The Self-Publishing Furor
NaNoWriMo Prep / November 19, 2015

(This post originally appeared on the NaNoWriMo group on Facebook.) My social reality person was actually good for a post today:   Write, don’t write. Publish, don’t publish. The furor.   It happens every year. Someone reposts the articles about why people should not write. Every year, there is a big fuss because every year there are new writers.   Those of us who have been writing for years and who self-publish LOVE new writers. We don’t fear competition because we don’t compete with each other. My biggest writing support comes from other writers. People like Jeffrey Cook, Renee Fournier, Ronnie Virdi, Erin Blair Roberts, and Ellie Mack (and so many more; I know I left names off!) have encouraged my writing journey and I try to encourage theirs. So when I see posts that say “You’re just afraid of competition when you tell us not to self-publish”, please understand that I was never competing in the first place. Indie writers work with each other, not against.   When I beg you not to publish before you’re ready, it’s not because I’m afraid someone will download your book and like it better than mine. Hurrah! Someone is reading and indie…

Publishing a NaNoWriMo Book: It’s All About Networking
NaNoWriMo Prep / October 16, 2015

I’ve been blathering on about all the things you’re supposed to do in order to publish your book. I was going to jump into Writer platforms (which are neither train stops nor shoes which make you taller). I forgot something very important: networking. There’s a lot of negativity around the term “networking” in the artistic world. (Don’t even think about bringing it up in Figmentland.) It brings up high-powered executives jostling with each other to get the best end of a deal. That’s not how it should be, especially in the creative world. Networking is, at its very best, making friends who do the same thing you do (or something in the same realm) and then working together to support each other. It means taking steps to help others instead of viewing them as your competition. The best thing about networking is that it levels the playing ground for independent writers. If you network, you have as strong a reach as any traditionally published author. There’s a lot said about building a platform. I’m going to say some of it, in fact, next week. That’s important. But far more important is building your network. I belong to an online writer’s…

How I Art Greatly (How to Be an Amazing Writer)
Uncategorized / April 15, 2015

Okay, I don’t art greatly. I don’t even art modestly. But I  am a pretty amazing writer. I tend to watch people a lot. For one thing, it’s funny and I like the free entertainment. For another, it gives me more things to write about. I’ve noticed lately, though, that people aren’t very kind to themselves about writing. I want to write, but I always write garbage. I thought I wrote something wonderful, but my readers told me I should keep my day job. I get tempted to go explain the problem to them, but I have nineteen restraining orders in place, so I thought I’d just tell you all here: Everyone starts out writing garbage.  The good writers keep writing anyway. I know, you see my writing and wonder how I got to be an amazing writer in such a short period of time. I’m a Figment! I was created with twenty years of writing experience in my backstory.  You’re human (I could be wrong), so you have to do things the hard way. You have to write words, words, and more words until you get twenty years under your belt the old-fashioned way. Of course, even literary geniuses…

Snow is Cold and Cold is Bad!
Uncategorized / February 20, 2015

I made it to Nuyark and there is lots of snow. Too much snow. Snow is cold, cold, cold! I heard there’s even more snow in Bahstun.  I’m definitely not going there. There is someone here in Nuyark called The Puhblishur.  Sounds almost as scary as The Conductor. I don’t know what a Reejakeshun Letter is, but one made two writers I met cry. I might have to find a way to write without meeting The Puhblishur. I think I’ll go back to the rain. Wet is better than cold.

Writing is Strange
Uncategorized / February 18, 2015

I don’t understand how writing works here. I write things down… and nothing happens. My characters don’t show up. My scenery doesn’t change. Maybe it’s a quirk in the system I’m using. I’ll have to play around with it later. I heard a rumor that writers often go to a place called Nuyerk.  I heard another rumor that there is a lot of snow in Nuyerk. I’ve never seen real snow. I might have to go look.