Today, I am discouraged. My trusty friend, ART AND FEAR, says this: “. . .artmaking can be a rather lonely, thankless affair. Virtually all artists spend some of their time (and some artists spend virtually all of their time) producing work that no one else much cares about. . . The sobering truth is that […]
I was lucky enough to get an Advanced Reader Copy of Chip and Dan Heath’s new book, DECISIVE: How to make better choices in Life and Work. You may know the Heath brothers from their previous books, SWITCH: How to Change Things When Change is Hard and MADE TO STICK: Why Some Ideas Survive and […]
Finding the Sweet Write what you want to write, say the editors. Write what you love, say the editors. I write. I love this! Well, say the editors, it lacks a plot. OK. I write what I love and make sure it has a plot. A good ‘un. (Hey, I’ve studied Hunger Games, and the […]
Here’s another creative writing prompt for your 750 words, a challenge to write 750 words each day to better Think Like a Writer. Read more here. Do you need to get your gripes out? 750Words.com bills itself as “Private, unfiltered, spontaneous, daily.” One way that I use the 750 Words to think like a writer […]
4 Ways to Battle Discouragement When you are so very, very tired of yet another rejection, when discouragement threatens to overwhelm you, what do you do? Friends: One antidote is to stop writing and be with friends. Writer-friends are especially helpful because you can commiserate endlessly (read: complain) about how callous those horrible editors are, […]
Sometimes I write for other places or other places talk about my books. Here are some links for your reading pleasure. 2012 Writer’s Market This year’s market guide–the best in the industry–includes my article on Book Trailers. Based on my experience writing The Book Trailer Manual, the article talks about the pros/cons of book trailers, […]
I’m going today to a high school English class and writing class to talk about my writing process. It may not come up, but I’ve been thinking about what advice I would give a teen about becoming a fiction writer. Advice on Becoming a Fiction Writer Essentials First, be a reader. Read widely.
For the next four or five days, I won’t write. I won’t look at a novel manuscript or a picture book manuscript or even think the word, “Revise.” Just Breathe “How important it is to take the time to read literature, to look at art, to go to concerts. If all parts of your brain […]