On Writing

Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic

I occasionally offer up my writing advice. My personal routine centers around writing at least 500 words or just anything for me everyday. This could be fiction, poetry, a chat-story, or just scribbles. I am a professional writer of non-fiction. Putting up a word count of 2,000 words takes little effort. Of course, most of those words focus on how-to, technical, and specialty writing. Writing comes natural and I enjoy it. However, those 500 words…

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On Writing Self-Publishing

Info Book Marketing and Promotion Tips

I have self-published three information books on Amazon. If only I had thought about info book marketing first. My self-publishing adventure has taught me quite a few things about marketing my books. Honestly, the publishing process is easy. The marketing and promotion takes the most work. Lessons Learned: Plan Info Book Marketing and Promotion as you write Think about the audience Write it and they will come doesn’t work Plan Info Book Marketing and Promotion…

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A Worthy Foe

I see my protagonist in The Farmer’s Cop pretty clearly. He’s a former sheriff who recently lost the family ranch due to bad investments. He’s a pariah with his siblings; they really don’t like him. He moves from rural California to Los Angles; a sheep missing his wool. He is trying to fit into a hip culture, and well, he will never be mistaken for hip. But he’s trying. My protagonist is very smart and…

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There Must Be a Change

[aesop_image imgwidth=”800″ img=”https://wordsmithholler.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/wicker-fence-949075_1920.jpg” credit=”Pixabay” align=”left” lightbox=”on” captionposition=”left” revealfx=”off”] For a story to rivet the reader, the characters must change from evil to good, happy to sad, selfish to compassionate, or a similar change. Otherwise, the story reads like a bland planner entry. Short stories, in particular, must show the change quickly. Flash Fiction under 500 words needs the reader to understand the main character is a lout and will become less of one by the end.…

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Finding the Spark: Inspiration

On April 21, 2017, I hosted a webinar titled Finding the Spark: Inspiration. There was no sales pitch – just a half hour to explore writing ideas and how to find inspiration. You can watch it at http://wordsmithholler.link/Inspiration. When I was first writing fiction, I struggled to figure out what to write. I honestly stared at the page. Until I found a simple trick. Many tricks really, which I will share with you. For the past year,…

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The Good Writers are Liars

A young woman sits across the courtyard from me. I don’t know what she is thinking. She could be examining the pitfalls of a date, wishing for a new pair of shoes, dreaming about a world trip, or worrying about how to pay rent. I don’t know. But I can imagine. The best writers fill in the blanks. What would a protagonist do if they happened to be a young Korean girl who just found…

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Description vs. Feeling

[aesop_image imgwidth=”500px” img=”https://wordsmithholler.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/bookshelf-413705_1920.jpg” credit=”Pixabay” align=”left” lightbox=”on” captionposition=”left” revealfx=”off”] Sometimes a writer decides to describe items; a bookshelf filled with classics, a few popular authors, and a dictionary. Sometimes a writer decides to describe feelings; a bookshelf of proven ideas, untested ones, and the long unvisited prefixes memorized years ago for the ACT exam. Descriptions of items provide a snapshot of the moment. An inventory a detective gives to a murder scene. Descriptions of feelings give the reader a moment…

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TBR Pile

All great writers read books. Alberto Manguel talked about reading: “Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.” I read too and I have quite a few books on my To Be Read (TBR) Pile, including: Stranger in a Strange Land, Robert A. Heinlein The Umbrella Man, Roald Dahl Tomorrowland, Steven Kotler Merle Haggard, The Running Kind, David Cantwell The Mermaid’s Sister,…

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