Do you really need hobbies if you are an aspiring author?

By , January 30, 2012 12:00 am

 

Do you really need hobbies if you are an aspiring author?  Weigh in and leave a comment!

"Indie Hobbies" Cartoon by MMRule

Should you tell coworkers about your novel?

By , January 23, 2012 12:00 am

 

Can’t wait to tell someone about your productive weekend of writing and editing?  Speak at your own risk!

"Indie Bragging" Cartoon by MMRule

The number one reason agents receive too many queries

By , January 16, 2012 12:00 am

 

I have a theory as to why literary agents receive so many terrible, unprofessional queries:

"The Indie Norm" Cartoon by MMRule

If you are serious about finding an agent, do your best to deviate from the norm!

 

How you will know if your book idea is a good one

By , January 9, 2012 12:00 am

 

Remember Me!

 

Owning an iPhone 4S means that I now have the opportunity to write down every idea that comes to me.  And I come up with a lot of creative ideas.  A lot.

 

I indulged in recording every unformed thought and story fragment for the first few weeks, but I could not feel comfortable with myself.  Every time I groped for my phone after an especially vivid dream or dictated to Siri during my commute, I kept hearing Stephen King scold me.

 

“If you can’t remember it, it was a terrible idea,” he said in The Atlantic (April, 2011), and I couldn’t stop myself from wondering if I was sabotaging my future novels with The List.

 

Writing ideas down feels good.  The List is a safety net there to provide some cushion on that theoretical day when I will find myself soulless and creatively bankrupt.  If and when that day comes, though, perhaps it will make more sense to take a break from writing than to dredge through dozens of “this is sure to be a best seller” gems that I thought of on my way from the shower to my toothbrush.

 

Yes, I do have a few weeks of ideas written, but I doubt I will ever look at them again.  The good ideas are already ingrained in me and are evolving on their own.  The best ones are those that return to me every day and are waiting for me to finish my current project and find time to formally craft them.

 

So, while I cuddle with my current WIP while fantasizing about my next, I’ll take my hat off to Stephen King and hope that I’ll overcome my like of idioms by then.

 

2012 New Year’s Resolutions for Writers

By , January 2, 2012 12:00 am

 

Happy New Year! 

For all of you motivated indie writers out there, remember that you may already be doing enough to help further your writing career!  If you have an effective routine, don’t feel the need to over extend yourself just because it is the start of a new year.

 

Feel like you do need a resolution?  Tell us about how you plan to change for the better!

 

"Indie New Year's Resolutions 2012" by MMRule

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