Originally posted on Moondust and Madness:
Self-publishing my life story literally changed my life!
For the past 15 years, I’ve been a freelance reporter for a monthly newspaper. As a journalist, I cover heartbreaking stories all time and get many exclusives. People often voice surprise at how empathetic and easy I am to talk to. Interviewees even share their deepest secrets; all reporters know this is rare and something you do not minimize. It was obvious I was making a difference in people’s lives. I should have been proud and confident. But I wasn’t!
The problem? I found no joy in anything because my personal life was a mess. For years, I played with the idea of writing my life story; I was adopted, then abused until I became a teenage runaway. To move forward with life, I needed to put the horrors of my past on paper; it was the only…
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Originally posted on onewildword:
After a year of focusing on my business and taking care of various family members, I’m working on re-developing a daily writing habit. It feels a bit like learning a new job. I notice resistance to the actual act of sitting my bum in my chair and writing. I also notice I’ve developed the attention span of a gnat.
In my life and business, I’m an incredible multitasker. I won’t go into the details in case you’ve read them before (see my post “How to reclaim your life and energy for your art”). But I’ve been finding that multitasking can actually make you less productive—especially if you’re an artist or a writer.
As Heather Sellers states in her book, Chapter after Chapter, writing is slow work. She relates it to the Slow Food Movement that was born to counter fast food chains taking over the world. Slow food…
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Originally posted on Inkwell Writing:
Finding the perfect name for your characters is a major headache for any budding fiction writer. There can be no question that names are important – entire plotlines can hang on the use of a name.
It could be said that in modern stories you can find names easily enough from your friends and family, but I have found that this is a well which runs dry very quickly. So here is a brief selection of some of the ways I have used to find names for my characters, along with a few pros and cons for each.
Random Name Generators
These programs are surprisingly common, and can be a lot of fun to use if you have no idea of the type of character you are creating or the culture they come from. I have been known to go backwards when it comes to creating worlds – starting with…
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Originally posted on The Art of Storytelling by Leslie I. Benson:
The first issue of Playboy. A vintage, mint condition Spiderman comic. A first-run signed copy of American Gods by Neil Gaiman. A German copy of Abbey Road on vinyl. … Print, whether in book, magazine or comic format—or even in the form of a CD booklet or vinyl sleeve—is collectible and holds value, far beyond that of the green dollar.
Even in a digital age, print journalism still matters. Samir “Mr. Magazine” Husni has it right: “If all my belongings are up in the ‘clouds,’ what do I have?” (Mr. Magazine 2014 Manifesto: The Future of Print in a Digital Age)
I fell in love with writing for magazines, because they have the power to start real conversations. And besides, there’s nothing quite like feeling that slick, glossy paper hot off the press while you enjoy your first cup…
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