Chris Marie Green — Life in a Cave


Hello! Thanks for stopping by again. This is my third post for the month and, so far, I’ve chatted about aspects of building a character and building a world. But this week, how about swerving away from a craft post and going into the nitty-gritty about the writer’s life?

The funniest thing about being a writer is that there’s this idea that it’s a glamorous career. Not so much. <G> I’m sure a lot of you are like me, writing in your pajamas and sitting in your bed with a laptop. You get to make your own hours but, man, my boss is a total hardcase! She’s really strict about deadlines and is constantly on my tail about getting back to work.

Of course, my boss is me. And if I don’t exercise some willpower and stay away from the TV during work hours, I [...]

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Faith Hunter — Release Week

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Hi all. This is my second week on, under the new system. If you have been away from MW this year, and this is your first time back, you are seeing something new. MW has entered a new format, one with more guest speakers and some new emphases—on readers and the business of writing and the life of being a writer, as much as on writing tips, writing toolbox, and methodology.

One of the most important parts in the life of a writer—traditionally published or self-published—is release week. Jan. 7, Tuesday of last week, was release day for BLACK ARTS.

I have to tell you, this feels weird, but I’m game. After some thought, (and two false starts) I decided to make this a post about the business of writing, as much as a PR post about release week, weaving in book blurbs and art and working with the [...]

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The Fiction of a Writer’s Life — Alethea Kontis


Hi All! I’m back for second week at A few years ago, back when I worked for a major book wholesaler, I wrote up A Day in My Life for these lovely Magical Words folks.

My life has changed a LOT since then. The chaos of my schedule, however…not so much.

Being a full time writer means that I don’t have business hours anymore. There is no longer a time I “normally” get up or go to bed. I have no sense of weekdays or weekends. There is only “working” and “feeling guilty about not working.”

I travel a LOT now, so much so that I’ve started creating folders for myself with pertinent information for each trip inside. Of course, in order to do this I have to take a day or two out of my schedule and play at being my own personal assistant…but these [...]

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BLACK ARTS and Secondary Characters

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Happy New Year, Everyone!

This is my first post of 2014, with the new format, and (gasp, can it be so?) I have a book release today. Yes. Today. I’ve a case of the jitters worthy of a bee keeper who is allergic to bees, because I quit my job at the lab in the hopes that I’ll hit high enough in the lists and sales numbers to actually pay my bills. Yes. You heard right. I am solely and completely a full time writer now, instead of being a full time writer and full time lab rat (for the benefits). Instead of the 80 hour work weeks I have pulled for the last 20 years, I’ll be working only 50 hours each week. I will be resting. Paddling white water. Resting. Yoga-ing. Resting. Baking bread again. I have a loaf cooling now. And I had massage this morning. [...]

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Best Books

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Writers are always asked what their favorite books are. Since its holiday season, I thought I’d share, then (at the bottom) talk about what I find difficult to do as a writer.

As I’ve said here before, my life changed in fifth grade when my teacher told my mom I was a poor reader. They two of them cooked up an evil plan to have me read aloud to mom for 30 minutes every day. The school librarian picked out book she thought I’d like, and I still remember that book. It was Gilligan’s Island, a comedy book, based on the old TV series. The first day I dropped into the story I was hooked. By day three, I was reading under the covers with a flashlight. By that Friday, day five, I had finished that book and was halfway into the next one. I haven’t stopped reading since.

These [...]

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Multiple Projects, E-Readers, and Struggles: The Emphera of a Winter’s Day


I have a bunch of ideas for things to write about today, and not one of them is substantive enough to sustain an entire post. And so it’s time for me to do one of my miscellanea posts. A paragraph or two about several things. Feel free to comment or ask about any one of them.

Are you working on a book right now? People here in my little town ask me this all the time. They know that I write for a living. They know that I write full-time. But they don’t really understand what this means. My standard answer now is “Yes, I’m pretty much ALWAYS working on a book.” But even that isn’t accurate, because the truth is I’m always working on several books. For the past couple of months I’ve been writing the fourth Thieftaker book, Dead Man’s Reach. I hope to finish my first draft [...]

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Writing Gifts

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I want to talk about writing. Really I do, but instead I’m going to talk about stuff. Sharon Lee talked about the Levenger catalog on her blog the other day. Levenger, if you don’t know, carries really nice office supplies, furniture, fountain pens, and all sorts of luxurious sorts of office related supplies. The question Sharon has, is who buys this stuff? Who uses it? I wonder the same thing. I used to covet some of the stuff, almost as a marker of being professional. Like I would be a real grown up writer if I had some of the cool stuff. I do admit they’ve cut down considerably on their breadth of products over the years, and to me, the offerings aren’t nearly as enticing, though I can’t be sure if that’s because I no longer find things as interesting, or if their products are not as amazing as [...]

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