This post is going to be kind of short, but I think it’s important. Right now I’m making final preparations for the beta reading of Holding My Breath, and I really don’t feel like it. By preparations, I mean going through with one final round of editing. And every single time I go to edit, I just groan because I’ve already read over this story so many times already.
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I of all people know what it’s like to have to come up with an idea for something to write about. There are so many pieces that have to fit: setting, characters, themes, plot points. I mean, it’s either going to be the easiest or hardest part of the writing process. In the case of this post, I’m going to talk about how to get started when it’s hard to get those ideas to stick.
Continue reading Idea Collecting…
Have you found that perfect name yet? The one that encompasses all of the symbolism and emotion and themes and plot of that book that took you months and months and even years to write?
No? Well, I’m gonna try and help you out with that.
Continue reading Naming Your Book
I’ve been getting a lot of requests for me to publish my first book or at least let people read it. Seriously, someone tried to steal my copy of the book so they could read it…
It isn’t like Holding My Breath, which is actually pretty good (or at least I think that right now. I’ll probably call it a piece of crap soon. Artist mood swings hate me). This was my first book, which I wrote in middle school. But even though it isn’t as good as HMB, I figured it shouldn’t sit a shelf unread…
So I’m letting people read it for free…
Continue reading DECEPTION
I’ve been getting a lot of requests to do some posts about publishing. I was a little reluctant to do this since I, myself, am kinda new to the world of publishing. So to compromise, I’m going to give you the pros and cons of something I know a lot about, self publishing and traditional publishing.
The first thing you need to decide when you are beginning to publish is whether you want to go with traditional publishing or self publishing. Here are some of the pros and cons that I’ve found during my time in the publishing world. Next week I’ll also have a post that relates to publishing, but it will probably be about something that you can do for your book now, before it’s published.
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If you are a writer, then the word “Deadline” makes you want to shrivel up in your shell. And never come back out. I don’t know about you, but it definitely doesn’t help me to write. The whole act of writing is my choice, not something that I’m required to do. I don’t enjoy it unless it feels free and alive like that, not all blocked in.
Some people get pumped to write and get stuff done because of their deadlines, but that makes it even more unfortunate for the rest of us who just cower back and stare at blank Word documents.
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I’m finding very quickly that it is sort of impossible to actually focus on editing. I’ve gotten to the point lately where I set aside two hours to edit and only get a half of a chapter done. And by done, I mean I highlighted stuff and gave up.
No wait, I’m pretty sure I deleted half of that chapter, too.
For example, I started this post three hours ago, took a nap, ate some peanut butter, took another nap, and now I’m finally getting back to it. I’m pretty sure I studied somewhere in there, so let’s just blame it on school.
Today I’m going to give you three simple pointers on how to stay focused. And yes, these do work, but I suck at sticking to them so it’s kind of my own fault. After this post, I’m going to take my own advice, too.
Continue reading How to focus on your work
Tonight’s post is going to be kinda long, but fun. I was going to write some philosophical and inspiring post on what it means to be a writer… eh. Maybe later. Instead, here are ten signs that you are going crazy.
I mean, here are ten signs that you are a writer…
And what to do if you happen to see one at work. This is not only a great way to diagnose those of our species, but also how to act around them.
Continue reading 10 Signs you are a Writer
I just wanted to let you know that I’ve written a guest post for the up and coming literary magazine, The Drowning Gull! Click here to go read it.
Why are you writing? I know the basic reasons already. To inspire, to learn something, to teach something. We all have our own personal reasons for writing. We all have stories we want to tell. But, technically, there are four reasons an author writes a story. Four purposes. Let’s try to identify which one fits you so that you can use it to enhance your story. To persuade, to inform, to express, or to entertain?
Continue reading Author’s Purpose