in all new and foreign towns, but I could never buy enough. But I could always borrow things.

I sampled a bunch of new authors because of the freedom of libraries. I looked through all kinds of non-fic reference material because it was there to browse. I like to fill my brain with things, and sometimes I even re-use those things later.

Then came the internet – and I could find so so many things.

 

I set up my Google Reader [rip to this blessed resource] to collect a multitude of sites and blogs and slap them into a readable scroll. I filled my eyes with ideas and hypotheses and I tried to make sense of it all. Free script downloadable pdfs flowed freely, and op-eds about writing swirled into my brain, and in-depth analyses about my favourite works and creators of fiction were caught in my net. It was amazing, I won’t lie.

You can learn a lot by reading something that isn’t something already on your shelves. So the internet became a place where I could comb, for free, through things.

Now, curating this since social media’s empire rose and fell has become a skill, but it’s an important one because there’s good stuff out there, and if you want it you can most definitely find it.

Or you can make it yourself.

I launched a Patreon to fund me making comic book study guides and the campaign is going amazing. I’ve sent out pdf guides for people looking to study all kinds of comics from GHOSTS by Raina Talgemeier to BATMAN: YEAR ONE by David Mazzucchelli and Frank Miller. I’ve also got podcasts on there where I unpack parts of a study guide, or where I just chat about a great comic I’ve read before. It’s fun, and it’s my way of providing a little something extra to the internet for people to dig.

You can head across to support and get all the old study guides, and be ready for the new one:

The comic list above is the Good Stuff, and I’ll also be talking about it in a podcast on there very very soon.

I want a future where people discuss comics, and think about theme, and enjoy their fiction on a deeper level. I hope it helps in any way.

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