A Change of Scenery

I like trying new things, especially new writing projects.  This is a relatively recent development.  When I first started writing, I knew what I should write (always write what you know or are most familiar with goes the common wisdom), so I always tried to force my stories into the Fantasy genre. As it turns out, that was a mistake.  I have since learned that some characters and/or stories fit a certain genre (say Fantasy) and some do not.  Sure, I could force them into the genre by trying to twist it/them, but why bother?  If it’s a good story, does it really matter if it’s Fantasy or not? This realization came while I was doing my 30-in-30 self challenge. […]

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Patience

Let me start by saying patience isn’t one of my strongest attributes. I’m all about instant gratification… or at least, I was. I have been working hard to develop the attitude within myself and some days I’m even moderately successful. I hope you also note that this post is a few hours later than most of my Wednesday offerings. I wanted a subtle irony to be present; you the reader need to practice what I’m preaching :). Too subtle? I thought it might be since it almost escaped me and I was the one planning it. That’s why I explained it. Now I know. But why is patience important to a writer? Oh there are so many reasons! First, let’s […]

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So You’ve Sent in your Manuscript… Now What?

You’ve just completed your masterpiece, you’ve researched a publisher or an agent and you’ve sent in your work as per the submission requirements.  Now what? You could do like I did with my first manuscript and sit in anxious anticipation waiting to get word back… and lose sleep and maybe even some of your sanity.  Or you could start a new project. Are you getting any sense of which way I think you might want to go yet? Yes, I’ll admit it, I did do the first choice once.  Or was it twice?  Either way, I was going great guns right up until I sent the manuscript out.  Then… nothing.  That’s right, my productivity came to a complete standstill.  What’s […]

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