Artists have known for some time what studies are only now starting to report: art is as fulfilling as parenthood. The artist is rewarded by the same chemicals produced while creating their art as parents are by parenthood. All those emotions we thought only belonged to parents actually flow freely in the artist as well. Looking in your kid’s eyes and feeling awash with love is actually exactly the same as looking at your art as it is created and after it is finished. Some would go so far as to say that creating art is potentially much more fulfilling, but we don’t want to insult all those folks that think they’re somehow special because they are popping out babies like so many others. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #015 – Your Books Are Your Babies”
The best time to write about something is often when it has been a subject of much thought lately. So it is with word count, and goals, for me. Setting goals for myself, reminding myself that it was not just me I was letting down if I missed the mark, and keeping to a schedule has brought my writing game to a new level these last few months. In fact, when I first started making the time to write every day I got way ahead of schedule; soon I saw the value in having a word limit maximum for the day as well as a minimum.
Well, things keep changing…as things do. After a few months of beating my minimum word count of a thousand by as much as three thousand on several occasions, I set that maximum. It was largely an exercise in discipline, to see if I could do it. And I did…kind of. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – To Be Completely Honest”
Goals are important for just about anyone who wants to get something difficult done. It’s important to have a timeline, preferably one that both challenges you and gives you a little wiggle room if you stay on track. I learned this the way I have learned many of my lessons. Alas, the hard way is often my way. It doesn’t have to be for you, though; let me tell you what I wish I had known about eighteen months ago. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #014 – Publishing Goals”
So there I was, with a head full of ideas and the commitment to get started leaving my legacy. And a bunch of blank pages. Right away I remembered something I had learned along the way: working on a project every day is one of the best ways to get it done. Making the time for it shows both you and the Universe that you are serious enough to make that time; with an attitude to go with that strict schedule, you can really get started and keep going. In fact, you can do just about anything. It will, of course, take some time; that’s why we schedule for it. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #010 – An Hour A Day”
This is a very appropriate day for this post, for a couple of good reasons. First, it’s Indie Pride Day! It’s like Thanksgiving for independent authors and publishers, an opportunity to be grateful for all the possibilities and relationships available in today’s writer’s world. The community of indie authors is a big one, and many make it a point to support other indie authors in various ways throughout the year. Today is a chance to say ‘Thank You’ to all those folks lending that support. It’s also a day to stop, take a breath, and feel a little pride for the work you have put in since last Indie Pride Day. Humility is important, but so is acknowledging how hard you’ve been working. Those milestones flew by because it was you at the wheel; today you get to pat yourself on the back for that. Okay, now get back to work!
Just kidding. Please, keep reading. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #009 – Paving the Path”
There’s a popular definition of the day job out there, one that I can understand. Folks often call it ‘just over broke’, after the flood of financial self-help books that started hitting bookshelves in the eighties decided everything needed to be a clever (or not so clever) acronym. They never stopped coming, the books or the acronyms; as a faithful reader of books that make my life better, I know a lot of them. This is one that I was glad to see explored more deeply by the thoughtful self-help gurus who see that happiness is about more than financial wealth. Not everyone with a job is just over broke; even if they are, they might not be bound to this state for life. Like anything, a job is more about attitude than popular perception or definition. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #008 – A Good Day Job”
Back when I was struggling to write one or two books a year, I had an awful idea. I decided I would write a column for an online publication outside the Sudden Insight umbrella. It was a bad idea because I was writing so slow, and had too many other things to do. Also, the money was not worth mentioning; it makes more sense to offer something for free on our website than essentially give it away to someone else’s. Now that I’m doing a column of sorts, I’m even more relieved that it all fell through than I was when it first did. ‘Why I Love To Write’ is a better idea than ‘Norry’s Toolbox’ was. Of course, as a guy with many literal and metaphorical toolboxes, I still think it was pretty clever.
I was going to edit it; but I already did, multiple times. Rather than give you an updated version, I’ll let you know that this is an old post; when this all gets compiled, this section will change a bit. In the meantime, it’s a fine place to get started. I hope you enjoy it, the first article that never was from the column that never will be. (Well, never say never…)
Norry’s Toolbox #001
“Sometimes You’re the Hammer . . .” Continue reading “Why I Love To Write Bonus Post – That’s a Lot of Words”
Anyone that has ever learned anything difficult knows that it takes practice. There’s a saying that has become popular recently in regards to mastery, and that saying has a lot of people spending a lot of time on things they will never master. It’s one thing to get good at something; it’s quite another to master it. There are at least two sides to this argument, and both of them throw this seemingly arbitrary number into question.
The first argument is simple, and will make sense immediately to anyone living on a realistic version of Earth. We don’t all have the same advantages and disadvantages. Whether it’s physically or mentally or spiritually, some of us are very blessed and some of us are truly cursed; most of us are a creative mix of both. The mixture is different for each of us, though; and that’s why certain things come easier to certain people. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #007 – The Myth of Ten Thousand Hours”
Greetings from the future! I have not sent this post back in time to rub anyone’s nose in how easy things are in my time. This is simply me once again blurring the line between factual and unbelievable. Like life so often does. To be completely honest, it is entirely possible that I am a consciousness that has been downloaded into a machine at least once. It’s hard to tell, these days; robots and people look too much alike, and the former are of course in charge of everything. Don’t feel bad for us; you’re the one that has to call a plumber, or soil your own clumsy organic hands. But they also get to select which memories we get to have, so there is that.
I have heard of great minds being downloaded many times. It seems a little ridiculous; all I have to do is ponder something for a moment and hit print. The thought of several versions of me doing the same with other parts of my mind is both flattering and disturbing; unfortunately, the duplicates don’t get to know there are others like them. Surely the robots have good reason for this. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #006 – Tomorrow’s Writer”
The two things that I knew needed to be mentioned would not fit in one post, with all the other things I felt I had to say. They’re so important, I am writing a bonus post to make sure we get into them enough. The first is publishing; I forget how treacherous the path to getting published can be for some folks. That problem got solved for me a long time ago by my partner, and there’s been no looking back. She posted her own series of blogs about it, to help out the author looking to do it themselves. It’s a fantastic series, and a great way for some folks to get moving. However, there are a number of concerns that have come up since we got started, and self-publishing does not address those concerns. Dawn will be doing more series blogs about these devilish details; but I’ll tell you what little I know about publishing.
There are still companies out there that will pay advances, and start to pay 3-12% royalties to those authors once the advance has been paid back to them in sales. We talked about this world in ‘Yesterday’s Writer’; I have no desire to go into it further here. The other end is doing it all yourself, which Dawn is so kindly helping so many folks with. There is a middle ground, however; and I’d be remiss not to mention it. When I decided to self-publish, I found someone to do it for me. Dawn was not back in my life yet, and computers frightened me back then; it took a while, but I found a pretty good deal on a pretty good service. Continue reading “Why I Love To Write #005 – Today’s Writer (Part 2 of 2)”