This isn't a post about writing music but rather writing music. The tunes you play while writing. I can actually write music sheets. It wouldn't be music per se, but I know my notes. Actually, I suck at playing the piano. So producing music? Not for me. Writing with some awesome tunes playing? More my thing.… Continue reading Writing music
There are many valid reasons for becoming a writer. The fame The glory The big bucks And all three of those are lies. All of them don't involve money. I feel like starving helps with my art. Here are some reasons I am a writer: The stories in my head will slowly drive me mad… Continue reading Why I write
I'm not what you call an organized person. I forget plans. I forget what day it is. If I don't write an appointment on the calendar I forget it exists. My desk is always a mess. I literally have a stack of books 'to read' in every room of the house. But there are a few… Continue reading How I stay organized
Not every novel is going to have a death in it. But when do you kill a character in your writing? Authors kill characters for reasons, man, lots of reasons. Here are some: They are getting on your nerves Turns out, that character is quite annoying. So they much die a painful excruciating death… Continue reading When to kill a character
You know sometimes our creativity just stalls. It isn't writer's block, it is just bleh 'I can't seem to produce anything worthwhile'. Sometimes we need ways to boost creativity for our writing. Like right now in the novel I am working on my main character is just bleh. I still to just haven't found her unique… Continue reading 9 ways to boost creativity
So you have an author blog as step one to your author platform. This is a good thing. Apparently for an author platform you actually have to have content on your author blog to build an audience. I was blogging whimsically. But that is a no. So I have been blogging regularly on here. Here… Continue reading Content of an author blog
How do you know you are a writer? What is it that makes you a writer? I'll tell you. You write a lot. This one is pretty obvious. Maybe you blog when you are not writing your novel. Maybe you freelance. Maybe you do all of them. You thrive on an excessive amount of caffeine. And… Continue reading How you know you’re a writer
I have written books with pets before. And it is a great concept. I love my pets in the 'real world' so of course, it makes sense some characters would have a pet they adore in their world. In your writing have you considered putting a pet into your fantasy fiction? Here are some pet ideas… Continue reading Writing: What pets to put into your fantasy
Why am I not writing my novel right now? Because I am blogging, of course. But there are many reasons why I might now be writing at any given moment and these are some. All equally valid and probable. I'm editing I swear I spend more time editing than writing. So typically this is… Continue reading Why I’m not writing right now
So the scene is going well but then you just stagnant and get 'stuck'. What will make this flow? What will carry me forth into the next chapter? It is writer's block. It is how do I even get to the next chapter from here. I have been there. This scene is just going nowhere… Continue reading Writing: How to get out of a ‘stuck’ scene
Yes, that headline should be common to every writer. Especially us insomniacs who think about endless things, passing the time while waiting for the elusive Sandman. The man is a bit of a slacker really. Usually, we are struck with brilliance like a bolt from the GODs. Where did this even come from? It is… Continue reading Brilliant idea strikes at sleepy time
Start writing Take a break and look at Facebook Grab a caffeinated drink. Back to writing a different story because an idea popped into your head Respond to a notification on Facebook because it was an interesting conversation you had commented on. Realize it had turned into Politics. Make inflammatory political remark for fun. Watch… Continue reading How to not write a book
I think what people fail to understand is that I can't eat exposure. And a lot of these sites... well the exposure isn't all that much of a motivation for me. Occasionally it works to the writers benefit and certainly promotions do, but we really have self-esteem issues and give into this exposure thing way… Continue reading Just work for free I guess… not
They said I was a great writer. They said they loved my writing. They loved my blog. They would love for me to come write for them monthly. For how much? For exposure. Damned exposure. So far I cannot eat exposure. Nothing against exposure. Gets my name out there. Gets people coming back to… Continue reading Too much Exposure work not enough pay
There is a program where you can insert your text and it will tell you what sort of writer you write like. It can be checked out HERE I got Harry Harrison who is a scifi writer. I had chosen a fantasy novel for my selection. Never read his work since I rarely read in… Continue reading Personality type and your writing?
Science Shows Something Surprising About People Who Love to Write There are "long-term improvements in mood, stress levels and depressive symptoms. In a 2005 study on the emotional and physical health benefits of expressive writing, researchers found that just 15 to 20 minutes of writing three to five times over the course of the four-month… Continue reading The benefits of writing
I have to say as an introvert I am not big on the talky talky unless I am nervous or you get me going on something that I really enjoy like philosophy (has the side effect of boring everyone else generally for some reason. Which is weird. Philosophy rocks!). Point being, not going to go… Continue reading True? Or extremely true?
I heard this question asked in a Facebook writing group. When did you want to be a writer? It reminded me of some pleasant memories really. Of being a preteen and writing out these long novelettes, then typing them out on my mothers typewriter. tap, tap, tap *Bing* Swoosh. It was great. Eventually she upgraded… Continue reading When did you want to be a writer?
I think one frustration about being a blogger is that you get offers to blog for other people. They love your writing. They think it is fantastic. It would work perfect for their site! Awesome. They would love for you to come work for them. For free. This is my other blog by the way.… Continue reading This poor blogger wonders…
10 Things to stop doing to yourself as a writer had some interesting points to consider. I think I do more than these to be honest. Writers... we love to beat ourselves up about our writing. "Stop being afraid. Aspiring writers are experts at being afraid. Are you afraid of failure or success? You’ll never… Continue reading What do you to that gets in the way of your writing?