Weekly Recap – March 15th, 2013

I made it through several days in Vegas without blacking out or losing all my money (I’m actually up $50. Woohoo!). The Aruba Airheads conference was good for both networking and educating myself. I met a lot of other engineers from the IT Brotherhood™ and sat in on some excellent training sessions. I also got to spend some time with …

Weekly Recap – March 8th, 2013

I accomplished a good bout of writing this week, both on and off the blog. This writing-every-day thing has been amazing for my productivity. Who knew? Well, a lot of people. But, hey, I actually listened and followed through this time. I seem to have gotten it through my thick skull that if I’m ever going to publish something, it …

Bill Faulkner Knows

I’ll be the literary ignoramus in the room and admit that I’ve never read anything by William Faulkner, but these seven writing tips are bona fide and to the point; at least to my virgin writing eyes. While I’ll be printing these out and looking them over constantly, rule six is one that I’ve seen repeated enough times to take to …

Techniques of the Selling Writer – Feelings and Manipulation – Part 1

“I don’t want to be at the mercy of my emotions. I want to use them, to enjoy them, and to dominate them.” – Oscar Wilde In the previous article, we discussed choosing the right words to achieve an important goal in fiction – manipulating reader feelings. Now we’re going to zoom out a little and focus on how we do …

Techniques of the Selling Writer – The Words You Write

“Drawing on my fine command of the English language, I said nothing.” – Robert Benchley The world is filled with critics. Critics of appearance, critics of beliefs, critics of taste…but there’s one especially devious creature that stalks the Internet, lurking in forums and constantly scaring would-be contributors from sharing ideas. This beast is a hunter that can smell a wounded …

Techniques of the Selling Writer – Fiction and You

“Too many would-be writers are really would-be authors. They want to have written” – Larry Niven You come home from work. The kids are so happy to see you, they don’t let go of your leg until one of you passes out from exhaustion. Don’t have kids? Your significant other needs a minimum of one hour to tell you just …

Self-Encouragement Tip #1

Don’t spend two weeks fretting over how to write the perfect scene. Spend five minutes each night for those two weeks writing an imperfect paragraph for that scene. An imperfect scene can be fixed. A perfect scene that never materializes cannot. Focus on the bricks, not the house. -beatbox32