Austin Kleon is my favorite. I don’t hide this very well. .@austinkleon is on vacation from his blog, and I'm severely deprived of content. — Robert R. Fike (@robfike) July 31, 2018 He has produced several books that have changed my life as an artist and creator for the better. Steal Like an Artist and Show Your Work are really why I talk at all … Continue reading Active Reading in the Margins
I’ve been trying my damndest to revise my first novel, The Department for Mutated Persons, so I’ve been trying to glean any and all information on how to revise the right way. I have a lot of links – a bag full of info really – and it’s hard to sift through it without sharing it with y’all as well. So enjoy this post.
Original article via Writers in the Storm blog.
By Janice Hardy
Revisions are a part of writing, and as much as we wish they’d go smoothly, they don’t always work out like we planned. Some manuscripts fight us and nothing we do makes them any better. When we run into such a troublesome beast, it helps to step back and figure out the problem before we make a mess of our stories.
Noah Zandan brings us an interesting video on the language of lying. This can be helpful not only to spot a liar, but – for writers – to create complex characters that lie in ways that feel genuine. Continue reading The language of lying
Mental health can be a real drain. As someone who has suffered from depression and currently taking medication for anxiety, it can make every day like walking through thick mud. But understanding depression is the first step of the battle to combat it. Continue reading “What is Depression?”
Reedsy offers tools to get your book out in the wild, which is the endgame for most people writing a book, no? Here’s a quick, 5-minute video that will walk you through the various tools that can help you make a book for FREE through their site. Also if you are interested in just learning more about self-publishing, book creation, or writing in general, you … Continue reading How to Make a Book for Free with Reedsy
And for a comprehensive blog on this topic, visit reedsy’s website ! Continue reading How to Create a Book Outline in 3 Steps – Reedsy
I am a lot of things. Dad, husband, friend, writer, artist, editor, designer, etc. But I am not these things in any sort of final form. I have to keep learning. As Dory says: Just keep swimming. She meant it more in a different way than what I mean it now, but it still helps me remember that if I’m not swimming – learning – … Continue reading Just Keep Learning
Thank ya, Ted-Ed! It’s cool to think about where words come from, how we make them, how we repurpose old words. Continue reading Where do new words come from?
I’m hip-deep in the development of a trilogy, which is an undertaking itself. But combine with the fact that I have a problem finishing things and, well, you get it. I want to edit my first book, but am more enticed by the thought of working on the sequel… then the third. But without that first book, the trilogy isn’t anything. How do we buckle … Continue reading I will finish this sen
Guru is a weird word. Self-professing yourself as one is even weirder, perhaps the weirdest. Especially in industries that are bizarre chaos – technology and social media for example – the term guru (re: the popular expert) is laughable. An ever-changing industry, shifting its paradigm overnight at times, is not the place for someone finding comfort in being the expert. As Tyler Durden would say: … Continue reading Remove Guru from your flavor text