I've once again run into the enemy of all writers: employment. Granted, it's only temporary employment, but it's amazing how much less time you have to write when you're contributing to society and feeding your family. But whether you're a full-time writer or a hopeful on Wattpad, if you want to be a serious writer, … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #21–How Much Should A Writer Write Every Day?
I freaking hate the concept of "branding." It sounds so corporate, so money-hungry, so un-artistic. That and I suck at it. That may have jaded me a little. If you're new to the writing world, or art in general, your "brand" is whatever you're selling. As an artist, you're selling what you create, but also … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #19–Who Are You?
Once upon a time, I played a fighting game with my best friend. I chose a character who could teleport so I could jump out of the way when my friend launched a massive attack. Sure enough, when he powered up a big laser, I teleported. I reappeared with my face exactly one inch from … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #12–The Plan
Life is full of great surprises. Earlier this week, my novella, Ferryman, was only 35% funded. Today, the book is 100% funded. At last, I can move forward. How did this happen? Well, it still would not have been possible without my wonderful donors. Each will get a free copy of the book and their … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #11–Ferryman Funded and Other News
Do any other writers out there make timelines to keep track of all that happens in their books? Or am I just so daft that I can't keep it all together in my head? Either way, I need a timeline for some of my books--not the shorter ones like Ferryman, just longer series. When you … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #11–Making Book Timelines
Sometimes I wonder why I'm still writing. It's not as though I have a hungry readership chomping at the bit, nor do I really understand how to get one despite my research. Oh, sure, I do have a fingerful of people who like and/or comment on a semi-regular basis, and while I'm grateful to them, … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #10–Just Can’t Stop
Consider yourself blessed! I'm about to give you a rare sight: a direct look into a writer's mind as he creates. This week, I picked up an on-again-off-again project, "Locke Hart." At this particular point in the story, the main character, Locke, is troubled by something, and his friend Sam sees it on his face. … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #9–Reuniting With Characters
Nothing major this week, just a few updates and teasers. Ferryman Updates: Vickie S. donated $25 this week and I was able to scrounge up $50 to put aside, so Editing is up to 30% funded and total funding for the book is at 33%, about one third! It's getting there! Cover art is...progressing, I … Continue reading A Creator’s Journey #7
There's something magical for a writer about looking back at your old works. They're like little time capsules; you don't just read the words you once wrote, you feel the things you once felt. Thanks to this article by Zen Scribbles, I went back and perused an old fanfiction website to see if some of … Continue reading What Was Your First Story?
I'm long overdue on a number of "Thank-You"s so I thought I'd take a minute to do so. First of all, special thanks to Alison at Reflections: Or a Mirror of Life for nominating me as a Very Inspiring Blogger. It means a lot and I completely forgot to say thanks! Thank you, Alison, for … Continue reading Many Thanks and Shoutouts