Posts tagged: Get a Life!

Why Writers Hate Clever People

By , April 16, 2012 12:00 am

 

"Indie Batman" Cartoon by MMRule

Indie Writer Stereotypes Cartoon No. 1

By , March 12, 2012 12:00 am

 

"Indie Writer Stereotype #1" 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!

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

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

Halloween Cartoon for Writers

By , October 31, 2011 12:00 am

 

Happy Halloween!

Cartoon for Writers

"An Indie Halloween" by MMRule

Time Management for Indie Writers

By , October 17, 2011 12:00 am

 

"Indie Time Management" by MMRule

 

How do you balance work, family, friends, writing, blogging, social networking, etc.?

Does making a schedule help?  Comment and share your tips!

 

Someone Cares and Always Will! Spam Inspiration!

By , October 10, 2011 9:00 pm

 

Feeling unappreciated?

No one tweeting about you?  No pending Facebook notifications?  Checking your work email after dinner just so you feel connected to others?  Do you feel like giving up on your blog?

 

No more! 

You are always connected to hundreds of people who care that you blog: the comment spammers!  Without you they have no purpose, so even when it seems like no one appreciates you, they do!

 

This post is dedicated to the absurd but strangely enjoyable spam comments we don’t mind reading.  Below are some of my favorites that actually lift my mood on a bad day.  Submit your own spam comments for us to enjoy!

 

Short and Sweet

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I was extremely in seventh heaven to turn up this site.

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Hi, this is a great post! Thanks.

Hello. Thank you for posting this post. It helped me alot.

Thanks for the share!

Love your site.

 

Oddly Specific Yet Vague

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I want donate this site, how can I do that?

Do you mind if I quote a couple of your posts as long as I provide credit and sources back to your website? My blog is in the very same area of interest as yours and my visitors would truly benefit from a lot of the information you provide here. Please let me know if this alright with you. Thank you!

I beg permission to quote some articles from this blog to complete the assignment from my school. Thank you for sharing this information, very useful for me.

 

Fortune Cookie Wannabe

Effort only fully releases its reward following a person will not quit.

 

Eleven Signs That You Don’t Spend Enough Time on Your Work in Progress

By , August 29, 2011 12:00 am

 

I try to remain very cooled headed when it comes to querying and waiting for a response.  I expect nothing but the fact that I did my best, that I will always try to improve, and that an agent’s/assistant’s having to read thousands of unsolicited queries is a terrible experience.

 

"Indie Naivete" by MMRule

"Indie Naivete" by MMRule

Fighting the Vortex of Insanity

Designing a literary cupcake after Bransford’s book, however, gave me some jitters.  Bransford is active on Twitter, Facebook, his blog, etc.  Unlike when I write about Stephen King or send out a query letter, I heard Disneyesque birds singing all around me that the person whose opinion matters most very well could see my work and like it.  (For the record he did!)

 

Life Must Continue

The experience made me wonder what would happen if I were able to sit in front of a computer all day with my imagination fueling me.  Fortunately I don’t own a smart phone and have errands and work related responsibilities to complete every day, so it was easy for me to continue living my life while I waited to see if Bransford would notice my post.  But my mind still went to dark places that day.  So many places, in fact, that I surpassed a “top 10″ list!

 

The Exception to the Rule presents Eleven Signs That You Don’t Spend Enough Time on Your Work in Progress.  I’ll let you guess if I’m guilty of any of them!  I admit to nothing and I do not believe that it takes one to know one!  Seriously.

 

11 Signs That You Don’t Spend Enough Time on Your Work in Progress

11.  You read that form rejection letter so many times that you convince yourself that it really was personalized in some way.

 

10.  You bought a smart phone so you can access your email 24/7—just in case an agent asks for a partial.

 

9.  You follow agents on Twitter and keep @mentioning them so they will notice you and realize that you should be represented!

 

8.  You think that having common interests with an agent means that he/she will definitely want to represent you.  (Yes, Stacia Decker, I agree that people should take care of their teeth! I can tell you’ll love my novel!)

 

7.  You dream daily about the movie version of your book and pay no attention to the fact that Dakota Fanning has aged five very formative years since you realized that she is the perfect embodiment of your protagonist.

 

6.  You think you’re friends with your dream agent’s assistant because his/her name appears on your gchat sidebar ever since you received that emailed rejection.  You don’t care that you two have never chatted!

 

5.  You keep track of when agents tweet so you have insight into their work ethic and can guess when they might respond to your query.

 

4.  You have a tab open in your web browser that shows a clock for every time zone where you are querying.  (Come on.  What will that accomplish?)

 

3.  You believe that there is a need for a site that provides more information than querytracker.net

 

2.  You founded querytracker.net (Sorry, Patrick McDonald!)

 

1.  You are only interested in learning about agents, querying response rates, etc. because you have that writing thing DOWN!

 

Now it’s time for your thoughts!

Comment by adding your additions to the list. 

Or reveal which numbers on the list sound a little too much like you!

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