People thinks and say such silly things sometimes, we’re all guilty of it. But here are ten common misconceptions the rest of the world has about writers.
In the good old bad old days, wrongly or rightly, writers were shielded by their agents and publishers from their reading public to maintain an air of mystery, and to shield them from the more repugnant elements of society, among other things. These days since the internet became reality, it has become a necessary tool […]
by Michael Cristiano
When it comes to writing, there is nothing more daunting than writing a novel. Okay, maybe attempting to write a saga of twelve novels is a little bit more daunting, but let’s stick to just one for now. In my opinion, writing a novel is a little more difficult than say a short story or a poem. That’s not to say it’s more difficult than writing a good short story or poem, that’s just to point out that short stories and poems don’t generally run 60,000+ words — unless you’re Homer and write two epic poems that come in at over 200,000.
In any case, the enormity of a novel is disillusioning enough on its own, so while we’re at it, let’s disillusion some more.
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Good morning, creatives and creators. I hope you’ve all had a good week.
Mine started slow and has ended better! In the earlier stages of the week I was having some bad writing days, and some major writer’s doubt. But I’ve tried to be kind to myself, to relax and give myself a break. As such, I’m now back on track.
But one thing was nagging at me, something that I’ve seen many other unpublished writers worrying about to. This awful question, after years of working hard on a project, rewriting, revising, studying; what if it’s all for nothing?
It stems, I think, from a fear of rejection a worry that our works will never be read or appreciated. And with that in mind, I wanted to share some thoughts with you all, including ways to stop that question from taking over.
1. It’s never for nothing
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“A room without books is like a body without a soul.” – Marcus Tullius Cicero
“If you only read the books that everyone else is reading, you can only think what everyone else is thinking.” – Haruki Murakami
“You don’t have to burn books to destoy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.” – Ray Bradbury
For Jack Eason and the other authors who keep us in stories despite the struggle. Please visit Jack at his blog: https://havewehadhelp.wordpress.com/ and do all you can to support our independent authors, presses and publishers. I owe so much to the books in my life as well as the neighbor’s daughters that taught a three year-old how to read. It saved me.
Free books or the price of ignorance…
The author says nobody wants to buy
Real books, waiting for kindle
Or what they can get for free
Long ago I learned that
Precious little is free
Waiting to see the strings attached
Or what might appear
From behind someone’s back
I will admit to a “free” book
But I did have to exchange one
Of my own precious volumes
The price to be paid
Yet Jack is right
The author deserves his compensation
When one writes, much of who we are
What we believe is invested in each word
Writing is not merely work, a job
It is opening veins and pouring
Out your blood, opening oneself
To the acid tongues of the critics,
Those judging not only your work
But your life, who you are
Fiction’s DNA, the authors reality
To take what is produced
Without re-numeration, theft
Remember, purchasing a good book is a gift you give yourself. It needs no batteries nor electricity and is easily shared.
Wise words once again from Jack Eason. Thanks Jack!
Here is a question for all my fellow writers, both published like myself, and those who just love to write for the sheer joy of doing so. How many hours do you spend writing each day and how many words does it involve?
Ever since I changed the way I write from how I used to in decades long since past, when I would spend all day and long into the night to achieve a daily word count in the thousands, I now stick rigidly to a short but extremely intense daily session when I have a new story in mind.
I find this is the method that works best for me. If you are wondering how long; these days I limit myself to adding no more than one to two hundred words per day.
Once I get back into the swing of things, I start writing at five in…
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