A Kick in the Pants

While working to get back to the writing table with some form of consistency, I find that it feels like its been so long I’m almost starting over from scratch.  This, of course, isn’t the only time I’ve felt like a brand new writer all over again.  Anyone that’s a long time follower of this page knows this.  So, as a “new” writer, I look to resources provided by generous career professionals that pay it forward, and I have a small collection of such resources that go back to when I’m starting over.

This collection consists of articles, blog posts, and podcasts on the writing craft and the business of writing.  You would not believe the hours and hours I’ve spent listening to the audiobook for Stephen King’s, On Writing, over and over while driving back and forth to work…or anywhere else.  Its a fantastic read…or listen…or whatever the equivalent is for a good audiobook. Other times I’ll load a flashdrive with a selection of episodes from the Writing Excuses podcast.

One episode, in particular, has come to mind while trying to reestablish my writing routine.  To me, it most succinctly addresses new writers in my situation struggling with time to write.  If you need a quick, back to the basics, kick in the pants reminder of what it takes to get to be a fulltime writer, then the link below will take you to your starting point.  In my opinion, this should be a must listen for anyone with serious aspirations of writing fiction as a career.  Brandon Sanderson, Howard Tayler, Dan Wells, and their guest, Kevin J. Anderson, lay it out pure and simple.

Agree or disagree?


My vote for the winner

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Fun with #TenThingsNotToSayToAWriter today.

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Search these on Twitter.  A lot of good ones.

Riding Off Into the Sunset

Originally posted on Bob Vardeman's Blog:

If a song can be said to have an impact on my life, it might be Dylan’s “The Times They Are A’Changin'”. I have always liked the line about getting out of the way if you can’t lend a hand. Looking at publishing this way has kept everything in perspective for me over a long writing career.

Ebooks changed the publishing world. Dead tree books will always be around but I found out Friday that there will be a lot fewer from a Big 5 publisher in the future. My editor of quite a few westerns (including Sonora Noose and The Great West Detective Agency) was gone. Along with her apparently went the entire Berkley line of westerns. Earlier this year they had gunned down all their monthly series. With this lynching, I’d say upward of 100 books won’t be published next year. The times are, indeed, changing.


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