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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day four

Today I had to push through to 2040 words. I’m not really sure where this story is going…
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(Not) NaNoWriMo, Day Three

2130 words today, took way too long (4 hours.) The apathy is already setting in…
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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day Two.

Today was a solid day of writing. I managed to do 2,400 words today.
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(Not) NaNoWriMo Day One

So I’m not doing NaNoWriMo just like I haven’t the last couple of Novembers I’ve been a professional writer. I did write 1,662 words today. Good luck to all you NaNoWriMoers!
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Nifty NaNoWriMo progress PSD with instructions.

I have a bunch of writer friends. (Duh, right?) We were talking about progress bars, and I said I could make my own progress bar in Photoshop, and they were welcome to it. Click here for the PSD, and keep reading for instructions.

So I made it in Photoshop CS6, but I’m pretty sure these instructions will work all the way back to CS5, and what ever the latest creative cloud version is. I’m too lazy to fetch my G5 machine to check it out in CS3, but since changing the hue and doing an anchored transform are all you need to do, it should work in CS3 as well. The default color is pink, since I made it that way for a specific author. (Hi, Akje Majdanek!) I’ll give you the OS X keyboard shortcuts.
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Setting is Crucial to Your Story


Why ALL Fiction is Science Fiction

Check out this post by D. Paul Angel.

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Why ALL Fiction is Science Fiction*

|| Imagine if you will a recording studio. There’s a control room with tables and banks of countless knobs, switches, and slides, used to control almost every sound produced in the sound booth. Here, soundproofed from external noise the musicians, actors, or foleys ply their audiotastic trade. Writing, at its truest core, is best imagined through this construct.

The sound booth is the world we create with our words. Every story starts with one, though the inside is more akin to the holodecks of Star Trek’s later series than to a conventional sound room. The walls, floor, and ceiling are all blank including the door to the Fourth Wall. Where you, as the writer sits. Before you though is the most complicated control board ever devised. Just think about all the variables that go into this now blank world!

Every aspect of the world…

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Bypassing Laziness and Fear to Write More Diverse Books

So, I asked SciFi author, Greg Dragon to guest blog in my little space, and he acquiesced.


Greg-Dragon-2When people ask for diverse books it’s with an attitude that assumes it would be easy to fix the problem. Why would it not be easy? Just swap a white protagonist for a brown or black one, and make him female, right? Not quite, and though I have the privilege of being a “black author” in that I can write about black people in whatever way I so please—without scrutiny—when it comes to women, it gets complicated.

Writing What I know (Men)

One of the biggest praises I get from men when it comes to my books is that I write men to be authentic of who we are. You would think that being a man would make this automatic, but I read a lot of books written by men where the male characters are stereotypes as opposed to what you would find in a real person. My portrayal of men comes from a long history as a relationship blogger. When you’ve been forced to dissect why your gender does certain things—and behave certain ways—for as long as I have, you will find that it more than influences your writing. So, as you can imagine, many readers love my men, or hate them because they want the ideal caricature.

My book “The Factory” comes to mind, when I take the reader into the mind of a stripper-loving, money-chasing, young hustler who pretends to be a “nice guy” to the people he works with. Women in my life that have been taken advantage of by a character like this, HATE the book, and boy did I hear about it. Hell, due to it being written in first person, I was accused of it being a biography (shoot me now), but that was a reflection on them, not me.

What did I hear from men that have read the book? They LOVED it. They either know a guy like him, or they had similar perversions, thoughts, or aspirations when they were younger. If I wanted to make him palatable to everyone, I would have just written another tired, gangster (thug with a heart of gold) stereotype. How boring.

Writing What I Sort of know (Women)

I don’t second guess my male characters whenever I create them, but my female characters, whew, I go through a lot of internal conflict whenever a story is finished. What are the questions that come about when I finish a book? Continue reading


How to know you’re ready for KindleScout

Since a Kindle Scout campaign is looming close for 16Sunsets, I thought I’d share this post with y’all. While you’re at it, how about nominating Katie’s book?

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KindleScout is a program run by Amazon that allows you to submit a complete novel for a chance at a contract. The campaign runs for thirty days during which time you use social media and whatever connections you have to get votes. The goal is to show Amazon editors that you have a product worth selling. If your book attracts enough attention, they’ll read it and if they like it, they’ll publish it.

I’m running my own campaign this month for my women’s fiction novel, Finding Charlie. There’s a lot that I considered before going this route and I thought it might help other writers to share the process.

To start with, there are important things to consider before you sign the contract that’s required at the beginning of the campaign. Signing means that if they select you, you agree to their terms – there’s no contract negotiation and…

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Writing communities matter

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A few weeks ago,  the writer’s site Authonomy.com announced that it will be closing its cyber doors. I was a member there for nearly six years and met some amazing writers in that time. It was a great place to connect with the like-minded for critique and friendship and I’m hoping we find a way to keep our community together in some meaningful way in the future.

In the meantime, I want to highlight some of Authonomy’s success stories, with the understanding that we all define success differently. These people have taken what they learned on the site and created something tangible in the real world. There’s no way to mention everyone, so consider this a sampling of the many gems the site was able to uncover.

Most Likely to Succeed

John Booth – “Authonomy was a major part of my writer’s journey. It was the place where I found…

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