I love writing to music. I carefully curate my playlists for each book, for each mood. For example, I’m working on a space opera right now, and so I’ve selected several bits of electronica for intense scenes, for ambient scenes and sad scenes. I keep it carefully compartmentalized for emotional content. There’s no point in getting super amped-up if I’m supposed to be writing a quiet confessional. Likewise, sad piano music wouldn’t get me through a laser-strewn dogfight.
Writing as a Hobby: Never Tell Me the Odds
Writers have enough difficulty without people calling them amateurs… and it’s just as bad to force a career discussion.
How I Write My Novels – Pt. 2 (Software to Finish)
I’ve got some sweet organizational software that works for me. It might work for you, too.
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How I Write My Novels – Pt.1 (Pens, Paper, Planning)
Start on paper.
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Concepts of UX in Writing: Progressive Disclosure
Use the UX concept of progressive disclosure to keep your readers interested and alert when describing difficult settings. Use of this concept will give facts a more organic, natural revelation.
This is the first part in a series on User Experience (UX) Concepts in Writing. For more information on UX and other important software design ideas, check out the Wikipedia article.
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Best Music Videos of 2014: Take a Break from Your Writing
I know this isn’t a post about writing.
However, I feel like I’m allowed to inspire and shake you around, if only for a bit. Music videos are one of my favorite formats, and watching them can be like reading tarot cards; Sometimes, they create stories in you where there are none. Other times, I just wanted an excuse to share music with you.
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Indie Publishing Versus Traditional Publishing: It’s Not a Moral Decision
I have no idea why people get so nasty about publishing. We live in a magical era where you have choices. There is no good and evil.
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Quote: Flannery O’Connor
Writing a novel is a terrible experience, during which the hair often falls out and the teeth decay. I’m always irritated by people who imply that writing fiction is an escape from reality. It is a plunge into reality and it’s very shocking to the system.
― Flannery O’Connor, Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose
Tropes and Cliches: Breaking the Rules of Writing
There’s a difference between tropes and cliches, and too many restrictions can harm creativity. Continue reading Tropes and Cliches: Breaking the Rules of Writing