Making it a point to think deeply on what I will be writing before I sit down to write each day is important to me. It helps me to be able to sit down and type without the fetter of constant over-thinking. (Not that I don’t overthink: I just over-think it first, so I can let things flow later.) Everything I write gets edited to some degree, by me a couple times and then by my editor and proofreader; but there are some things she never sees, because every once in a while I’m just not happy with a piece. Sometimes it’s a scene or a chapter in a book, and other times it’s a blog post or newsletter message. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – ‘Original Introduction’, or ‘#000 version 1.0’”
There has not been a lot of advice about balance on this blog, and there’s good reason for that: I have very little experience with balance. My idea of balancing is much more reminiscent of juggling, and my greatest talent is my ability to move pretty quickly. It helps with many important things, juggling being one of the most important.
Don’t get me wrong; time management is one of my specialties, and one of the reasons I can move so swiftly in so many different directions. But time management and schedule management are two very different things, and I have only managed to fail so miserably at one for so long because I really am quite good at the other.
It’s time for that to change. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #026 – Putting It All Together”
The best way to start this post out is with a disclaimer. I might seem a little harsh when I’m telling writers and authors how much responsibility they have towards their books and their legacy. I don’t mean it to sound that way, except towards myself. I got in touch with my inner drill sergeant a long time ago, and much of who I am and what I have came from letting the guy be a little brutal with me from time to time. In the end that’s what this blog is, one long letter to Yesterday Jay. If it sounds like I’m being a bit forceful about my more than occasional kick in the pants rant, don’t take it personally.
He’s my drill sergeant; that’s my job. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – If I Just Reach One Person”
It’s pretty rare for a month to go by where I don’t make some kind of comment about the way all of our collective problems seem rooted in excessive propagation of our species by less than ideal propagators. There is one thing that explosive population growth is good for, though. On any given day, there are more people on this planet than there were the day before. On any given day, more children become adults than ever before. (The first should give hope to the YA author; the second gives hope to those of us writing for our worldly readers.)
We may be using up more oil every day than ever before, and more water and even precious air; there are all kinds of things that we only have so much of that are threatened by there being so many of us. There is one thing that some of us can’t get enough of, though; and the more people that make more people, the better our odds of finding them. They’re the Blessed Reader, of course; and it’s nice to remember that they are one natural resource that is very far from being endangered or extinct. Every generation seems to worry that the next generation won’t read, and that literature will die as they take control of the world.
That is so not going to happen. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #025 – A Million Friends”
It wasn’t all that long ago that I breathed a sigh of relief, glad to be done with all the writing I had planned for the ‘Year of the Zombie’. I mean, I still have this blog to finish…but that’s pretty well ahead of schedule, and feels easy after the list of tasks I set for myself to build a small library of books in one year that all began with the words ‘Zombie Zero’. I had three months to plan next year, and lay out a schedule; anything I wrote on top of that was total bonus content for me.
Then I heard about #NaNoWriMo. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – #NaNoWriMo”
There have been quite a few mentions of the many ways that a dedicated author can reach readers in this series. It’s a big part of any author’s life that is serious about their work, and that’s why it gets mentioned so much. That’s not all that gets mentioned a lot, though.
I also make no bones about the fact that this is me just getting started being that dedicated and serious author. I refer to myself as an amateur far more often than I call myself a professional when I talk about my writing. As someone who is familiar with becoming skilled at difficult things, I am totally comfortable with the fact that I have a lot to learn before I call myself a professional author. As I learn, I make it a point to share it here. Most of those learnings are things I read somewhere or hear on podcasts or experience firsthand, and I try to shine the most positive light on whatever aspect of authoring I am addressing. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – To Fest, or Not to Fest”
If there is one thing that has always been important to me, it’s reading. When I did it for escape, it saved me from the reality that was trying to shape me into something other than I longed to be. Books show us that there isn’t just a whole other world out there; there are endless other worlds out there! Reading can give sweet escape to the overwhelmed, a fresh perspective to an old and tired viewpoint, and a whole new start to what may have otherwise been a dead end life. I should know; it did all those things for me. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #024 – The Blessed Reader”
Some philosophies are strongly based in gratitude, and it’s hard to argue much of their reasoning. Sometimes it really does seem as though the only way to get more is to be grateful for what we already have. Other times it sounds like these folks are telling us that the secret to having what we want is to want what we have. That’s all well and good if all you long for is contentment, but if you have dreams to fulfill it simply will not be enough.
It’s still something that is good to practice, if gratitude is not something that flows naturally for any of us. Gratitude can give us perspective, and show us that what we consider rock bottom may actually be several times easier than the best that other people ever get to have it. Comparisons are horrible things when we look up, unless we’re looking up to learn. They can be awful when we look down as well, unless the looking is done with compassion. Then we can see that no matter how bad we think we’ve got it, there are likely a lot of people who would be happy to kill you with their bare hands to have your life.
Way to lighten things up, hmmm? Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #023 – The Gifts of Gratitude”
There’s a phrase that I have heard a number of times since publishing my first book. It’s one of those phrases that people think sound profound or impressive when they say it; to me, it sounds a little strange. A peculiar thing happens when you become an author, and start letting folks know that you wrote a book or three. You get to find out how many other people there are out there that have always wanted to write or publish a book. We talked a little about that in last week’s bonus post, ‘One in a Million?’; we learned or were reminded that between eighty and ninety percent of Americans want to write a book.
Want to have a little more fun with precise numbers, and hear what some author hopefuls say to explain why they should be what they want to be? Here’s the first one, and the worst one in my opinion. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – Writing My Whole Life!”
There were some authors out there that I could never get into. The ones that I did almost always had something to say about publishers in general, and editors in particular. I’d quote some of them here, but I like to keep the swearing to a minimum on my blog. Suffice it to say that most of my favorite authors talked about picking their battles, resisting making long-term sacrifices for short-term gain, and questioning how most editors got their jobs and kept them. The happy ending comes after many books and fans have been amassed, and they finally get to tell their publisher to print the next book how they wrote it.
That’s all changed. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #022 – Edited to Death”