I Don’t Care What You Think, I Know I’m Awesome! (Mediocrity)


A really terrific editorial on mediocrity.  I have stumbled across this Fanfic-themed blog and I have to say, it is now a favorite.  Enjoy, but be warned, you might not like it! 😉

I Don’t Care What You Think, I Know I’m Awesome! (Mediocrity).

4 Steps to Finishing Your Novel: Taking a Sledgehammer to Your Shiny New Draft


I love the idea of this. Now if I could just finish the shiny new draft so I can take a sledge hammer to it….

Five Warning Signs Your Story Needs Revision


I’ve found myself a little annoyed at some stories that I’ve been reading lately and this pretty much sums it up. And when I mean some, I include most of mine and not yours Rachel J Lewis. SMH – *walks away muttering* so much to learn, so little time…

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We can have the best story ideas in the world, but to be blunt? There’s a lot to be said for delivery. While these problems might seem picky, there are some fundamental errors that can weaken the writing. If our writing loses power, this can become distressing or distracting to readers.

Many readers (not being editors or professional writers) might not be able to articulate specifically why they lost interest in a story, but often the answer is simple. It can be an accumulation of the small things. The little foxes spoil the vine.

Most of us make one or more of these errors, especially when we’re new. Hey, that’s called “being NEW.” No one is born with the natural ability to write brilliant, perfect novels coded into their DNA. It takes time and practice, so give yourself permission to make…

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Reading to Write


Good advice. I have often found myself drawn back to authors that I love. Unfortunately, it doesn’t solve my time problems. *sigh*

Quoth The Wordsmith

663092_26111643 You’ll often hear that in order to write, you need to read. Many prominent authors stick by it and advise aspiring writers to make a practice of always having a piece of literature on the go. It’s good advice, as long as you know that if you are reading to write, you need to look at the writing that you are reading differently. Here’s how I do it:

-Accept and note the areas that you have trouble with, whether they include dialogue, structure, characterization, setting, etc. Know and embrace the fact that you have room to improve.

-Pick a story or a book (or a few!) that really made an impression on you in terms of style, tone, and connection. It should be something that you don’t mind reading again, and that you would give a glowing review.

-Read the story slowly. Take your time. Figure out how that story…

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In 12 years of blogging, the more things change, the more they stay the same


A nice piece that brings blogging back to a central place of importance. I discovered earlier this year, when I allowed Sasha to take a little facebook break, that my blog was not the central space for Sasha’s voice. In fact, everything has been so carefully routed through facebook that Sasha was almost unable to function as she was cut off from her audience. However, that is a merely a technical aspect of blogging and not the personality and raison d’etre for the blog itself. The voice is the key.

My only decision now, is how do I own the persona behind the blog and then ultimately, what limits will I put on Sasha’s productivity so that Dr J remains the puppet master. Or do I sacrifice Dr J so that Sasha can do her thing.

I pay tribute to those established bloggers who have been at this a lot longer than I and who have embraced changes of which I can only dream. They make my journey easier.

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Last Friday was the 12th anniversary of day when I posted my first blog post on gigaom.com, and starting what would later (in June 2006) become a company. (Up until Dec. 13, 2001, GigaOM was nothing more than a repository for my previously published articles and résumé.) These have been an interesting dozen years, where we have seen blogging go from a niche curiosity to a mainstream activity to becoming a catch-all phrase for news — casual news, if you are being nit picky. The concept of blogging as we knew it has lost some of its meaning and even a bit of meaningfulness.

When I started blogging, it was to share a point of view — mixing news with musings, with pictures, links, and later videos. It started and ended with that point of view, one that was open to adaption and adjustment, but always informed.

I told the…

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Questionable Casting, Good Times: Fifty Shades Movie Cast Announced!!!


Alright, let’s get the laughter out of the way and then I will write something serious and awesome about the movie casting. Yeah right! Awesome? Definitely! Serious? Mmm… Not so much. Stay tuned. Oh and there is a new Going Grey chapter up on ff.net and if you’re really lucky I will find some time to format it for the blog in the next 24 hours. Laters baby! (see I can say it seriously!)

Bad Books, Good Times

On Monday, I received a text from Matt informing me that the roles of Anastasia Steele and Christian Grey had finally been cast for the upcoming Fifty Shades movie! Because we’ve spent so much time in the rich universe that is Fifty Shades, we feel highly qualified to discuss the casting choices and who we think should be cast for some of the other roles in the film!

For the role of Anastasia Steele, we have Dakota Johnson.

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Ariel says: I’m a little underwhelmed, but optimistic. After all, Ana doesn’t do very much on the outside. Most of the action takes place within her head, and I’m hoping they cut most of that out.

More importantly, they better dye her fucking hair brown! It is such a pet peeve of mine when a book makes it crystal clear what a character looks like, yet in the movie the powers that…

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How to define a writer? Writers are this:


I am making a recommendation here, to all of those people who I have met on this journey, who like me, feel that they are at the beginning. Still working out voice. Wondering if and when to make the move to publish your original story. Perhaps enjoying the accolades of fan fiction or having just shifted into blogging and wondering if you have the writing stamina to keep all of the authorial balls in the air. It is sites like this one that give me hope but also give me pause. When you find these little gems, these places where you can get answers to questions that you weren’t even certain you had, then they worth just hanging around in for a while. Fossick around under the rocks and see what you can learn about your craft. Hope you enjoy this as much as I did. I’m off to visit some of her friends; they look like fun too!

 

Creative Writing with the Crimson League

1090780_spell_checkAs I get “The King’s Sons” ready for publication at the end of the month (yikes!) and put together my writer’s handbook, “Writing for You: A Novelist’s Guide to the Craft of Fiction,” I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the things that define us as writers. As novelists. As wordsmiths.

I think most writers have a lot of characteristics in common. These traits are a part of who we are and a part of what drives us to write. That’s not to say every writer is the same, or that you aren’t a writer if you don’t fit the bill, because there’s always diversity in a category this broad. But I’m proud to think that, in general:

  • Writers are lifelong students. We are students of life, culture, and the world we inhabit. Though words and language are our forte, I know many writers like myself who are fascinated…

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