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Write Nothing

My history with Write Anything began with the relationship I had with Paul Anderson and Jodi Cleghorn of eMergent. I wrote a short story for the “Yin and Yang Book” anthology, which led to a guest post for Write Anything. That in turn led to being asked to join the regular pool of bloggers for this site. For a year, I wrote one post a month, mainly on writing: tools, advice, angst, experiences.... read more

The King Is Dead

Looking back over 2012, I can safely put the year in the WIN column with respect to my writing. At the start of the year, my superhero science fiction novel was unfinished, languishing in the slow, twisting currents of the second-draft swamp. After months of writing, re-writing and self-editing, it was ready to go out to my team of beta readers on the last day of July. Their comments came back in the fall... read more

Reading the Reviews

The first time I had something published, I kept waiting for the fireworks and ticker-tape parade. I just KNEW it was the greatest thing ever written, and that the world would beat a path to my door bearing laurels and diadems. It didn’t happen. After working so hard and surmounting the obstacles, my public debut was met with a profound and lasting silence. Maybe a few people read it, but if so,... read more

Forgotten Stories

Probably the least satisfying projects I’ve ever worked on were those that disappeared without a trace after they were done. For months, I’d write and re-write a piece, coming back for revisions after a beta reader’s comments, for still more revisions after an editor’s comments, then another round of final tweaks for line edits. Then, after all that work… nothing. I dislike... read more

The NaNoWriMo question

I’ve done NaNoWriMo six times, three times successfully. My nearly-complete novel was my 2010 NaNoWriMo effort. I need to get started on my next book, and I have an idea that is good for 100K. A 50K first draft would be a great way to start. The timing is right, the subject is good enough, my other writing tasks would support it. So will I be doing NaNoWriMo in 2012? I’m not sure yet if my... read more

Grabbing for a Falling Knife

Let me get this out of the way up front: to me, “published” means “for sale to the public”. It doesn’t mean good or important or priced appropriately or printed on paper. Money has to change hands at some point, either with me being paid directly for my words (up front or in percentages of sales) and/or the publisher being paid for my words. As I write this, I’m chewing... read more

That sex scene didn’t advance the plot

This is one of the monthly “open” posts, a slot that’s given to us on the Write Anything team to be looser and less adherent to the overall theme of this year. In our other monthly posts, the “theme” posts, you’ve been following along for each of us as we began, continued or renewed our commitment to some project or other. Back in February, we publicly committed to a... read more

Nothing is ever finished, is it?

“I now pronounce you man and wife.” “We find the defendant not guilty.” “Tonight’s winning lottery numbers are…” Some things in life have a clear delineation between Before and After. You can circle that day on your calendar, point to that moment and say, “That was the instant one phase of my life ended and another began.” Writing a book... read more
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