I’m happy to announce the release of this edition of After Life. It’s now available in both paperback and e-book versions.
I’ve also created a new website (containing sales links) which you can see here: danielionson.com
Thanks and enjoy,
Good 1st Drafts are like good 1st Dates: Brimming with excitement, blinding to imperfections.
Discouragement for a writer is crushing, paralyzing. If we don’t believe in our work many will falter, regardless of the strength of our skill and the project. A writer’s morale is vital for, just like an army, if it believes it is defeated… it is.
But there is another demon at work in a writer’s life, one that generates the opposite emotional reaction: Delusion. We can (more…)
It feels so good to “actually be ‘writing’” the story. Although it may sound strange, a danger is hiding here, for the emotional highs we get from “finishing” sections/chapters/books can sometimes hinder the creative process. We have to be careful to consistently step back, get to the window and stare.
We should repeat this practice throughout the entirety of our projects. Milling over our stories before, during and after the keyboarding is vital to writing a great novel. Keep musing, charting, planning, critiquing and, of course, typing. Novel writing is the sum of those parts.
I have only posted about Self-pubbing once, wherein I talk about the downside to the “Revolution.” This post by Kristen Lamb is well-considered and well-written. I encourage all Indie-pubbers out here to read it.
After I have done all that I listed here I finally get to sit down at the keyboard and start typing it.
1) I am sure to have a “sacred space” for my writing without distractions. I write in my basement where there is (by design) no Network connection. (I even went out a few years ago and bought a used laptop with a broken wireless adapter for this purpose.) I also set the mood for my writing.
2) I lay out my scene list from my pre-drafting work and start typing. I have a master folder on each computer wherein I put a folder for that day’s work. I make a different Word doc for each chapter. (more…)
As I preached about in my first post, the artist’s life requires discipline in order to produce quality work. This means that our time must be dedicated to our craft–a task which seems exceedingly difficult in the 21st century. The first obstacle is for us to discover exactly where all of our time goes. This generation, worse than any other, is inundated with distraction.
So I created this spreadsheet for myself in order to track what was happening with all of my time, and I am sharing this with you.
Download this and open it (it requires Excel, and should work on the OSX Excel as well). It will offer for you to sign up for Box. You can ignore it and just choose Download at the top. https://app.box.com/s/hyzw3yr0wyoer9muqx6q