Category: Writing

Jun 08

Question: Do you think that novelists can write about what they don’t know?

Answer: Nope. If you write what you don’t know it rings false, and that transfers directly to the page, and the reader will always pick up on it. To correct some misconceptions: How many submarines did Jules Verne ride in? None. But he was intimately familiar with the French submarine experimenters of the time – …

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Jun 07

What does NaNoWriMo mean to me?

  This morning I received an email soliciting funds from NaNoWriMo.  NaNoWriMo was an annual writing challenge that took place every November. As it’s popularity has grown, it’s created NaNoWriMo, Camp NaNoWriMo and other annual, Internet-based creative writing contests that takes place throughout the year. The challenge is to a novel (50,000 words is the minimum …

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Jul 02

Scribd cuts off romance and erotica

Scribd, the subscription-based content platform has apparently alerted its publishing partners that it will be dropping a number of romance and erotica titles from its ebook catalog.  Smashwords CEO Mark Coker announced the news on the Smashwords website yesterday, along with the estimate that Scribd will drop 80-90% of the Smashwords romance and erotica titles.  Mark …

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Mar 31

The Case of the Complaining Author

There are many reason that authors fail.  The most glaringly obvious one is that they don’t treat their writing as a business. Scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed, I came across a post that seemed to indicate that an eBook listed on Amazon was showing the wrong content when a potential buyer clicked on the “look …

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Jan 03

The Art of Making a Book

Dec 17

Miscellaneous Questions: How did you become a screenplay writer?

I took a single screenwriting class. It was relatively easy – if you watch movies and understand that every story is the Monomyth. It’s all about structure, showing not telling, and fitting your story into 90-120 pages. Screenwriting was exactly what I expected it would be. It wasn’t difficult, and – within three months of …

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Dec 11

Miscellaneous Question: Should I become an author?

An author is just a writer who refused to take ‘no’ for an answer and was stupid enough to get back up after they were kicked to the ground. To become a writer, you must write.  To become an author, you must publish.  To become successful, you must write more.