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Why authors are unhappy

I just read Seven steps on the Writer’s Path by Nancy Pickard and Lynn Lott.  The authors identify the seven steps on the writer’s path as:

  • Why authors are unhappyUnhappiness
  • 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.

This unhappiness or restlessness is critical to how authors wrestle with their own  limitations. Newbie writers think of  unhappiness as failure, many writers and creatives consider  unhappiness as a sign of  inadequacy or … Read more

 The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Guest: Josh Delaney

This week we chat with new and upcoming author Josh Delaney. Find out about the road to becoming published!

The Amazon is here http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/s/ref=is_s_ss_i_2_18?ie=UTF8&rh=i%3Aaps&search-alias=aps&k=the+world+beyond+sight+upon+arrival&rh=i%3Aaps&sprefix=The+world+beyond+s

The name of the book is The World Beyond Sight: Upon Arrival!

The first part being the name of the series and Upon Arrival the actual title of the first book.

The Facebook page is https://m.facebook.com/Worldbeyondsight

“In a world far from our own. A dark force wishes to consume all living beings to end everything. Battling this force for centuries the gods of Light decide to use one last

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The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: C.S Lakin


5 Editors Tackle the 12 Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing (The Writer’s Toolbox Series)

Fiction writers often struggle to improve their craft

And the biggest challenge comes from the inability to see what isn’t working. The prose feels off. The scene isn’t gelling. The dialogue sounds stilted or clunky. But they don’t know why or how to fix it.

This book lays it all out

5 Editors Tackle the Twelve Fatal Flaws of Fiction Writing demonstrates the deadly dozen pitfalls on the road to a strong story, along with revisions that show … Read more

CameraWhat is POV?

Point of view is the relative identification of the narrator with the character. Point of view is the story as seen through the eyes of the narrator. It is one of the easiest ways to tell a story. But even with a simple explanation like that, we can still get it wrong.

We are reasonably intelligent, even talented people. Why the confusion?

Film and Video games.   Hell on POV

Film gives you the long shot, shows other people that the main character cannot possibly know or see. Film gives you zooming perspectives and close-ups. Film mixes it … Read more

The Newbie Writers’ Podcast

Special Guest: Meg Waite Clayton

            http://www.megwaiteclayton.com/

This week have the honour to interview Meg Waite Clayton, a prolific author who’s latest book is The Race For Paris. Join us while we pick the brain of someone who has ‘been there, done that.’

The Race for Paris

Meg Waite Clayton’s well researched novel, The Race for Paris hit the San Francisco Chronicle/NCIBA bestseller list in its 1st week out. “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 … Read more

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