The Power of MOMENTUM, and the Triple C Of Productivity

Over the past couple of months I’ve been neck deep in planning, drafting and editing book #2 in my Ascendancy Trilogy, and I’ve learned a great deal about writing productivity. And quite a bit about how perfectionism plays into—or rather against it. It’s no secret I have an issue with perfectionist thinking, as it’s one of theContinue reading “The Power of MOMENTUM, and the Triple C Of Productivity”

The Difference Between Marketing And Spamming

In one word? Generosity. It’s that simple. Whenever you vet a marketing tool or strategy, ask yourself ‘What’s in it for the others?’ not just ‘How can I turn this into sales?’ What will this offer my readers? (It doesn’t have to be an actual thing like an object; a unique experience, inspiration, fresh perspective or an A-HA moment can be just asContinue reading “The Difference Between Marketing And Spamming”

Is this what being a “real writer” is all about?

I’ve been wondering lately if I’m a real writer. Not a deep, existential level of wondering, like Am I a real person or a figment of some stoned alien’s imagination? I’m just questioning the generally accepted definition of “true writerhood”, and dispatching it from my mind. According to the almighty internet, a “real writer” livesContinue reading “Is this what being a “real writer” is all about?”

Dealing With Perfectionism As A Writer

The biggest problem of every perfectionist is that even things which are supposed to be fun, things which should fill us with joy and free our spirit, can become a chore. We can’t do stuff without worrying how well we’re doing, how useful it is, or how much it matters. We’re always trying to outsmartContinue reading “Dealing With Perfectionism As A Writer”

FORGET-ME-NOT

This piece was initially published in the On Fiction Writing magazine back in 2011. Enjoy!     When they’re fresh, the cuts don’t look how they’re supposed to. They’re moist, and the flesh around them is tender. I like them better the next day, when the scabs have covered the gashes and drawn jagged lines acrossContinue reading “FORGET-ME-NOT”