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The market. We’ve all heard about it. We’ve certainly all talked about it. But, what really is “the market”?

The market is a few things, but most of all the market is 100% unimportant to your creative process. Yep. You heard me, forget about the market.

Now, I know you’re probably thinking, but, uh, doesn’t the market dictate whether or not my book will sell? Um… sorta.

If you haven’t completed your book, worrying about the market won’t do you any good. I know writers who are constantly trying to chase the next big trend. AND, I … Read more

Overwhelmed by the competition?

Overwhelmed by the competition?Read this if you are overwhelmed by the competition

Do you log onto Goodreads and gulp?

Did you walk into Powell’s or Strand and think, there is too much here, I can’t compete, look at all the books!

Do you not even focus on Amazon because that A to Z thing is too much to consider.

You are not alone.  We all feel the immense  bottomless universe of which we’ve signed up to become a part. It’s like dangling over the half blown section of the Death Star. It’s like walk through Times Square and realizing that everyone in this … Read more

Protect your writing timeWe say the words, make time. We can’t make time. I try in my Future Girls books to make time, to travel back and forth changing up everything.  It’s fun in fiction, not as easy in real life – so to speak.

In a conversation with Beth Barany, she asked, how do I make time for my writing.

And I had the epiphany that I don’t make time at all.

But I do protect it.

I do schedule part of the day for writing, for being creative.

And that’s the making of time I suppose.  I make time for writing.… 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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