This little nugget of advice is going to be a tad bit different from the last. This piece will focus more on females writing in the horror genre. I am going to answer and give advice on two different questions I am asked quite frequently, “how do you make it as a female writer in the horror genre?” and “how do you deal with negative attention/comments from others?”.
How do you make it as a female writer in the horror genre?
- Do what you want to do. Don’t let anyone tell you what to do.
- Work your ass off. Don’t let the fact that you’re a female make you think you can put out horrible articles/pieces and get by on a pretty face.
- Don’t use your body to advance your writing career. The biggest mistake I see a lot of female writers make, in any form, but a lot in this genre, is using their bodies and sex appeal to get ahead of the game. With conventions and the internet, it is easier to contact and encounter celebrities. This was a big issue with a certain female writer and a big time director (I am not going to name names). Avoid doing this at all cost. If you contact a celebrity about an interview or something whether it is in person or online, remain professional. Do not show up with your boobs hanging out all over the place and do not go there with the idea of sleeping your way to the top. Like the above mentioned situation, this girl was found plagiarizing, her relationship with this director fell apart and now, she’s back at the bottom. Just use your head.
- Don’t jump into this gig if you don’t know what you’re talking about. Don’t do it because it’s the “cool” thing to do. If you’re passionate about it, you will have no problem producing great content that people will want to read.
- Don’t give up. Not everyone is going to treat you horribly or not read your work just because you’re a female, but there will be a lot some negativity from your typical bullies. Don’t let those bullies force you to stop doing what you love.
How do you deal with the negative comments/attention from others?
We as females have to work just a little harder to prove ourselves and there is always that ever popular “you’re probably sleeping with that person to get where you are” or the “you’re using your feminine “charms” to get what you want”. Not everyone is going to treat you like crap or accuse you of being a hooker, but I have had those things happen to me, and here is how I have coped with it.
- Let it go in one ear and out the other.
- Don’t react. Internet bullies are going to try their hardest to break you. Don’t react to their negative comments.
- Develop a thick skin. If you don’t already have one, you need to develop one. If you are easily hurt or take everything to heart, you won’t last. You have to be able to read the negative comments and shrug them off.
- Delete, unfollow, block. Those are three words you need to become familiar with. If someone is talking trash on every post you make whether it be on the blog post/article or on any of the social media platforms, you need to follow that mantra. If the same people are repeatedly attacking you, cut them out.
I hope this helped you ladies, and guys,please don’t take this as an attack or a therapy session. If you have anymore questions on this topic or have another question/topic that you want me to cover, please feel free to comment below, tweet me (@xMelissaThomasx) or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.