Posts Tagged ‘Blogs’

20
May

Passion for Writing: May 20th, 2010

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III    in Passion for Writing

Mark Twain: “When you catch an adjective, ill it. No, I don’t mean that utterly, but kill the most of them – then the rest will be valuable. They weaken when they are close together, they give strength whenthe are wide apart. An adjective-habit, or a wordy, diffuse, or flowery habit, once fastened upon a person, is as hard to get rid of as any other vice.”
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From Tom Dupree, a great modern history of reading, on how women came to play increasingly more significant roles both within the publishing industry, and as readers.
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Critters.org conducted a very interesting price survey on ebooks, and what prices people think are “fair” or too high.
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On Jim C Hines’ blog, there’s an interview with a mysterious fantasy author who has decided to use a pseudonym. He talks about his decision to do so.
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Why Your Book Isn’t Selling has some decent advice about selling books, though more at a beginner’s level.
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Here’s something for both writers and non-writers: A fantastic list of 50 Things Your Customers Wish You Knew by @Sonia Simone. Some of my favorites:

1. I don’t need you to be perfect, but I do need to know I can rely on you.
5. A friendly voice on the other side of the phone [Moses: or, insert other media] means more than you can imagine.
9. I want to tell you what would make this relationship better for me. Why don’t you ever ask me?
19. I like to get little goodies no one else is getting.
20. I don’t understand how to use your Web site, but I can’t admit that because it would make me feel dumb.
28. I want to buy your product, but I need you to help me justify it to myself.
34. I have the attention span of a goldfish. Go too long without contacting me and I’ll simply forget you exist.
45. I believe I deserve much more than I’m getting.
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If you’re on Shelfari, I just set up my account last night. I may join GoodReads soon, as well.
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And finally, a five-second video of my three-year-old saying grace at the table: “Thank you all dis food–AMEN!” The kid is passionate about blessing food!

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22
Apr

Passion For Writing: April 22nd, 2010

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III    in Passion for Writing

Kurt Vonnegut: “Our power is patience. We have discovered that writing allows even a stupid person to seem halfway intelligent, if only that person will write the same thought over and over again, improving it just a little bit each time. It is a lot like inflating a blimp with a bicycle pump. Anybody can do it. All it takes is time.”
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Cec Murphey has a great couple of cautionary articles on using the progressive tense (-ing verbs). Part 1. Part 2. Cec Murphy’s blog is fantastic, btw. That reminds me to go add him to my blogroll …
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Marian Schembari asks, “How horrible is your About page“? She offers suggestions on what to do and what not to do.
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The difference between an alpha and a beta reader.
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@Zoe Winters has a nice piece on how to be a patron of (support) independent writers.
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C. Patrick Schulze explains How to Get Your Self-Published Novel Reviewed
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@Xander Bennett offers advice for (screenplay) writers on how to write a kick-ass protagonist:
1 – Make her WANT SOMETHING.
2 – Make her INCREDIBLY GOOD at what she does.
3 – Have her CHANGE enormously.

See his article for his arguments on each point.
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And here’s a video of me and my 3-year-old son, in which he thinks he hears the smell of poo-poo, then suggests it’s hiding:

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13
Apr

Passion for Writing: April 13th, 2010

   Posted by: Moses Siregar III    in Passion for Writing

“Genius is the recovery of childhood at will.” –Arthur Rimbaud
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“I can do anything I put my mind to–except put my mind to anything.” -Nicholas Vesiri
Thanks Atsiko.
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This is an excellent, short piece from @SoniaSimone. Seriously, if you write, read it. 5 Editors Secrets to Help You Write Like a Pro. Better to be safe than sorry. 😉
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Malone Editorial Services discusses where new writers fail. Excerpt: “Here’s the kicker: Though you may sell a lot of copies of the first book, and therefore think it was good, those readers if not truly entertained won’t buy the second. And your career as an author has just tanked. Only the iceberg you hit was you.”
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Mette Ivie Harrison has a number of good articles on Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show. I like her comments on dialogue: “They say that the eyes are the windows of the soul, but that’s not in a novel. In a novel, dialog is the window of the soul, and all the descriptions of eyes shining, glowing, or burning will not make up for bad dialog.”
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A list of “50 best book people to follow on Twitter,” from Huffington Post. Only, they forgot to mention @MosesSiregar.
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The Complete Flake’s Guide to Getting Things Done, also from Sonia Simone. A funny, self-help flavored piece: “You, my friend, are a flake. Congratulations. We are a worldwide force. If we could all get ourselves moving in the same direction, we would change the world. However, that will never happen.”
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And if you’re not following Joe Konrath’s blog where he’s talking about his experience with ebooks, here’s a powerful new one from him where he wonders if print is a subsidiary right and he discusses his crisis of faith in traditional publishing.
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Courtney Johnson, aspiring writer, is running a contest on her blog. Enter for a chance to win a free 10,000 word critique.

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