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 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”
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”
The population keeps on growing, and it keeps getting easier to be one in a million at something. Or does it? One of the most startling things about being an author has been realizing the number of people out there who want to be authors. It’s a little mind-blowing. There are numbers on the internet that I never would have believed before, saying that somewhere between eighty and ninety percent of Americans want to write a book.
Having been published for a few years, I believe it now.
According to the numbers, wanting to write a book is not enough to make you one in a million. Viewed mathematically, it is enough to make you what could roughly be estimated as one in one. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – One in a Million?”
We’ll start this with my usual disclaimer. I’m not calling myself on expert on any of this author stuff, or anything silly like that. There are so many levels and layers of learning to writing and publishing, I know I’ll never put down my metaphorical pen and say, “okay, I’m done”. To whatever degree that might aggravate some folks who aren’t in love with the process, it delights those of us that are. We’re the writers least likely to notice when the books are or aren’t selling, and most likely to keep writing either way. I’m an expert only on knowing that this is what I was born to do, and experienced enough to know that the only thing between me and knowledge is more learning.
Hey, I can do that. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #021 – Building a World”
Well, you know what this is. You’re reading one right now. The weekly blog can serve a variety of purposes; we’ll only go into a few here. There’s no reason to write a weekly blog unless you have a reason to write a weekly blog. There, I said it. It seems obvious, doesn’t it? Well, it didn’t to me. I tried to go weekly for awhile there, in the beginning. It was way too much for me, and it wasn’t doing much to represent me or my books. I pulled back, and narrowed my focus to get the ‘Walking Between Worlds’ trilogy written. The blog went out monthly for awhile, and the books came out in a timely manner.
Then came ‘The Year of the Zombie’. It brought with it some helpful tools like a writing program and a strict writing schedule, which combined nicely with the experience my first four books had given me. Finally, I had time to write a blog every week. Also, I had something I wanted to say. One is as important as the other, in my opinion. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – A Weekly Blog”
When it comes time to impress someone with how much goes into writing a book, it’s easy to start listing endless complicated steps. When it’s time to really break it down for the writer on the way to becoming an author, it’s just as easy to take heart. My habit of pointing out that Today’s Writer has it easier than ever may delight some, and annoy others; nowhere is this more true than in the realm of research.
There used to be a lot more know-it-alls in the world, if you don’t remember. Google almost single-handedly put them all out of business, except in the most remote or web-controlled areas. They still talk their shit, of course; but we can point out that it is indeed shit they are talking now. It’s pretty wonderful, except for all those out of work know-it-alls. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #019 – The Research”