Category: Professionalism

  • The Wishbone Conspiracy: Yesterday and today

    The Wishbone Conspiracy: Yesterday and today

    Yesterday, a couple things went wrong. First, the writing dragged because I didn’t know where the novel was going. I made it up to 21,843 words — so it wasn’t a complete wreck. But it was not that flowing, flying race against the timer that is so fun. Second, I chose to get sidetracked figuring…

  • No Man’s Sky: They Nailed It!

    No Man’s Sky: They Nailed It!

    In spite of everything (and there’s a lot of “everything” going on right now), I took the entire day off yesterday to play a video game. Not just any video game, though. The one for which I went out and bought a Playstation several years ago, and the one for which I dug out my…

  • Writing contest sites, and fiction versus the NBA

    I never recommend writing contest sites that charge an entry fee. No exceptions. I’ve never entered one, because I was out to make a living from my writing, and contests were an unnecessary diversion from my path. Your mileage may vary. But I received an interesting request from someone building a “perpetual writing contest site”…

  • Don’t miss the Writing Live Chat FIVE, Aug. 18, 2015

    The chat will start at 1PM EDT. It may run over an hour (the last one did). Here’s your invitation if you haven’t yet signed up: http://app.webinarjam.net/register/4436/e963ecd928 Here’s our discussion schedule: Genre: Discussing What Genre Isn’t, and Why This Matters When To Go to War Over a Book…And When NOT To Writing As A Business…

  • LAST CALL — Free live writing chat today, with a little writing workshop thrown in

    I’ve set up today’s writing chat so I should be able to answer some live questions along with the ones asked previously. IF YOU HAVE WRITING QUESTIONS… Today’s topics are: Story Planning (Plotting) Character Development Writing from Different Points of View What About Genre Writer Myths AND Writing Myths Revision and Editing (Are NOT Synonyms) And I…

  • Follow-up on my resignation from SFWA, with statement from SFWA’s president

    Where this comes from: A new SFWA member happy to have qualified—who is also one of my writing students—contacted me privately to present misrepresentations of what I said here that were being presented in SFWA’s private forums. I will post MY first reply, the reply from SFWA President Steven Gould, and my definitive response: MY…

  • The View From Fifty-Four: Writer On A Mission

    Writing was, and is, my passion. I worked at my fiction from the time I was twenty-five until I was thirty-one without ever making a dime, and never begrudged a minute of that time. While I was writing, I was happy. I was creating. I was learning to write better. I was finding my stories…

  • Why Lauren Orbison Chose to Go Indie

    I’ve been corresponding back and forth with a student of mine for a while now, and think you’ll find the story of how she hit print inspiring—and amazing. So I’d like to introduce you to Lauren Orbison, author of Tortellini [link goes to her site], and her tell you this story herself. Lauren garnered serious…

  • Self-Publishers: New numbers you need NOW

    I did that interview with Simon Whistler… http://rockingselfpublishing.com/author/simon/ (link opens in new tab) …that went live last Tuesday, and from doing that interview I bumped into Hugh Howey, and from doing that, I encountered an entire series of links to writers who have done the HARD math on self-publishing. I’m only giving you two. There are many,…

  • Why the B&N contract linking is critical #writer #writers #author

    First, here is the substantive difference between a contract without live links to the appends, and one with: When you print off a PDF (at least, when you do it on a Mac—if Windows doesn’t do this, consider VERY carefully before you sign your document) the PDF notes the URL of the document on every…