December, 2009

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone, part 3 (of 5)

Part 1 is here. Part 2 is over here. “only through destroying myself can I discover the greater power of my spirit” There is bad destruction and good destruction. Good destruction is the clean ending: knowing when to walk away, make the cut, find resolution and closure. It’s the ability to let things go, so…

Dec 30, 2009 · 9 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules for Writing in the Zone, part 2

Part 1 is here, for those who are so inclined. “I say never be complete, I say stop being perfect, I say…Let’s evolve, let the chips fall where they may.” Perfection is static. Perfection is a finished state. Writing fiction is a messy enterprise. It is a process. Like people, like life, it involves growth…

Dec 29, 2009 · 9 Comments / ADD YOURS

Tyler Durden’s Rules For Writing In The Zone, part 1

“How much can you know about yourself, you’ve never been in a fight? I don’t wanna die without any scars.” (all quotes in bold from the character Tyler Durden in the movie FIGHT CLUB) We know ‘the zone’ as a state of higher mental consciousness in which we focus so completely on the task at…

Dec 28, 2009 · 84 Comments / ADD YOURS

who will own your audience: thoughts on the future of publishing

1 We are all publishers now. Content is everywhere. We are drowning in content. When the supply of content exceeds the demand, publishing futurist Mike Shatzkin (and thanks to the excellent Jane Friedman for drawing my attention to this post) asks “What is the new scarce item that will attract the dollars?” Welcome to the…

Dec 24, 2009 · 20 Comments / ADD YOURS

your voice is your brand (developing your author platform even if you’re not published yet, part four)

1 The purpose of an author platform isn’t to sell books. Selling books is like happiness: it comes as a side benefit of doing other things. What you really want to do is call your tribe. Gather them to you. Attract the readers you click with and turn them into fans…and then, if you’re lucky…

Dec 22, 2009 · 5 Comments / ADD YOURS

5 Principles To Remember As You Battle The Demons of Creative Procrastination

cross-posted to Storytellers Unplugged I’ve been practicing my starts. And I’m not talking about the opening paragraphs. I mean, the actual act of sitting down and starting. There’s a reason why people say that half the battle is showing up. People who want to write can be divided into two groups: those who actually do…

Dec 20, 2009 · 5 Comments / ADD YOURS

best reading experience of 2009: LOVE JUNKIE vs A VINDICATION OF LOVE

#Best09 (This is The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. It’s kind of awesome. If you have a blog you should check it out.) What book – fiction or non – touched you? Where were you when you read it? Have you bought and given away multiple copies? Two books marked my brain this year because…

Dec 20, 2009 · 1 Comment / ADD YOURS

mapping the space between us

cross-posted from The Decadence One of the ideas I became interested in and want to explore in my novel-in-progress THE DECADENTS is, to paraphrase a character from one of my favorite novels of all time, WHAT I LOVED (Siri Husvedt): “mapping the space between us, where one person ends and another person begins.” This is…

Dec 20, 2009 · 1 Comment / ADD YOURS

year of the phoenix

#Best09 (This is The Best of 2009 Blog Challenge. It’s kind of awesome. If you have a blog you should check it out.) Best word or phrase. A word that encapsulates your year. “2009 was _____.” 2009 was my phoenix year. The year divorce unnamed me. The year I renamed myself when I became an…

Dec 19, 2009 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

starting your author blog and choosing your blogging platform

1 Before you start your blog, it’s worth asking yourself, What am I going to be passionate enough to write about, day after day after day? Frankly I never bothered (or didn’t know) to ask myself this. I jumped in and started to blog. Although I didn’t think of it as ‘blogging’, maybe because in…

Dec 17, 2009 · 6 Comments / ADD YOURS
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