I’m sure that most everyone with any experience in writing will agree that, regardless of our usual excitement for a project, we’ll always hit at least one wall along the way—meaning a towering Goliath of fortified stone and metal erected between us and our goal. A solution that I frequently see proposed is simply an … Continue reading I Write When I Want (Word Count)
I'm still in the process of deciding if I'd like to post each new chapter of my current work in progress here as I write them. I have family and friends that are impatient to read what I come up with next. For those of you who are still strangers to me, consider this an … Continue reading Original Fiction #1
Hello to all of my twelve followers! This is a short post today--I wouldn't even consider this an article in the traditional sense. However, I still think there's value here. This is the first of what I anticipate to be a series of similar exercises in creative description. As a fiction writer (primarily in Sci-Fi/Fantasy), … Continue reading Descriptive Prompt #1: The Tree
Any prospective author should start with some knowledge about the publishing industry as an entity. Until researching for this post, I had always assumed that the publishing industry was too nebulous a thing to produce any helpful statistics for strategic planning. Boy was I wrong. I went through a handful of books on the subject … Continue reading So You Want to Publish… Where Do You Start?
And… We’re back with the promised second part of The Suffering Writer: A Lesson from the King. Last time, I claimed that, as writers: “we’re thinkers—and too much for our own good.” This absolutely applies to me and I think it’s accurate for you too. I’ll make a brief case for why this is true, mostly … Continue reading 3 Solutions for the Writer’s Doldrums
Many of you may already be familiar with the popular image of the suffering writer/starving artist, the author whose fits of passion or despair fuel his work. Though I was a doctoral medical student for a short time before succumbing to my own inner demons, I won’t pretend to be an expert on the subject. … Continue reading The Suffering Writer: A Lesson from the King
Why do we write? Because of Frodo and Sam, but more on that in a minute. What is it about writing that appeals so strongly to some of us? We have to know that most of us won’t reach the same level of success as Stephen King or Neil Gaiman. Yet, that doesn’t stop many … Continue reading Eagles, or the Long Haul?