September, 2010

the importance of vision: what we can learn from total narcissists (even though they suck)

1 If you’ve ever been in an intimate relationship with a classic narcissist, you learn this the hard way: Narcissists suck. Their charming façade turns out to be just that: a façade, shaped and molded to get what they want from you. They are punitive, controlling and emotionally abusive. They don’t allow you to have…

Sep 29, 2010 · 22 Comments / ADD YOURS

How fiction writers (& other creatives) can develop into badass bloggers

1 There are many good reasons to blog, but to be a truly effective badass blogger you need a purpose that transcends your own self-interest. 2 Writers (and other creatives) will decide to blog because editors and agents and people like me tell them they need a platform. But if you throw up a blog…

Sep 27, 2010 · 27 Comments / ADD YOURS

why you should blog to build your writing career even if you don’t think you need to

1 I had dinner last night with a very bright young guy who scored a six-figure advance from a major publishing house for his nonfiction work-in-progress. We talked about blogging. He asked me how much time I spent on my own blogging. (A lot.) He asked me if it takes me away from my book…

Sep 23, 2010 · 37 Comments / ADD YOURS

how small steps can make you a published writer and social media ninja

In her talk about how digital media empowers writers, thought leader Jane Friedman namechecks this site – and me. Which is awesome, and so thank you very much Jane! (That, however, is beside the point. I just wanted to brag.) She also stresses the importance of a long-range view when it comes to the use…

Sep 16, 2010 · 17 Comments / ADD YOURS

are you experienced? technology changes idea of author-brand

Having lots of stuff doesn’t make you happy. Which is why there seems to be this growing movement afoot to get rid of as much stuff as possible. It’s like they say (although I’m kind of paraphrasing here): declutter your mind – and your ass will follow. I think this taps into an ongoing sea-change…

Sep 11, 2010 · 7 Comments / ADD YOURS

the key element that every good scene needs (or: how to change the game in your novel)

A good scene requires a turning point. A turning point happens on two different levels, and like a figure skater planning two quad jumps in his Olympic performance, it’s important to nail each one. (Okay, that figure skater reference probably a bit gratuitous. I just wanted an excuse to use that photo of Kurt Browning….

Sep 7, 2010 · 4 Comments / ADD YOURS

are you in your creative element?

My first-ever guest post is up at Lateral Action. It’s about finding “your element”, that sweet spot, that wild streak of creative you that puts you in the zone. Writing that post — and reading about multiple intelligences — made me realize something. When I write, I tend to get up and move around a…

Sep 6, 2010 · 2 Comments / ADD YOURS

why bad girls get all the best lines

Ten months ago I wrote a post called why you need to write like a bad girl. I was groping towards a connection between ‘badness’, writing, and authenticity. Except I didn’t realize this until I read a book (for a nonfiction project I’m working on) called THE CURSE OF THE GOOD GIRL by Rachel Simmons….

Sep 1, 2010 · 13 Comments / ADD YOURS
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