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O is for Organization

Posted by on April 22, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on O is for Organization

O is for Organization

O is for Organization. A writing career requires vast amounts of organization. Authors must be organized in creating their work, in promoting their work, and in running the day-to-day aspects of their business. Organization in Work Creation Different authors have different methods for writing a story. Some—usually called plotters—create detailed outlines, describing every encounter in each scene in each chapter of the finished book.  Others—usually called pantsers or “organic” writers—fly by the seats of their pants, developing the story as...

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Field Trip!

Posted by on April 19, 2016 in appearances, glasswrights series, recent, travels | Comments Off on Field Trip!

Field Trip!

The life of an author is often lonely–we work in private, staring at computer screens, occasionally “socializing” by way of electronic media. And then there are the field trips. Like the one I took last weekend, to Kent County, Delaware (home to Dover, Delaware.) Let me start at the beginning… Many months ago, I received email from Hilary Welliver, the Library Director of the Kent County Public Library. She invited me to be the keynote speaker at the library’s bit Authors and Audiences event, the culmination of a...

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N is for Networking

Posted by on April 15, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | Comments Off on N is for Networking

N is for Networking

N is for Networking. Writing is one of the loneliest careers you can choose. You don’t report to an office. You don’t share meetings with colleagues. You don’t have a water cooler, a break room, any of the social trappings that most people are accustomed to finding in other jobs. Rather, you sit alone in a garret, scribbling away (for modern values of “garret” and “scribble.”) And yet, writing is hugely dependent on communication with others in order to succeed in the fast-changing, diverse world of modern publishing. Authors need to...

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M is for Money

Posted by on April 8, 2016 in author's alphabet, recent | 2 comments

M is for Money

M is for Money. Do you write for money?  If you’re a professional writer, the answer is almost definitely, “Yes.” (Of course, if you’re writing to preserve a story for yourself, your family or your friends, you might not have any intention of earning any money. You’re also probably not reading this post as a writer.) “Money” is a dirty word in many circles. Most people are socialized not to talk about financial matters in public; we don’t share how much we earn (never enough!), or what we paid for our latest extravagance (often too much!), or...

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Bundling Up

Posted by on April 5, 2016 in fly me to the moon, recent | Comments Off on Bundling Up

Bundling Up

So, last week, the thermometer hit almost eighty degrees.  Today, we’re expecting a high of 40, and the winds are enough to bring tears to your eyes. I’m wearing fleece socks on my feet and a T-shirt, long-sleeve T-shirt, and sweater. But that’s not what I mean by “bundling up.” Instead, I’m writing to tell you about the bundle I’m in. Okay. Not me. Fly Me to the Moon. What’s a bundle? I’m thrilled that you asked! A bundle is a collection of books, unified around a single theme. You can...

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L is for Luck

Posted by on April 1, 2016 in author's alphabet, rational writer, recent | Comments Off on L is for Luck

L is for Luck

L is for Luck. I’m not going to mince words here. Sometimes, you can follow every rule, you can do every single thing right, and your writing career isn’t going to go the way you want it to go. Publishers mess up book launches. Vendors change their terms of service. Computer equipment crashes. Stories refuse to be reduced to pixels on a screen. Those are the bad luck days. But there are good luck days, too. A friend connects you with a beta reader who helps you to create your best work yet. An advertising service had a last-minute...

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K is for Kryptonite

Posted by on March 25, 2016 in rational writer, recent | 2 comments

K is for Kryptonite

K is for Kryptonite.   I’m sure you’ve brushed up on your superhero lore. There are a couple dozen types of Kryptonite, but they all mean disaster for the Man of Steel—he loses his powers when he’s confronted with the stuff. As authors, we all have our Kryptonite, too. For some of us, it’s related to the physical act of writing: We’re bad at putting our butts in chairs and our hands on keyboards, or we’re bad at staying there once we’ve seated ourselves, or we’re bad at taking breaks once we’re there, so our bodies end up twisted into...

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Writing Messes With Your Mind (Book Title Edition)

Posted by on March 1, 2016 in business of writing, recent | Comments Off on Writing Messes With Your Mind (Book Title Edition)

Writing Messes With Your Mind (Book Title Edition)

When I started law school, everyone said, “They’ll teach you how to think like a lawyer.” And everyone was right. Even though I no longer practice law, I still have a tendency to analyze things like a lawyer, structuring arguments to support my points, negotiating solutions, etc. When I started writing books, no one Said, “They’ll teach you how to think like an author.” But they should have. Especially where titles are involved. Cases in point: Last week, I learned about a new anthology, UP AND COMING,...

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Take a Bow, USPS

Posted by on February 23, 2016 in life in klaskyville, recent | 2 comments

Take a Bow, USPS

As you know, Bob, we moved to a new house a few months ago. As a consequence of that move (and increased distance from my post office of 24 years), I decided to close out my post office box. Conveniently, the box had just come up for renewal. I finally got around to completing that task last Thursday.  I drove over to the old post office, waited in line for an unusually long period of time (a man in front of me was mailing 24 –  2′ x 2′ x 3′ boxes to a US soldier), and finally stepped up to the counter. There, I...

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J is for Job

Posted by on February 19, 2016 in rational writer, recent | Comments Off on J is for Job

J is for Job

J is for job. Writing is the toughest job you’ll ever love.  (Sorry, Peace Corps.) When most writers start out, they have a day-job. You know—the one that pays the rent, puts food on the table, buys the computer and reference books so the writer can write. The actual author stuff takes place in spare time, time that could be spent socializing or relaxing or sleeping. The distinction is somewhat ironic, because successful authors need to apply all the discipline of a day-job to succeed in their writing job. What does that discipline look like?...

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