Quick-Tip Tuesday: Taking Stock and Soldiering On

It’s been a hard fall, at the end of a tough year. At times like these, when we mourn lost friends, or deal with fears and unexpected disappointments of any sort, it seems that even sitting down to write a page or two is more than we can manage.

On occasion, we here at MW urge you to take a day or two away from writing to enjoy life, to immerse yourself in the pleasures of family and friends, of beloved hobbies, of the simple joys of taking a walk, or reading a book. But at other times, writing can actually be our escape. The world isn’t always a friendly place; real life just sucks now and then. So write. Dive into your worlds, your characters, your storylines. Draw upon the emotions evoked by the real world, but live in those places you’ve created. It helps. Or rather, it helps […]

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Today Is Making Money Monday and … I Just Can’t

But I have to. Right? It’s what writers do. No matter what happens we find a way to be creative or edit or push through. It’s what I’ve always done. Writing is my crutch and my pillow and my dreamland and my advisor and my priest/nurse/psychiatrist, and pretty much my everything.

But this month has been hard and I am rethinking a lot of things. A lot of me. Of my life and my choices.

On Oct 11, my dad went in to Hospice for respite—meaning that he had five days of full time care so my stepmom could get some rest from the 24/7 care has to give alone. My brother is deathly allergic to cats and never could sit with dad, and I work too much, like 16 hours day, 7 days a week, for the last 30 years. Why such long hours? Making Money Everyday, saving lives […]

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Making Money Mondays — Cost Vs Benefit

Morning Y’all. Or afternoon. Or night. Whenever you read this. Yes, MagicalWords.net has a new format of writers posting at most any time, but I wanted to keep to Mondays most of the time simply because I’m used to it.

Today’s post is about fan complaints about the cost of eBooks. A fan (let’s call her Sue Doe, to keep the Jane Doe Yellowrock confusion at bay) sent me a PM (private message) that she would no longer be buying my books because the eBooks cost so much more than other writer’s eBooks. She said I should, “Tell your publisher that they have to lower the costs of the books.” Her claim was that when the eBooks cost more than the paper books (mass-market) the companies are gouging.

We had a polite, long, back-and-forth PM exchange and I ended up telling her I was sorry to lose a fan, but […]

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Making Money Mondays — Kindergarten!

Dragon Con is going to happen in a world that is changing, is more dangerous, more confusing, and more problematic than ever. We have homegrown terrorists who hate anyone who is having fun, we have lunatics with guns and explosives and cars they want to use as weapons. We have factions within fandom and without. We have STUFF!

And that means we need to take it all back to basics. Back to the past, to our very earliest lessons. Let’s take it back to Kindergarten!!!! Let’s all remember our kindergarten rules (updated for the grownup world of today)!

Keep your friends close. Never walk away with a stranger. Eat and drink with friends, not strangers. If strangers become friends, keep your old friends with you. Hold hands to keep together when walking anywhere crowded. Wash hands with soap and water. Brush your teeth. Keep clean (bathe or shower). Know where […]

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The Magic of Elsewhere

Sometimes, I think my writing life echoes the Dr. Seuss book “Green Eggs and Ham.”

Would you write it on a train? Would you write it on a plane?

Would you write it in a car? Would you write it near and far?

I can write it here or there. I can write it anywhere!

I’ve written book chapters and short stories just about everywhere. A big chunk of Deadly Curiosities was written on a cruise ship in the Mediterranean. Most of the time, it’s not nearly that sexy. A lot of times, I can picture the hotel room where I wrote a story or chapter whenever I re-read it. Which means that a lot of my stuff reminds me of Hampton Inns.

I wrote the short story No Reprieve at my vendor table at last year’s Origins. I wrote my alternative Sherlock Holms story for Baker Street Irregulars […]

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It’s About Good Use of Your Resources.

Making Money Mondays…

Morning ALL!

To be published, there is nothing better than the one-on-one of a writer to an editor, talking about a proposal, an ongoing project, or even a project that didn’t go well and didn’t sell well. Unless you are independently wealthy or have a sugar-honey-love, and can make trips to New York to talk to editors, and actually get an appointment (no they usually even don’t make lunch appointments with prospective writers, despite what film industry says), you need to go to writers’ conferences.

Which cost money.

So what to do? First, make a list of what you want out of your dollar spent: Editors as guests? Professional writers in your genre as guests? Opportunity to pitch your project? Opportunity to have a professional critique your writing? Cost of hotel within a certain price range? Near to your house? Inexpensive travel? Restaurants nearby?

And then do […]

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Quick-Tip Tuesday: Learning From Inexperience

Not so long ago, I posted here about revising my early work. I’m preparing for the re-release of my first series, the LonTobyn Chronicle (more on that later) and so have been editing the books: cutting adverbs, strengthening my prose with more forceful verb constructions, and making the writing more concise and direct. You can find the post I wrote about this here. And you can also read Joshua Palmatier’s post from June 28, because he’s been doing much the same thing with his work.

I want to return to the process in this post, because I’m now almost finished editing The Outlanders, the second LonTobyn book. The Outlanders has long been among my favorites of all my books, not because I think it’s the best I’ve written, or even one of the top two or three. It’s not. Rather, I’ve always loved this book because it exceeded my expectations […]

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