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What makes a writer?

November 14, 2014 Leave a comment
writer There are many things that I’ve heard over the years that define what a writer is. I’d never considered myself a writer because I’d never been published. That’s changed now, but so has my definition of a writer.

The defining quality of a writer isn’t being published, it’s attitude.

If you can make time to have a coffee, you can make time to write. Do it. Do it every day. Ass in seat, hands on keyboard. Don’t worry about a visit from your muse, chain that bitch down and make her work for you.

Don’t worry about quality in your first draft. Get it down. Once it’s down take the scalpel to it. Once it’s in shape, get feedback from your peers. Grow a thick skin. Rinse. Repeat.

Learn. There are lots of smart people giving you feedback. Don’t try to fix everything at once, do it one lesson at a time and make each lesson a habit.

Write what you want to write, not what you think will sell. If you aren’t passionate about your story, how are you going to make your readers feel something you don’t?

Why are you still reading? Go write something.

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It’s Alive!

November 5, 2014 1 comment

After many moons of absence, I’ve decided to try and get my blog going again. I’ve got a WIP (a novel) and I’ll be posting about the process of editing and (hopefully) submitting for publication. Everything is shiny and new because I’ve never done any of this before. Stay tuned!

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6dot Braille Labeller on Kickstarter

August 13, 2011 Leave a comment

Kickstarter is a great site to find out about emerging technology that could one day change your life.  It also gives you the opportunity to become part of that project by help fund it.  This particular project is worth funding, as it could make a huge difference in the lives of many people who could use this technology.

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Writing Tip: Exposition

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

Chuck Wendig (http://terribleminds.com) has a great post regarding how to handle exposition.  As a writer, you can’t avoid exposition, but you have to handle it correctly.

Warning: Contains adult language

http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2011/08/09/25-ways-to-make-exposition-your-bitch/

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Writing Advice

“So avoid using the word ‘very’ because it’s lazy. A man is not very tired, he is exhausted. Don’t use very sad, use morose. Language was invented for one reason, boys – to woo women – and, in that endeavor, laziness will not do. It also won’t do in your essays.”

– John Keating, Dead Poet’s Society

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The Best Writing Quote Ever!

March 25, 2011 Leave a comment

The worst thing you write is better than the best thing you didn’t write.

Got others to share? Include them in the comments.

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100 Words a Day

March 1, 2011 1 comment

100 Words per Day ChallengeAfter months of dedicated procrastination, it’s time to get back to some writing.  Rather than outlining an epic tale or attempting to flesh out the ideas for a short story (both of which I accomplish by leaning back in my favourite recliner with my eyes closed), I have decided to keep my expectations low.  It’s worked for my wife, so it should work for me.

The challenge: 100 words a day.

That shouldn’t be a problem for a garrulous galoot like myself – except for that danged propensity toward procrastination. Heck, some tweets approach the 100 word mark.  Even this meager post exceeds the 100 word mark and it only took me a few minutes to bang out.  I am hoping that by actually publishing the challenge and pretending that someone will actually read this, I will be shamed into abandoning my procrastinating ways.  It isn’t the amount of words written that is important, it is the fact that I can develop a habit of daily writing.

I will be posting here semi- regularly with updates as to how the challenge is going.  Feel free to join me in the challenge, I would like the company.

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