Monthly Archives: December 2013

So Much For 2013 (My Writing Resolutions)

Time to see what I wanted to accomplish in 2013 versus what I did accomplish. So, here were my 2013 writing resolutions: 1. Write and submit 12 short stories. 2. Finish at least the first draft of Novel B. 3. … Continue reading

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Where Are We Headed?

It seems it’s that time of year when people start to think about what next year might look like. A few interesting takes on the whole thing: Things To Come by Hayden Trenholm of Bundoran Press.  (And the follow-up article, … Continue reading

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When A Book Makes You Feel Inadequate

I’m reading through the stack of books that my mom has given me to read over the last year or two. (Too many books, too little time!) I’m 300 pages into the most recent book and I finally decided that … Continue reading

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Don’t Advertise Too Much

It’s that time of year again…The time of year when companies end up in my Junk Mail folder because they can’t stop sending me advertising messages. I get it.  It’s the holidays.  Lots of money to be spent.  And everyone … Continue reading

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I Hate The Humble Brag

Even though I’m occasionally guilty of it myself. So, what do I define as the humble brag?  That post someone makes on a forum about how they think their writing just isn’t good enough even though they keep getting five … Continue reading

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What Kind of Published Writer Do You Want To Be?

By this I mean, what types of books do you want to write for your career? That’s why I threw the “published” into that question.  If you’re just writing for you and your friends and family you can pretty much … Continue reading

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Change vs. Uncertainty

I actually like change.  It’s inevitable.  Nothing stays the same for long.  So, when change happens I just roll with the punches and adjust to my new reality. Uncertainty on the other hand…. It drives me frickin’ nuts.  I hate … Continue reading

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Multiple Viewpoint Novels Are Tricky

Not impossible, obviously.  Look at GRRM’s or Robert Jordan’s success. BUT.  It’s very easy to screw up a novel by using more than one viewpoint character. I think some genres, like romance, have built-in assumptions that make this easier.  If … Continue reading

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Let’s Talk Ethics

You’d think ethics wouldn’t be a big deal as a writer.  You write a book, you publish it (trade or self), and then you either get sales or you don’t. Or at least that’s what I used to think.  Boy … Continue reading

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Predicting Where Things Are Headed and Timing

Here’s a fact: If you can reliably predict where an industry is headed–any industry–AND you can predict the timing of the changes that will occur in that industry, you will be worth your weight in gold. Because, fact of the … Continue reading

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