I know a fair amount of writers. By that I don’t necessarily mean that these people write books, but they write. They’re a mix of journalists, passionate writers, bloggers, novelists and editors. It doesn’t really matter what the objective is. They’re writers. It’s as simple as that.
One of the most common problems I’ve found among said writers is a vice that to some degree many of us have buried down somewhere. It’s the fear of having our work exposed, critiqued, ridiculed or torn down by an outside party. It’s the vulnerability we face by putting our writing out there and having its fate rest in the hands of its beholders. It’s the fear of what you do and love to do leaving the safety of your mind. It’s the fear of judgement day.
Continue reading “Don’t Hide Your Work From The World”
Profanity is an interesting topic to me because of people’s vastly different reactions to it both in real life and literature. Some people cringe and can’t take swear words at all, others aren’t bothered by them in the slightest and some people consider them only to be effective when used in a good context. You even get those who feel profanity is a crutch for the inarticulate.
I don’t quite fall on any particular side in this debate because I’m totally an advocate for freedom in writing and creating art with as little rules as possible. But I do like to entertain all sides of the discussion.
My desire to talk about the topic arose recently when out of interest I checked the ‘fuck’ count in my upcoming book, The Black Glass Killer, and discovered that the word appeared a whopping 150 times in the novel so far, and that number can go up or down during the editing process.
Continue reading “The Use Of Profanity In Writing”
There’s a thing about being an indie author, or indie artist of any kind really, that requires you to be made of thicker stuff than most people. The reason is not only because you’re out there alone in the great big bad world, but also because what seem like fantastic milestones and life achievements for you do little more to excite the world than toast getting burnt. Perhaps the most apt example would be the completion of your first great project, whether it’s a book or a song or whatnot, and feeling this enormous rush. All the hours and hours of slaving away to create your masterpiece has finally resulted in the completed project, and you just can’t wait to share it with the world. It’s euphoria at its finest. Only thing is, your bubble gets cruelly popped as you finally get around to telling the world, and no one cares.
Continue reading “Dealing With Demotivation”
In today’s world, the decision between embracing the ways of the digital age or going with the traditional route is a complex battle that each individual artist must face. Unfortunately finding the answer can be exceptionally tough because so many people will have different opinions about it, and you’ll probably go half-crazy like I did spending your hours reading through hundreds of opinions on the internet. There are just too many good reasons on both sides.
Continue reading “Deciding Between Traditional Publishing And Self-Publishing”