Obsessing Over Word Count

What constitutes a full day of work in the creative world works differently than a large number of other jobs. When I worked in an office a good day was based on how much paperwork I got done. When I worked in retail a full day was really just showing up and being there for […]

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The Highs and Lows of a Great Idea

So my sister finished reading this draft of my novel and we got to talking. She had some solid suggestions, but our conversation snowballed. As a direct result, I had decided to change a large number of things. On the one hand this is great. It has me really excited to push forward with this […]

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Writing Fast

Lately I’ve been noticing a disturbing trend. I am ashamed to say it’s one that has been impacting me for awhile, despite my just now realizing it. I have been writing fast, not well, fast. It has become a bragging point to me that I can quickly turn out posts for my sites, and cram […]

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It’s Not Inspiration It’s Work

There are a lot of people that want to be writers that simply don’t write. You hear “the curse of writer’s block” and “I’m waiting for inspiration” a lot, and it’s frustrating. Writing, is like any job, you have to work at it. In response to this attitude there are a lot of people that […]

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The Struggle for Ideas

In addition to “running” this blog, I also run geeksnerdsunite as you know. I say “running” because I am struggling to update it as often as I should. Over the years of writing, either for myself or other websites, coming up with ideas has always been an issue. Sometimes they come to me quickly, based […]

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Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover

We’ve all heard the saying “You can’t judge a book by it’s cover” and it’s a rather nice, though slightly naïve. The reality is whether it’s actual book covers, people, food, anything really, our first look at it does shape our initial impressions. To this end, finding someone to help with a literal book cover […]

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Write Everyday?

I see a lot of people that say, if you want to be a writer you just write everyday. This is sound, but in it’s own right one of the issues of being a writer. There is a belief that you must either write or work on your writing every single day. The problem with […]

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The Editing Trap

I have written before about the editing struggle. It’s a skill that I desperately need to improve on. Editing really is as important as writing. Aside from readability, it can help you to develop your characters, plot, and settings more. The problem with editing is it can also be a trap. My current novel that […]

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The editing struggle

Lately the reality of how terrible I am at editing has become rather apparent. I get far too distracted, lose my drive and motivation, and don’t feel like I am using my creativity. It’s such an important part of the writing process, and one I frankly need to learn to do better. I always start […]

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