For a number of years, liking a novel by a certain author set me off on a binge of consecutively reading other books by the same author. It made sense. If you love one fictional work by an author, there's a good chance you'll at least like another.
I'm not the first author to advocate writing by hand. But when I did walk away from the keyboard and literally take up the pen, the difference in my creative output was astounding.
As an author I am routinely interviewed by freelance writers while I promote my work. Over the years I have developed a curiosity into their world of writing.
The most important element of a personal brand is that it helps you be yourself, stand out from the crowd and carve out your niche. After all, there is no competition for you. Your brand is the essence of who you are.
Today I am beckoning and challenging the writer in you. Just write. Your words and ideas have the power to move and motivate strangers, to shake the work and rattle the skies (even if it is just your eyes for now).
A book that's transcendent for one reader might not be transcendent for another. Still, the hope of finding novels we personally consider extraordinary is one of the draws of loving literature.
Writers and other publishing types love to give new writers advice about how to be successful. But there's one subject they never mention: location.
By the end of the day I was completely inspired. I realize I could write a separate blog on each of the panel discussions, perhaps I will in the future. However, for now, this is a small glimpse at a world few beginning authors have the opportunity to see.
Maybe a block or so away from Paramount Pictures, deep in Hollywood, there's a short alley, La Vista Court, which is a real nexus of California bohemianism. It contains an unusual building with a bas relief of the great, bohemian writer Jack London.
People are unique and it is that diversity that excites me. Too many times people fear what they don't know instead of noticing the opportunity to learn from it.
To make the best of a reading, the argument goes, you must give yourself up to the awfulness of the audience-author relationship; you must make yourself a sacrificial lamb.
John Locke broke an independent publishing record in 2011. He was the first indie author, and only the eighth author ever, to sell more than one million copies of his books on Kindle. How'd he do it?
The popular assumption is that one either inherits a religious institution or else joins because one is familiar with and agrees with its religious ideologies. Not necessarily
And literature's MVP (Most Versatile Producer) is... Actually, I'm not sure. But any author who can write very different types of novels deserves an award.
To anyone who spends their days agonizing over their writing and worse yet trying to make it their occupation, the reality of what it means to be an "author" isn't always quite as funny or glamorous.
Author Judith W. Umlas is a firm believer that even through cyber-enemies, the Internet, bullying, and other negative hell raisers, there is a way for our younger generations to retain their innocence and -- as much as I'd hate to use this phrase -- just get along. The solution lies in acknowledgment.
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