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July 14, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writers Podcast – Episode 41
What If No one is Listening?
Clapping with one hand. Your invisible audience.
Why write, why pod cast? Why do anything?
I checked my Google analytics on my web site. Of course there wasn’t much information to parse from four visitors. So I abandoned the depressing news and turned back to filling the blog and web site no one visits.
Writing for my blog is like keeping my house clean for guests. I may not entertain anyone this week, but the effort makes the house more pleasant for me. And should someone drop by, I can invite them in without worrying that the laundry is covering the couch, last night dishes are still on the dinning table and dust ballsRead More
July 7, 2012 Newbie Writers Podcast
The Newbie Writer’s Podcast – Episode 40
I just read ‘Seven Steps on the Writer’s Path’ by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott. I found the book at Share Exchange in Santa Rosa, hard back, but I wanted to purchase something to support the effort and I collect books on the writing process, so it wasn’t a big sacrifice. And I enjoyed this book; the authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:
Unhappiness, Wanting, Commitment, Wavering, Letting Go, Immersion, Fulfillment. I will not belabor the points here; you can read the book yourself. But I do want to point out that the authors cover something that is sometimes over looked and misunderstood: unhappiness. I think this unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own heads andRead More
Newbie Writers Podcast
January 21 (Catharine is eating locusts from street vendors)
Guest Jane Isaac and Lyle Perez.
The Ultimate Newbie Experience.
Jane is the living proof of a newbie becoming a published author.
What was the process involved? What sparked the story idea?
Dionne Lister asks: What has been the best part of the process for her? What was her reaction when she found out Rainstorm Press wanted to publish her works?
We pick Lyle’s brain on the initial reaction to reading Jane’s draft, what was it that made him want to publish it? What tips for new writers can be drawn from this?
We find out how Rainstorm Press is going and any new authors to look out for.
Jane’s been apart of Newbie Writers since 2007, certainly longer than I have. We ask what her thoughts onRead More
After countless promises to “get around to it someday”, I’ve finally begun. No more excuses. No more procrastination. Damien will be pleased.
For years now I’ve been meaning to start blogging. Damien keeps asking the Newbie Writers members for regular bloggers, and if you searched through the mound of paperwork on my desk, you’d find that every last to-do list I’ve ever created shows near the top, “Write first blog post!!!” Woo hoo … I can finally tick that one off my list. (However, “Write follow-up blog post” now sits proudly in its place.)
As I ponder where to start, my eyes drift over to the aforementioned mountain of paperwork (I’m sure it’s multiplied in size since just a few moments ago). Why is it there? Do I even know what treasures lay hidden underneathRead More
We never have enough time, until we run out of it. I just got off the phone with my wife who informed me that one of our friends had a heart attack last night. Which seems to be a recurring theme with our family, friends, and even myself who just started high blood pressure meds a few weeks ago?
You see most of last year was a bit of a blur for me and my family as I lost both my mother and my father within six months. Both of them were in their mid eighties but not in bad shape really. Until mom was diagnosed with irreversible pulmonary fibrosis and she spent the last few months of her life in Hospice care. My dad was doing fine until he was in a car accident, fractured his hip and never really recovered.
2010 was a rough year. I didn’t write much. I didn’t see the point inRead More
June 27, 2011 Goals for Writers
Sometimes I am not the best at taking my own advice, or the advice of others for that matter but here are a few tips I have discovered the hard way and I hope you don’t fall into the same trap I did early on and get caught up into the logistics of what you are doing and spending valuable time on the idea of being a writer instead of actually being a writer.
1) Don’t worry about getting published. This notion seems a bit counterproductive but I think every Newbie writer has this as a goal. But worrying about it too much too soon is detrimental. When I was younger I was a runner I hated running. It was work. It wasn’t until I took the advice of Jim Fixx that was to forget the stop watch, forget how fast you can run a mile, and just enjoy your runs that I began toRead More
January 6, 2010 Learn the Craft
Okay, so now I have a computer and loads of free time to use it. So there is literally nothing to stop me from becoming what I have dreamed of my entire life and that is to be a writer! A well-paid, published writer is what I desire to be. Simple right? Wrong!
The more I do research on line the more I am aware of two things. Number one, becoming a paid writer is not as hard as one would think, that is what all the on line authors would have you believe anyway, and Number two, all it takes apparently, is a good idea.
Well hey, that’s just swell! All I need then is an idea for a new book, article or essay. Easy right? Maybe, but in the Idea department I think I must have been standing ‘behind” the door when the good Lord passed out the creativity genes. Try as I might I cannotRead More