This New Year, let's think not about changing who we are, but about remembering who we are as individuals and as a people. There are, I think, two basic things we need.
In a world that prizes how fast something can be done, we are no longer allowing ourselves to sit in the middle of a mistake or a failed attempt and mull it over, view it differently, or to even make a mistake at all.
What makes us excel at our work, what gets our books to the level of being publishable, involves being alone, a lot. No matter how many workshops you attend, ultimately the work only gets done when it's just you and the page.
All right, time for some industry secrets. (Well, maybe not secrets, but certainly not widely known).
I studied the World War II program in the course of writing a novel about it. I learned how our great country lost its way, and about the psychological and political dynamics that make similar things happen over and over again.
First off, let me start by saying if you're a writer, you can write novels and screenplays, if you have the undying ambition and drive to do so.
We get asked (Full Disclosure: no one asks us this except our children) what it is like to be Top Rated, Best Selling, wildly popular authors. It is, as you likely think, very glamorous.
Do you have a writer in your life who deserves a great gift? Here's a list of goodies every wordsmith would love to have.
It's no secret YouTube basically rules the world these days. So much so, its become one of the most popular places readers go for young adult book recommendations.
A few of my favorites of 2015 to read, gift, and visit during the holiday season.
The Times reports that Gladwell hands blurbs out like Santa, though he doesn't seem to care if authors are naughty or nice.
Here are 10 titles that I loved in 2015 -- think of it as your end-of-year reading list. There's a little something for everyone, so pour yourself a cup of eggnog, kick up your feet, and dive in. You'll thank me later!
If the publishing world is changing it is because of the many ways authors are choosing to find and expand their audiences through self-publishing. One of the newest ways to find an audience is by being an ebook-only author.
As I've published more books and paying articles, earning more money from writing, and as I've started making money as a writing consultant, things have changed. First, I quit my day job. Second, I got even more real with my writing business. Here's what I've done to run my writing business like a business, one that can sustain itself.
Despite how much I tweet about my love of cupcakes, I rarely eat while I'm writing. After all, it's kinda counterproductive (I should be using my fingers to type, not snack!)
My schedule is a bit challenging -- but it's never a bad thing as a writer to have too many deadlines. It just takes a lot of juggling, and since I'm relatively new at this, I'm still finding the right balance. So at the moment, "free time" is definitely a rare commodity. As is sleep -- especially as I get closer to my deadlines. Fortunately, I love my job, and don't mind the workload.