writing

Lately, I’ve been seeing a lot of posts about marketing. Nick Cole has a new course on book marketing he’s pimping and Russell Newquist of Silver Empire Press and Brian Niemeier, have gone back and forth talking marketing. You can find their posts here and here and here. I find it all fascinating since I finally
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Where Did All This Work Come From?

So, there are less than sixty days until I leave for Dragon Con. Which means I have less than sixty days to get a ton of stuff done. Ugh. I am considering taking some time off from everything, except my day job. You can stop laughing now. It’s not that funny. I really am not
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Yes, I'm Tired of Winning!

Jon Del Arroz posed this question on Twitter: Yes, Jon, I am tired of winning. Winning is hard work. Lots of hard work. I’m tired of the late nights working, I’m tired of characters vying for attention, I’m tired of editing…oh, I’m so tired of editing, I’m tired of having to be meticulously organized so
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Guest Post: Law of Murder for Writers

Today on my blog, the brilliant writer, Amie Gibbons. She also happens to be a lawyer. We’ll forgive her for that last part because she wrote this awesome post about the Law of Murders for Writers.  As a long time murderer who has killed oh so many fictional people, my only advice is to not
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Of Nanowrimo's Past

Today is Day 1 of 2016 Nanowrimo and once again I am joining the insanity. As usual I don’t expect to win, because, well, I have work outside of writing. And I’m slow. When I pulled up the website to enter my novel, it showed me all of the previous years that I’ve done Nano.
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Don't Know What You're Doing? Do It Anyway

One of my all time favorite quotes is by soon to be Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Sept 4, 2016). People are often unreasonable, irrational, and self-centered.  Forgive them anyway. If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives.  Be kind anyway. If you are successful, you will win some unfaithful friends and some
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Rules Are For Boring People

This showed up on Facebook this week. It’s the 8 Rules of Writing Fiction that Kurt Vonnegut used during his career. I’ve never read anything by Kurt that I recall. (Yes, I know, I live under a rock.) These rules obviously worked great for Kurt, however, I believe every writer needs to come up with their own
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Noone Will Remember You

That is the beginning of a line in the movie Victor Frankenstein. The rest goes, “They will only remember the monster.” I imagine a lot of long dead writers can relate. Maybe not, Shakespeare or Samuel Clemens, but others, like Miguel De Cervantes or Alexandre Dumas are little known by the general public compared to their
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Strange Dreams Help With Writing

I am one of those people who get great story ideas from dreams. Path of Angels is due in part to a dream I had. Of course, it wasn’t cut out of whole cloth, because my dreams are strange. Scenes will happen in places that I’m familiar with, but with people that have never been
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