December, 2009

where do you get your ideas: Britney and me

When people ask, “Where do you get your ideas?” the answer is as simple as “Everywhere!” — and too complex to explain without boring you out of your head. To get ideas, you need to open yourself to the world, give yourself permission to follow your obsessions wherever they might lead you, no matter how…

Dec 17, 2009 · 9 Comments / ADD YOURS

what a good blogger and a good conversationalist have in common

One of the things I didn’t understand when I started my Livejournal four or five years ago was that an author blog is so much more than a way to showcase your writing or promote your books. When other people read your blog, a small number of them will leave comments, which means the reader…

Dec 17, 2009 · 7 Comments / ADD YOURS

blogging is good for you: why, for the love of the gods, you should start your author blog today

So you’re an author — published or unpublished, doesn’t matter — and you’ve accepted the cold hard truth: you need a blog. Maybe you’re not exactly sure why you need a blog, only that everybody (publishers, editors, agents, your aunt, your landlord, the kid who walks your dog) says you need a blog, and you…

Dec 14, 2009 · 13 Comments / ADD YOURS

one of the challenges for any writer

cross-posted to The Decadence One of the challenges for any writer is to find that balance between solitude and intimacy, independence and community. An artist – and by this I mean anyone who takes art-making seriously, whatever kind of art that may be – is by definition a rebel. The whole point of art is…

Dec 14, 2009 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

smash the boundaries and let the new stuff in

Between each fruitful phase are long periods of exploration, faltering, learning, and working things out. – Kenneth Noland In January 2009, I faltered: my creative life paralyzed by anxiety and ambivalence as the rest of my life came apart. My marriage had ended. Less than two months after he’d filed for divorce, my ex-husband announced…

Dec 13, 2009 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

write hard, write fast

I like how experienced novelist James Scott Bell puts it in his book THE ART OF WAR FOR WRITERS: Write hard, write fast, and the fire of creation will be yours. It reminds me of an exercise Rachel Resnick (LOVE JUNKIE, GO WEST YOUNG F*CKED UP CHICK) had us do in a workshop: “You have…

Dec 13, 2009 · 0 Comments / ADD YOURS

building your author platform even if you’re not published yet, part three: find your readers, catch them, bring them back

In my last post about author platforms I came up with the term ‘author wave’ which, to me, is more reflective of my growing understanding of what the process is. Or maybe an author wave complements an author platform. Chris Brogan talks about your platform as “a place from which to share ideas”. Literary agent…

Dec 11, 2009 · 5 Comments / ADD YOURS

why you need to write like a bad girl, part three: truth

1 Nina Sankovitch decided to read and review a book a day for an entire year — and blog about it. In this interview, she observes: “The traits of great writing are genuineness, truth, fearlessness. Say it out loud: no fear.” To tell the truth, your truth, as you understand it. Or, if you’re a…

Dec 10, 2009 · 12 Comments / ADD YOURS

building your author platform even if you’re not published yet, part two: paradigm shift

1 I mentioned in my livejournal that I found most information on platform-building for fiction writers to be unsatisfactory, and it’s been interesting to think about why. The advice seems to be as follows: start a blog! get on Twitter! get on LinkedIn, Myspace, Facebook! build a website! There’s not a lot of info on…

Dec 7, 2009 · 21 Comments / ADD YOURS

building your author platform even if you’re not published yet, part one: why you need to

I am a big fan of Chris Brogan — his TRUST AGENTS is one of those books I practically hurl at people’s heads (in a good way), I recommend it so much — and although he talks about how social media and community-building applies to business, a lot of what he says applies to writers….

Dec 6, 2009 · 18 Comments / ADD YOURS