Monthly Archives May 2013

New Series: The Classical Elements

If you’ve ever read any of my writing, you might already know that I love the idea of the four classical elements: fire, water, earth and air. They play a central role in the universe I created, and certain characters can use magic that’s tied to them. But they also carry a great symbolism as well. I think there are ways we writers can put the four classical elements to use. And I’m not just talking about modeling character archetypes based on the four elements, although that is a very common practice. The meanings behind each element can apply to
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Guest Post: Inspirational Post for Indie Writers

This week has been an unusually difficult week for me.  It is so close to the release of my debut novel, Ravenous, that I am getting opening night jitters.  Like a tech week from hell, I hope that my bad dress rehearsal means a successful dress. (Sorry for the bad theatre puns, I come from that world) It all began with some very negative, maybe constructive criticism of my book, just two weeks away from release.  I know that not everyone will love it (or like it, might even hate it) but the critique meant a whole new restructuring of
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R is for Reaching…your goals—How bad do you want it?

This year flew by to say the least. Goals and plans have changed to suit disorganization and lack of focus to satisfy the need to procrastinate further. We will be half-way through the year in around 40 days. Some of us…maybe a lot of us will be asking ourselves: “Where did the time go?” Feverishly, we go through our year’s To-Do lists and only see a few tasks checked off. How bad do you want it? A couple of weeks ago, I found myself repeating this very question, looking over my out-of-sorts list of tasks to be completed. Among the many things I’ve accomplished thus
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Keep marching on!

I was going to start writing my new book today but paused to write this article. Sometimes you have an urge to share a thought that occurs to you and I tend to follow my urge. I compared my fiction writing skills to an Indian classical dance that I learned from my teacher a few years back. There was no question about my dedication to learn the dance for a stage performance but the issue was that it was a tough dance to learn which took years for people to master. When I thought I had learned it, my teacher
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Writers Poll—We need your opinion

Take the poll novel writers and share your views for the best of the best Editing/Grammar software available for writers. Your input can help fellow writers spend a little less time researching software and more time writing their next novel. Feel free to elaborate in the comment box! [polldaddy poll=7106600]
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Writing Obsession? Channel Your Overachiever Productively!

It’s good to have a passion!  Sitting on the floor of the pit of my depression, staring around at the rubbly walls, I wondered what was wrong with me.  Nothing more than a warm body that processed the occasional thought, I realized one thing wrong with my life was that I had no passion.  We all need a reason to get out of bed of a day, and it helps when one reason is the joy, delight, verve, thrill, and zest in exploring or participating in something we love.  Sometimes a lifelong pleasure in reading works itself up to the
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Alien Methodology

A few days ago, I began working on a story idea of the alien invasion variety, because the premise made me laugh and I thought it would be fun. Besides, I have wanted to do a series of short stories to test the market and see what people were responding to these days. Well, the alien invasion story became more like an alien visitation. And then, I found that while it was entertaining in premise, there was no real conflict going on, and none of the characters had much to gain or lose. That’s the death knell for plotting. So
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Editing—Bane of a Writer’s Existence

There is no fast and easy way when it comes to a writer editing their manuscripts.   We have to take solace though, knowing we can type our work out. What if we had to still write on stone or wood, or use ink and a feather. Our books would take for-ever to write. And editing that work…we could forget about it. Funny enough, it seems to be easier to edit the work of others and my kids’ favorite one–correcting their grammar. With the increase of editing and grammar software, one might think the editing woes are over. Not so fast…because as writers
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The Art of Flash Fiction

One thing I’m constantly hearing from my non-writer, former-reader friends is this: “I’d really like to read more. I simply don’t have the time.” No worries, my busy friends. Writers are clever, and we have a solution for you: Flash Fiction. What is Flash Fiction? Flash fiction goes by many names–micro fiction, sudden fiction, and postcard fiction to name a few–all names that reflect the heart of its nature: flash fiction is extremely short fiction. How long? Many agree that flash fiction is long enough to convey the classic elements of a narrative, but quick enough to read in just
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Why the Bad Rap, Indies?

It’s Saturday, and I’ve spent much of my day drinking coffee, so maybe that’s why I’m a little on edge. Did I mention that I love coffee? It goes hand in hand with writing, don’t you think? Unless you prefer tea, and then tea is a better option. Now on to the real purpose of my article. Did you query your indie novel before you decided to forget about it and go it alone? Well, that taste of query has been with me all day as I try to approach the unapproachable book blogger. I’m not trying to be divisive,
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