Stuck for ways to get rid of characters that are contributing nothing to your plot? You want to kill them, but you're squeamish. Or perhaps you're just not very good at writing about bloodshed. Perhaps these will work for you.
In 2009, Joshua Glenn and Rob Walker decided to put a price on storytelling. The pair would buy "junk" worth little to nothing and then re-sell it for 300 times its original value. All the proceeds were donated to charity. Why did they do this?
Chances are that if you're an aspiring or struggling author, you have a day job. And chances are equally good that you dream of a time when you're free to write all day or at least a substantial part of every day and that the writing will be lucrative enough to pay the bills.
Crowdfunding. It's become such a popular and trendy step for entrepreneurs and small business to do yet many authors have no idea there is such a thin...
Thanks to Judy Blume for her words of wisdom (and wit) about writing that she shared with me.
Some people will waste a lifetime waiting for the Gatekeepers. I was almost one of those people. By nature, I'm a rule follower. Even unwritten rules. If there's a way something is "supposed to be done," that's how I'll do it. When I finished writing my first novel, I queried agents.
Bold, unapologetic, kind-hearted, a bigger personality than even her formidable chest. Blaze Starr was more than her body, an endearing legendary broad, a luminous star now aligned with more of her kind.
This past Saturday at a meeting of Bay Area Independent Publishers Association, I led a roundtable about the reasons that every independent author and publisher (as well as every "dependent" author) needed to have an active presence on Goodreads.com.
On my bedside table sits a clock, a lamp, pens, a notebook, my Kindle, Chap Stick, lavender oil, earplugs and a mountain of books. I doubt I'm alone with my plethora of reading material -- the earplugs, okay, maybe.
Writing is like vomiting, I learned: Just get it all out, and don't worry about what comes out. I needed a lot of words for my first book, Burn Zones.
Since I made that decision to leave the workforce and drive my own professional writing business, doors have just opened. Doors to the kind of opportunities that are helping to shape my future as a writer.
I think it was (author) Francine Prose who said publication is like the calm before the calm--that you think so much will happen and it doesn't. But when my first book came out (Tea, Algonquin Books, 2000), what I wasn't prepared for was the magnitude of what it felt like internally.
Sometimes authors who audit their statements find mistakes. "I once found a $700.00 error on my royalty statement from my publisher that I noticed after scouring the numbers. My publisher apologized and said it was obviously an error and quickly corrected it, but would he have noticed if I hadn't looked carefully?"
It is in the literary world, and an important one. There is an ongoing dilemma in the writing world--Should writers write what they feel passionate about or write for the masses? Since first considering crossing genres from contemporary romance into LGBT romance, I learned that this question is driven by much more than sales.
Where authors are concerned, impatience leads to wishful thinking, which feeds these five delusions I see new authors suffer from, when they allow impatience to distort their path to successful publication.
The work of top creatives isn't dependent upon motivation or inspiration, but rather it follows a consistent pattern and routine. It's the mastering of daily habits that leads to creative success, not some mythical spark of genius. Here's why...