M is for Money. Do you write for money? If you’re a professional writer, the answer is almost definitely, “Yes.” (Of course, if you’re writing to preserve a story for yourself, your family or your friends, you might not have … Continue reading
L is for Luck. I’m not going to mince words here. Sometimes, you can follow every rule, you can do every single thing right, and your writing career isn’t going to go the way you want it to go. Publishers … Continue reading
A recent discussion with a fairly new, immensely talented writer highlighted for me a dilemma that most of us will face sooner or later. What do we do when what we really want to write, when the stories that catch … Continue reading
K is for Kryptonite. I’m sure you’ve brushed up on your superhero lore. There are a couple dozen types of Kryptonite, but they all mean disaster for the Man of Steel—he loses his powers when he’s confronted with the stuff. … Continue reading
J is for job. Writing is the toughest job you’ll ever love. (Sorry, Peace Corps.) When most writers start out, they have a day-job. You know—the one that pays the rent, puts food on the table, buys the computer and … Continue reading
I is for independent publishing. “Independent publishing” or “indie publishing” sprang up a few years ago, originally as a synonym for “self-published.” It contrasts with “traditional publishing” (sometimes called “legacy publishing.”) Authors who published independently and traditionally are often called … Continue reading
H is for health. Writers are prone to a variety of health challenges, both physical and mental. It’s important to develop strategies to combat these problems—ideally, before they reach career-stopping levels. As an initial matter, writers must create a working … Continue reading
F is for fan fiction (or fanfic, if you feel like abbreviating.) … Continue reading
G is for Genre. Genre is vitally important to authors. Genre allows us to locate agents, publishers, and readers who are interested in the specific types of stories we write. Genre is one of the first markers that classify books. … Continue reading
I suspect that most people have a blimpcoat.
Oh, not exactly a *blimpcoat*–they have an article of clothing that they can’t bear to part with because there are times it is indispensable. More than once you toss it in the box for charity, or even into the rag bag.
Later, you retrieve it. Because.Continue reading