Did you make long ribbons of resolutions while sitting in the dark waiting for midnight to chime off in your part of the world so you can STOP writing the resolution list and just drink?
Resolutions have taken on great portentous weights and expectations. It used to be we could solemnly promise to stop smoking on December 31st and call it a night. Even if we didn’t smoke.
Now we are plagued, year round, by countless extortions wrapped up in pricey seminars that command us to visualize, manifest and otherwise think ourselves into prosperity or fame, right now, starting today, March 15, or July 12th. It’s never too late to start right now because the only person standing in your way, is you.
So we pay our money, attend the seminar and believe, absolutely believe, for twoRead More
I wrote on Writer’s Fun Zone about how to reward yourself for your writing. sounds crazy? Sometimes writing is not its own reward. Sometimes, particularly when you’re editing, you need some encouragement and some fun.
That’s where a good reward system comes in. Set one up, and keep to it, don’t ignore your own needs, that never works out well.
My only caution is to not reward yourself with alcohol. No matter how tempting, it’s not a good habit. Wine tasting trips, now that is completely different!
New books, cool authors.
Meg Waite Clayton’s The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. Very cool of course, but considering she spent ten years researching and writing this almost non-fiction novel, the success is well deserved.
“ I did a tremendous amount of research on real journalists like Lee Miller, who reported and photographed for Vogue, Martha Gellhorn, Lee Carson, and Sonia Tomara, the great photojournalist Margaret Bourke-White (who never was accredited to Normandy, as she was seen as too temperamental), and Dickey Chappelle, who photographed in the Pacific.
I chose to draw on their real lives but fictionalize them, as that allowed me to gather a wide range of experiences and load them into a couple characters, whichRead More
January 23, 2016
This post was written by DamienNewbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers’ Podcast
Special Guest: Jeff Michaels
Cue the Cartwheeling midgets. We made it to 200! Thanks to all those who have listened over the past four years. We’ve made some wonderful writer friends and hope to make many more. We have bucket loads of guests booked so strap yourself in for more chortling and ridiculous quips.
Jeff Michaels is a published author of several books, including “A Day at the Beach” and his new fantasy trilogy: Tasa’s Path (the first in a trilogy with a unique spin). Jeff’s books tend to draw heavy emotion from the readers (at least he is able to with me!). He is actively involved in the Southern California Writers Conference each year and has one of the most interesting backgrounds!
Her basic premise is a sound one: when it comes to writing, it’s not all about us.
In the past, writers and artists were not so much responsible for their creative work as they were honored to be the instruments of creative inspiration. The artist was simply a medium for a greater power to flow through them and create.
As passive as that sounds, that we are merely hands, eyes and bodies at the service of a capricious god, it does take some of the pressure off.Read More