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  • Comedy and self-censorship

    On Monday 29 June, I had a wonderful IG live chat with one of my absolute fave comics, Pete Johansson (fun fact: He's in my acknowledgments! with a typo, but then again, there are a few of those in this edition because of some production issues/effing pandemic.)Pete and I chatted about comedy, the future of it, self-censorship, the PC wave, trigger warnings, a whole bunch of fun stuff. Aside from being a critically-acclaimed comic who's got a special on Netflix, he's also studying at the Uni of Toronto for a degree in psychology/AI/machine learning. I'm in awe of this very professional comic who's been nothing but kind and generous to me when I was an amateur comic. If you'd like to watch the episode, it's on IGTV on @hellolaurenho. Enjoy! posted by Lauren Ho on July, 01

  • Comedy and self-censorship

    On Monday 29 June, I had a wonderful IG live chat with one of my absolute fave comics, Pete Johansson (fun fact: He's in my acknowledgments! with a typo, but then again, there are a few of those in this edition because of some production issues/effing pandemic.)Pete and I chatted about comedy, the future of it, self-censorship, the PC wave, trigger warnings, a whole bunch of fun stuff. Aside from being a critically-acclaimed comic who's got a special on Netflix, he's also studying at the Uni of Toronto for a degree in psychology/AI/machine learning. I'm in awe of this very professional comic who's been nothing but kind and generous to me when I was an amateur comic. If you'd like to watch the episode, it's on IGTV on @hellolaurenho. Enjoy! posted by Lauren Ho on July, 01

  • Social Media Etiquette

    Guys, it's great you want to contact your fave author. It is! I try my best to respond, and when I respond, I try to be of service to the person writing to me. Especially when it's someone seeking advice.Some basic principles to keep in mind though:- no one, and I repeat, NO ONE is obliged to respond (do you expect a response every time you cold call someone in real life?)- if that person responds, it's up to them how they want to respond to you. You don't get to dictate the content of their response, nor the form.- there's a REAL PERSON behind this avatar you see. So you know--be a decent human being?80% of the shit we see around us would not be a thing if we just learned to exercise more common sense, and dish out some kindness. Now go forth and be productive, positive humans, my dears. Our time on earth is precious. posted by Lauren Ho on June, 26

  • Perfecting your craft-- Advice for aspiring authors

    Something some readers have asked me is: what books do you recommend when it comes to the Craft?There are a lot of good books out there that will help you level up your writing craft. I personally LOVE Anne Lamott's Bird by Bird, and Stephen King's short but sweet book On Writing. I also consider Struck's manual The Elements of Style to be instructive. I'm a pantser by nature, which leads to shaky plots and shaky stories. I worked on this aspect and now I'm kind of a plantser-- a gorgeous hybrid between plotter and panster. I love KM Weiland's amazing website with her detailed guide to plotting--free (-ish) and EXCEPTIONALLY helpful. She's amazing!But most of all, read widely, read across genres in your spare time, and schedule me time for yourself. Avoid toxic energy vampires (family and friends included--but especially learn how to turn off social media. Some people just don't know how to be people). Live well, spent at least 30 mins a day writing, and you're on your way to becoming […]

  • Events!

    I'm active on IG @hellolaurenho, and starting today 22 June I'll be testing out short IG live events where I invite fellow creatives to talk a lil on the theme of the day and their book. 30-45 mins, informal, freestyle, hopefully lots of bloopers.Today 22 June is fellow 2020 Debut Jennifer Chow. Next week is possibly a Netlfix comedian.Join us. Ask us almost anything.Lauren posted by Lauren Ho on June, 21

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