I've been expressly forbidden by my beta readers to edit while they're working on their notes, which gives me time to work on my other project, Dragon Soul. There's also a book haul I just came home with yesterday to dive into. Yay for free time.... This forbidding me to meddle in my work also … Continue reading Expressly Forbidden
Fictional MAYhem sponsored by Faith_theRivens This month I'm following a writing prompt challenge aimed at character building. Using my work-in-progress, Dragon Soul, I'm excited to participate in another of these month-long, daily-promptings. Join the fun with us!! Follow me, or Faith_theRivens, on Instagram or Twitter to join in on the fun! Day 1 Day 2
I really don't do so well with being super busy. Though, to be fair, I waste a lot of time when I have a lot of time to waste, but since there's more time, more gets done. I can fit all the time-waster loves I have in. Video games, for example. And, I haven't read … Continue reading A Brief Moment In (my) Time
Deciding to Delete On September 27th, 2014 I deleted a writing project I'd played with for a large part of the last twenty years; the majority of my life. The years of off-again, on-again commitment to it had me written into a corner of chaos that I just couldn't dig myself out of. So, I … Continue reading Warning: Frustrated Breaks May Lead to Accomplishment
Hello friends! Happy Thursday to you and welcome to this the first in a planned biweekly (i.e. posting every second week) blog series that will focus on my writing process with my debut urban fanta… Source: Crafting the Series | Part One - In Pursuit of Creativity
My writing playlist is uber-important. The amount of work I get done in a day is directly linked to what I'm listening to, and it's absolutely essential I'm listening with headphones. Even in a quiet room, all by myself, I can't concentrate unless it's pumped directly into my brain. I'm forced to take a lot … Continue reading Playlist
That’s not a kneejerk yeah well you’re ugly and your mother dresses you funny response. Ask any writer, traditionally published or indie, our books are the children of our brains, and we’re protective of them.
A traditionally-published writer puts that baby into the hands of professionals who whisk it away, do cosmetic adjustments, dress it, raise it, choose its schools, and, sometimes, hand it back after a while saying hey, we’re as sorry as you are, but the kid ain’t gonna cut it. Of course quite often (not always) the kid does good and the publishers are yammering at the door – make more babies. Fast. One a year. Go go GO.
Traditionally-published book-parents are proud to the point of arrogant about their progeny being Chosen, and they are enraged when an indie book baby does better than their own Improved By Professionals offering because it just isn’t
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Book Reviews: How I Do It A couple of years back, I'd started reviewing books I read, but found it stressful. Most of the reading I do is from self-published, freshman, indie authors who rely on reviews to help get their book read by a wider audience. Was my opinion worthy as to influence the career of … Continue reading My Book Reviews
Chalene Johnson says, "If your friends don't work out, get new friends!" Basically, surround yourself with people who fit who you want to be; people who will help you along your path, not create roadblocks and detours. Brilliant advice I've never met anyone disagree with, but, as with so much great advice, easier said than … Continue reading We Should Be Ashamed
Writing is a craft, a skill, as well as an artistic calling. Our muses get us to the page, but only persevering through the craft of it will some finished thing appear. The latter is where practice has been forgotten.