Are you as well read as Victor Frankenstein’s monster?

By , March 5, 2012 12:00 am

 

"Indie Monster" Cartoon by MMRule

Does People-Watching Help Character Development?

By , February 27, 2012 12:00 am

 

Are fictional characters drawn directly from life? Obviously not, at least on a one-to-one basis—you’d better not, unless you want to get sued or shot on your way to the mailbox some fine morning.

~Stephen King, On Writing

 

"Indie Shopping" Cartoon by MMRule

Does people-watching help your character development?  Comment and let us know!

President’s Day Challenge for Writers

By , February 20, 2012 12:00 am

 

Happy President’s Day!

While I usually associate President’s Day with vacation time and an extra 30% off (in stores only), I’m deciding to mix up my pleasure reading today by giving a nod to some of our nation’s finest American writers.

 

No Longer a Snooze Fest

Perhaps the last time you encountered works by John Adams, Abraham Lincoln, or Thomas Jefferson it was because your palm slipped and you fell face first into your high school history textbook.  But those days are over!  If you are an aspiring writer, you know the importance of pushing yourself to read different voices and pieces written for a variety of audiences.  My challenge on this President’s Day, therefore, is to rediscover pieces of American literature from some of our most memorable presidents.  What constitutes as “most memorable” may be your decision!

 

Why Bother?

Many of our presidents are masters of emotion and oratory.  Their sentiment and use of literary techniques will remind you that a solid presentation will help any message.  Plus you may find your word choice refreshed by the American lexicon of the 1700s-1800s.  So tear into Google and discover for yourself that our presidents are keen observers and just as idealistic as we writers.

 

Need Help Getting Started?

Comment by suggesting your favorite presidential reads.  I’m starting with some speeches by Abraham Lincoln!

Valentine’s Day Cartoon for Writers: Indie Romance

By , February 13, 2012 12:00 am

 

Happy Valentine’s Day!  One of the most fulfilling relationships that we writers can have is with our novels!  So remember to give your work-in-progress some TLC on Tuesday!  It is also a good idea to buy a Valentine and a nice dinner for your significant other too.

"Indie Romance" Cartoon by MMRule

Will there be any commercials for novels during Super Bowl 47?

By , February 6, 2012 12:00 am

 

Are novels and commercials a successful mix?

 

No matter whether you found the commercials during Super Bowl 46 titillating or a bore, we can agree that soda, Progressive’s Flo, and Detroit got more screen time than novels.  Of course, that is nothing new for us.  Commercial advertisements for books seem limited to James Patterson (a money making mastermind) holding his latest construction and directly telling people to buy it.

 

While most authors who’ve “made it” traditionally have stayed away from making commercials, I have noticed during the past year that more and more indie authors are posting book trailers online.

 

Do you think that these trailers help indie authors?  Is it possible to create a creative commercial for a book that is worthy of $3.5 million dollars during the Super Bowl?

 

Tell us what you think!

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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