The view out my window shows gently falling snow and frosted fir trees. Pretty, so long as I’m sitting here looking out the window. Less so when I head out… Read more A Writer’s Introduction to Life Rolls →
I’ve always loved to draw. As a kid, I didn’t think about it as a career path—not like writing. I’ve practiced drawing and painting digitally over the past few years.… Read more Square House Design | Fun T-Shirts on Amazon Merch and Redbubble →
I didn’t think about cash streams when I started writing. My basic understanding was that I’d write something, send it out, and I’d either get paid for it or not. Of course, this was back before the Web and before the current age of self-publishing (which has been the model in the past). I wasn’t thinking about cash streams or about different ways I might use the copyright on that work. I also didn’t consider how long I could continue to benefit from my intellectual property.
Take a lesson from the tortoise in your self-publishing career and focus on achievable steps.
Writing doesn’t take much time. If you figure on a 1,000 words per hour pace, you can plan how much time you need to write a novel. If it’s an 80,000-word novel—80 hours. At a 17 Words Per Minute (WPM) typing speed.
Why do I dig the Creative Penn podcast? It is smart, funny, and brings in many authors, publishers, and other creative voices.
Fear is a serial killer. Creativity, productivity, confidence—fear kills them all. And writers often fear many things. Rejection tops many lists in its various guises. We might rework a story or novel because on a deep level we feel it is not good enough. We develop rituals to handle the fear even if we fail to recognize that the real problem is that we are afraid.
Realizing that your novel (or story) doesn’t matter will set you free to create without limits!
As writers, we know the importance of making a good first impression with our book covers. I’m working on improving my covers right now, as a part of the reboot project.
Where do you get your ideas for stories? Do they come in the mail along with other assorted junk destined for landfills? Or maybe the muse’s breath tickles the fine hairs on your neck with whispered inspiration? I’ve heard that some ideas are inhaled on the misty vapors of a hot shower. A man I knew in New York swore that he got his best ideas while eating big, crisp, dill pickles as long as his hand.
Sensory details draw readers into your story or novel. This post looks at examples of openings using each sense.