As a creative, someone who is hyper-sensitive to emotional cues, I am bombarded with this so much that I am overwhelmed. Sitting down to write about it is at once therapeutic and also necessary. I’ve decided to do a few things to get me through it, and also to help me actually get back to writing.
Sometimes the self-publishing game can be quite discouraging. We write a mediocre novel, give it to beta readers, focus groups, writing groups, and make it better. We take some writing courses, improve our skills, then write something else entirely different. We set our own deadlines. We break our own deadlines. We have to do allContinue reading “The Evolution of Self-Publishing And Why You Should Keep At It”
Will Rogers, a famous Oklahoma humorist, once quipped “If you don’t like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it’ll change.” Of course this is a statement echoed around the world. I’ve heard the same phrase spoken in several states, and recently heard that it is voiced in other countries as well, as farContinue reading “If You Don’t Like the Weather in Oklahoma…”
I have taught writing for years and years and I’ve been a writer for twice that long. I’m writing this blog post today for the writers out there who are thinking of “hanging it up”. If you have tried your hand at this writing gig and you don’t like it, then just do something else.Continue reading “Writing Requires Discipline”
And now it is time for a Saturday morning pep talk, writers. Simon Van Booy, writer of several short stories, novels and other award winning text, who has also written some intriguing philosophy books, gives his two cents on writing and planning a novel…and why everyone should. This is worth a listen. Running time 17:51.
This quote by one of my favorite writers (Harlan Ellison) is irrevocably true. How many students have I taught to write over the years who most likely do not use that skill now that they are adults? I’m sure the number is more than I’m willing to admit. I consider myself a pretty prolific writer. I’veContinue reading “5 Ways to Stay a Writer”
My son Conner is a little bit of a film nut, and we have recently set him up with a YouTube channel and given him the freedom to shoot his own bizarre little films. His current effort is a little film called “Last Year’s Pizza”, something he directed and gathered props for, and then directedContinue reading “Comedy Clip: My Son’s New Video”
I looked at my sales report for the month of April, and discovered that I had actually sold 5 print editions of my two new novels combined. One could become very depressed about that, spiraling down into a pit of deep despair until Prince Humperdink sets the “machine” to 50 out of rage. Yet IContinue reading “A Whopping 5 Copies!”
Today Ryan posed an interesting question: “What would make you quit writing?” When we recorded this podcast, Ryan hadn’t written anything in nearly a month, and was really bogged down in it. Maybe you are suffering from the same problem. Should you continue or hang it up? I think we have some very good answersContinue reading “New Podcast Up: What Would Make You Quit Writing?”
I have been writing since the age of 14. I began writing because I took a high school creative writing class and found that my peers at the time thought I had a knack for it and also I loved doing it. I loved the process, the meticulous nature of it, and the joy IContinue reading “What Could Have Been: When One of Your Ideas Ends Up On Screen”