There are so many different things in this digital age to distract us from writing. The picture to the left is of Ernest Hemingway typing a novel on the beach, but the days when a writer could isolate themselves from their tech may be completely gone. Even though I love writing (the process, the planning, the function and the therapy) sometimes after a hard day at work or a long day of work on Saturday doing numerous housekeeping tasks I just don’t feel like it, and I’m sure
The television season finales were a month ago, and for a month now nothing new has aired. We have two (or three) more months until new content is added. What will I do with myself? I recently moved to the Northern Hemisphere, where this tragedy occurs at the beginning of summer, not winter. Instead of bracing myself for months of cold winter evenings with only re-runs and board games for entertainment, I have summer to look forward to – barbecues, summer reads and leisure
Josh Mosey, who runs a blog here on WordPress is a marketing manager who owns his own marketing business, specializing in creating print materials for the publishing industry. He has also worked at a book store for many years. I was able to interview him about his industry and how he relates to self-publishers like myself. 1. How did you get into the book sales industry?
I’ve always loved books, but I never set out to work in a bookstore. My degree is in Recreation (think
Yesterday I brought up the point that it is strange how James Patterson completes the herculean task of churning out 12 best sellers in a year. Today I found an info graphic by Mariah Bear that is a humorous satire of what it takes to get published these days, but it is also laden with truth. Take a look at it, then join me at the bottom for a few thoughts. 1. Catch 22 – From the looks of things, books take a while to go through the machine of editors, designers, interns,
Samantha Shannon is being touted as the next J.K. Rowling. Time will tell. I read an article today about Samantha Shannon who will release a novel entitled The Bone Season this year. She is a literature student at Oxford University and many people say she could be the next billion dollar author, as her book will be one of seven books in a series. She has everything going for her: a great premise, an education in writing, and a publisher willing to go out on a limb and publis
Image courtesy i09.com One of my most popular posts is Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers, in which I glean from J.R.R. Tolkien’s letters of his wisdom about writing. Today I will delve into his letters again, but will focus on the epic character Aragorn and ask Professor Tolkien how he created great characters. 1. Motivational Mirrors – Tolkien writes: “I think the simple ‘rustic’ love of Sam and his Rosie (nowhere elaborated) is absolutely essential to the study of his (the ch
Metaphors are one of the most used literary devices in the English language second only to similes. The problem with using similes is that they often cause your writing to become a mine field of quantifiers. (i.e. His breath was like the foul smell of a garbage heap and his face was like a pock marked pizza.) Metaphors can describe a scene, a character, an action or an idea in a way that the reader may not notice consciously but helps you show them what you are seeing in y
Here I am standing next to Yan Di the Chinese god of agriculture who is very intimidating... not really. I am sure that if you have attended any creative writing courses at all , you have heard the old addage “Show, don’t tell.” This is referring to the idea that amateur writers often tell us about the action in their narrative rather than “showing” events through imagery, figurative language and good description. Over the years, I have found some tips to help with this con
Breaking Dawn is one of Stephanie Meyer’s most popular books, but it has within its pages a literary device that is something good writers should learn to use properly: deus ex machina. Deus ex machina is defined by my handy Dictionary of Literary Terms & Theory (Penguin) as: “any unanticipated intervener who resolves a difficult situation, in any literary genre.” The term is Latin for “god out of the machine” and refers to a device used in ancient Greek drama by which a “god
My biggest critic, my mother is my average reader, is beautiful and I love her. She finds every type-o. One of the most difficult tasks of writing a long novel is the ability to create a narrative style that is unique, flows well, and remains consistent throughout the 50,000 words or so required for a novel. It also must be a style that catches a reader’s eye from the first few pages. I have listed a few tips as to how a writer might achieve this: 1. Regionalism – Where do
I really can’t remember why or how I found out about Scrivener, or as I like to call it “The Novelist’s Friend”. I downloaded it back in December of 2011 and use it every day. Many of my friends who really know me look at me with raised eyebrows and crooked mouths when I mention it to them, but I will not use Word unless I have to (mostly on my job as a teacher) and will never go back to using it again for personal writing. I used to be a Word lover. I used to spend hours
Scrivener is probably one of the best word processors out there for novelists. I use it every day and find it more easy to use than Word or any of the others. One of the reasons this is true for me is found in the overly helpful help function. All one has to do is to type in a search term like “title” or “front matter” or “chapter” in the help bar and viola, it shows the user the tool bar path to what they might need. In exploring the use of this program I have discovered
Corey M.P.! I have only been blogging seriously now since December, and have had some pretty good success in building my platform this way. I blog on several topics, mostly writing, but sometimes I have to sound off on several diverse topics. I guess that makes me versatile. The rules of accepting the nomination:
Thank the person who nominated me. Done.
Include a link to his/her blog. Done.
Nominate fifteen blogs I enjoy and follow. That’s easy. I follow a lot of great b
I’m out of the woods with the bronchitis, and it has given me a great load of time to think about what I’ll do once I get back to school and try to wrangle my students right before spring break is ticked off the calendar. I basically had a bronchitis break from school as I have missed nearly every day since last Wednesday because I could barely rise out of bed. Forgive me, but I didn’t even write anything. Well, I take that back. I did write this: 10 Things to to When Affl
A short story I submitted to Kindle Singles is now up. It is available on Amazon Kindle and on the Nook. I formatted the book for Kindle and for Nook using Scrivener. …and hey, it’s only .99 cents! The Kindle version is found here. The Nook version is found here. If you buy a copy, please write a review of it. I’d appreciate that very much! #writing #nook #amazonkindle #gadgets #literature #scrivener #shortstory #technology #kindle #flashfiction #SelfPublishing #books #com
I have been writing off and on since the age of 15, but only seriously now for five years. I have a list of books I want to write someday after finishing the adventure parody epic I’m writing right now. For many of these I have outlines or have started them. Here they are: 1. Untitled Roman Soldier Novel – I want to write a first person novel from the perspective of a Roman soldier in jail telling his life story to a cell mate. In this story, he relates how he (on the per
I just finished a rather lengthy project for a friend and now after two weeks I’m coming back to the novel I am writing. I started in on a chapter last night and just found that the juices that were flowing two weeks ago had been completely used up to finish the paid project I was doing before it. I am not letting this get me down, and I am not letting this keep me from getting back to my novel. Here are a few things I do to get back into the swing of things. Take a Step O
; As a teacher, I have many students who are also athletes who struggle so hard to be very good at their chosen sport as well as work very hard academically to make the grade. My hat is off to these students who as a whole are forced to work harder at academics because of the demands of their sport (i.e. late hours, long bus rides, time out of the classroom). Let me first say that I am in no way against sports. Sports help students understand the importance of exercise and
I recently had the pleasure of being asked to write a motivational book for a friend who is a motivational speaker. It wasn’t much, just a 7 day booklet that had five very short stories or vignettes that illustrated 7 different concepts about teen leadership. The booklet was really successful, and I did the work pro bono because he was my friend and it wasn’t really that much work for me. He passes out the booklet at his speaking engagement to help students further examine
I sat at a round table, a lovely white silken tablecloth draped over it, and on top of that, centered perfectly a glass lazy susan with a myriad of colorful dishes ranging from some strange purple yam to chicken feet to soft green plants that tasted strangely like licorice. We had ordered some time ago, and were waiting for the roast duck to arrive. We had heard that it was the best roast duck in the city and we had taken our friend out for his birthday so that he could enjo