Authors, Writers, Publishers, and Book Readers
Characters are dominating your thoughts, your fingers are itching to type and the beginning of a great story fills your computer screen. Then...silence. You reach that point in your story where your characters take a coffee break and you are left with writer's block.
This has happened to me more times than I wish to admit. The story my thoughts have been obsessed with are eventually filed away and forgotten. It is so frustrating.
New characters are once again running amuck in…Continue
That moment when you see or hear something and your response is "AHA" can make all the difference in so many ways. Specifically, I want to talk about AHA moments that we have as authors and the challenging task of marketing ourselves and our books in today's e-everything market. Realistically, even if you get the best possible traditional publishing contract, to compete in today's market you have to learn how to use social media, blogging and websites to market your reputation and your…Continue
Added by Debra L Hartmann on April 24, 2013 at 6:30pm — No Comments
The Confusion of And vs. To
English can be a difficult language to learn, not because English grammar is tricky (though it can be) but because the language can be vague. Word choice, in particular, can be very confusing, particularly when more than one word is possible.
Here’s a question I received recently about the nuances of the English language.
Question: Which of the following is correct:
a. I would like to send Peter an email AND give him my regards.
Added by David Bowman on April 3, 2013 at 11:47pm — No Comments
I know what you mean.
Last year, my taekwondo instructor and I discussed his training for his upcoming test for his 7th Degree Black Belt. He mentioned his commitment to practicing his form, a daily exercise routine, and always looking toward the goal. Only recently before that conversation I had begun a new exercise regimen to…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on March 22, 2013 at 11:43am — No Comments
At first I thought this was a little insensitive to the dead person's surviving family. Do the grandsons really need to read about grandma getting run over by a reindeer? Then I thought: lighten up, these truths are supposed be light-hearted fun.
With the last truth I discussed how much detail to put into a…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on February 15, 2013 at 5:16pm — No Comments
I agree. Actually, I use MSN Maps and always skip ahead to the point in the trip that is unfamiliar. For those of you planning on using any of these programs, they're pretty handy. Take into account, however, how the mapping system is designed. Is it going to give you the fastest route or…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on February 8, 2013 at 5:45am — No Comments
6. Depart from Your Script. You want to be prepared, but realize that the best panels take on a life of their own. Your notes and any questions you may have been sent ahead of time…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on February 1, 2013 at 8:43am — No Comments
When I was forced out of New Orleans by the ravishing flood waters of Hurricane Katrina, I ended up in a small town, only 3 hours away from my hurricane ravished home. I had a free place to live, but it was a long way from everything I had ever known. It just didn't feel like home. I was experiencing true country living, and I was a city person. This…
Added by Shirley M Patterson on January 16, 2013 at 3:36pm — No Comments
Hey courageous, high spirited, and Banga hero, Banga-Bondhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman although you are no more among us physically but having and will be having in our innate hearts and minds spiritually for a time infinitely.
You came as a keeper of our nation’s to protect & live us honor and pridefully all around & globally.
We got you by our enormous blessing, praying, and worship from…
Many times I'm asked where I get ideas for my western historical romances. It's simple, really. In fact I have enough stuff scribbled down to write these books for another twenty years or so. I prefer to write about the 1860s through the 1880s, though that's not a set rule. Each time I go on a trip through that era in my research the most fascinating thing happens. Characters begin to appear and talk to me. Tell me what it's like to live in the time and place I've stepped into. They speak to…Continue
Added by Velda Brotherton on January 8, 2013 at 8:56pm — No Comments
An early post this week as I’ll be away from my computer tomorrow.
Answer: Only my mother knows.
Actually, and forgive me if I sound sexist, most females know. It’s the same with wrapping Christmas and birthday presents so that all sides are even, no paper is torn and…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on January 3, 2013 at 11:52am — No Comments
This week, I participate in a group effort called The Next Big Thing. Some of you may be familiar with this and some of you may have participated. I was invited to participate by Chris Swinney and you can read material by Chris and other authors at…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on December 14, 2012 at 12:30am — No Comments
Morning chores. Getting the kids dressed and off to school or other activities. Work. Dentist and doctor appointments. After school activities. Laundry. Meal preparation. House cleaning. Car maintenance. Social time. Shopping for groceries and other essentials. Church. Lawn maintenance. Date night with the spouse…Continue
Writing is a business as anyone here probably already knows; if you don't know that fact, now is a good time to learn it and accept it. As in any business, there are legal issues that come up down the line if one isn't aware of them. To think about them before hand, taking care of them one by one, during the process of the more fun and creative outlet of the writing - before a publisher is approached, an agent obtained, or the decision is made to independently publish or self-publish - is…Continue
Added by Mariah de la Croix on December 4, 2012 at 6:26pm — No Comments
Why? Because of all those pesky ‘ly’ words we writers aren’t supposed to use, yet every other published author does. Come on, raise your hand if you’ve ever heard some author/agent/editor/writing guru pontificate on how writers should never, ever, ever, use adverbs,…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on November 30, 2012 at 7:54am — No Comments
I think for most people, their vocation or avocation usually derives from personal interest or enjoyment. A person enjoys helping children, so becomes a teacher. Somebody fascinated with ancient history studies to be an archeologist. If you grew up really wanting to solve people’s burning pee issue, then your…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on November 23, 2012 at 11:52am — No Comments
Actually, these days, I wish I could nap and still have plenty of daylight left when I finally awaken. Or, if I’m really enjoying the night, that it could last longer. Day’s light and night’s dark don’t last long enough to suit my…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on November 16, 2012 at 8:40am — No Comments
As I write this post I am feeling very happy. After a somewhat stilted and disjointed start to the month I managed to get my ass into gear and am now officially half way through my NaNoWriMo project. Hooray! Who knew I could magically find the time to write 25,011 words in just 14 days, complete with a demanding toddler in tow? Apparently I could, I did, and I am on track to succeed!
The novel is shaping up nicely, although my inner editor is already screaming that it is not good…Continue
Added by Catherine Green on November 14, 2012 at 11:11pm — No Comments
Working as a tutor in the writing center, it's very common to get started on a discussion completely unrelated towards the student's assignments. I find myself going on about my own personal writing issues, current events relating to argumentative essays, and even the occasional discussion of entertainment. Last night I talked with someone about "Assassin's Creed 3," which already has a strong following, but a few days ago I brought up "The Walking Dead"--big mistake. I love the…Continue
Added by John J Lewis on November 9, 2012 at 9:29pm — No Comments
In a recent taekwondo class I was instructing the students in the single bahng mahng ee form. For those of you who can't read Korean, that is the single stick. The form is lengthy and complex. I've told my students many times (and I apologize to the creator of this form) that I think the single stick is boring. Or rather, I have seen too many times boring forms performed by competitors at tournaments. I…Continue
Added by Stephen Lawrence Brayton on November 2, 2012 at 12:00am — No Comments