The ten most valuable writing tips I’ve received

Well this is my second reblog in two days. Oh well I feel this is a great post by Dylan Hearn. He is an awesome writer and self published author. His book Second Chance sounds cool and like a good read.

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The internet is full of advice on how to write and it can be confusing and contradictory at times, especially when you are starting out. This isn’t because people like to give false advice but because each writer – and their writing process – is different. However, out of all the good advice I’ve received, these are the ones that have worked best for me. I hope by sharing them they will be of some help to you too.

1. Allow yourself to write poorly

Some days I find writing easy, some days it’s as if the language centre of my brain has decided to go on vacation, leaving my fingers to fend for themselves. However, even if I’m having one of the latter days I still write. It may be painful at the times, even more horrific when I read it back, but at least I have something on the page to…

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Update: Wrong Email!

To follow up on orginal reblogged post. Check it out. This is why we write remember to have our words touch the souls of others. Cheers, james

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Hi everyone!

It’s just come to my attention that the email provided for the free book giveaway was incorrect! Deepest apologies for anyone who tried to email me last night and couldn’t get through; the corrected email is now on the page. For reference, here it is again:

Apologies, and many thanks!


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Thought of the Week: Now That I’m Published…

Hey guys this is a great chance to pay it forward and show a new author some love. I will be emailing and tell you all about.
There is a correction for the email address to get a copy of the book.

Ps. I read the first two chapters and if they are anything to go on. This will be a good one.

Satis Writes

It’s been quite a while since I’ve had much to say here, and I’m sorry for that. I’ve been through one of the worst summers in recent memory in terms of battling my depression and possible bipolar diagnosis, and it’s been a daily struggle to even get out of bed. Work has been utterly exhausting, and in the little spare time I’ve had, I’ve tried desperately to dedicate myself to my book.

Having said that, I am still here, and I’m hoping to be around a little more than I have been lately. There was a time when I posted several times a week, and while I can’t quite commit to that level of activity yet, I would like to get back into the swing of things. I remember the wonderful feeling of knowing someone else has read your words, whether they be of hope or despair, and I of course…

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Join Us in the Fight For Net Neutrality

An issue we all need to take a stand on. News

“Net Neutrality” is the simple but powerful principle that cable and broadband providers must treat all internet traffic equally. Whether you’re loading a blog post on, streaming House of Cards on Netflix, or browsing handcrafted tea cozies on Etsy, your internet provider can’t degrade your connection speed, block sites, or charge a toll based on the content that you’re viewing.

Net neutrality has defined the internet since its inception, and it’s hard to argue with the results: the internet is the most powerful engine of economic growth and free expression in history. Most importantly, the open internet is characterized by companies, products, and ideas that survive or fail depending on their own merit — not on whether they have preferred deals in place with a broadband service provider. Unfortunately, the principle of net neutrality, and the open internet that we know and love, is under attack.

Net Neutrality under…

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Not feeling it …

I have reached an odd phase in my writing. I don’t feel it and normally writing excites my mind and my passions. However nothing interests me or is able to keep my attention. I am not blocked but just blah. 

I would say its the stress and strain of everyday normal life getting to me. However nothing is any worse than usual. 

I wrote these words several months ago. Thankfully the spell has passed. I don’t know what brought it on, but I don’t believe it was Writer’s Block. It was growing pains, a recharging of the batteries from the multiple stories I have under pen. I also think I was fighting a sinus head cold/hay fever etc. Anyway the feeling has passed and I am back writing.

I am still working on my two major projects and have added two smaller projects and a movie screenplay. Don’t get excited it’s just me spreading out my wings and trying something new. Although believe me, you folks will hear me shouting if anything comes of it. The old man in the moon will be able to hear me if it works. So stay tuned in and when you get that restless feeling don’t worry it’s just you growing your skilks. And if you get that itchy restless feeling, it maybe time for a change of scenery or it might mean you have a case of athlete feet.  

Cheers, james

Fiction vs. Reality: Shark of Darkness

I was watching Discovery’s Shark Week kick off program Shark of Darkness. I am really disappointed with the program. I have always loved sharks and I am puzzled why Shark Week has gone fictional vs. educational. I thought the purpose of Shark Week was to educate the world on why we need sharks in our oceans not send people out on another Jaws killing spree.

Peter Benchley, after he released Jaws and the movie came out, said he regreted the sharks that were killed and the absolute hatred of sharks his novel inspired. He is an advocate for shark protection and ocean conservation. Protecting the oceans and marine life is very important, for now and for our future generations.

I love fiction as good as the next girl but don’t sell me fiction under the guise of reality. As a halfway intellegent being give me the benefit of letting me decide if I want a shark documentry or dare I say it Sharknado. Otherwise I’m turning the old boob tube off and posting a rant on wordpress about the inconsiderate nature of tv empires trying to get ratings.

I’ll give an example of fiction being good old fiction. Steve Alten’s Meg series is awesome, a well written story. He isn’t trying to convince you Meg is real and out there because he puts a label “This is a work of Fiction” on it. He does ask the reader to step into this fictional world of “what if” and I am more than willing to follow along into the waters edge and feel the cold chill of Meg flow over my imagination. Maybe Discovery should think it over and label it right and then maybe I will be willing to go back in the water.

Okay I’m off the old soap box.

The difference between creativity and inspiration

Words of pure genius. Thank you Dylan for this post. You have reminded me why I write and even though it is hard it is good work. Hope you don’t mind the reblog.

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There is a big difference between creativity and inspiration yet many people assume they are the same. One of the comments I often read on Twitter is that a writer doesn’t feel in the mood, that today isn’t a creative day, that their muse isn’t with them. It sometimes comes from an established author but you mostly hear it from those starting out on their writing journey. The problem is, these writers are confusing inspirations with creativity.

The math of creativity and inspiration

In order to help understand the difference between the two and why it’s important, I’ve drawn up a couple of equations for you – no, don’t run, they are really simple.

Here’s the first one:

Inspiration = right time + right place + notepad

And now the second one:

creativity = inspiration + perspiration*

Why is this important?

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When I write time disapears, I think I have been writing five maybe ten minutes and I look at the clock and two hours have passed. Am I the only one that this happens too?

When I am writing I get in the Zone and the magic happens and two or three hours have passed and the family come hunting me to make sure I haven’t a) fallen asleep in the bathtub and drowned, b) crawled out of my bedroom window and ran away (very tempting sometimes) c) died and my dog eaten me or d) the normal above mentioned dog needs to go out and is running around doing the “mommy gotta go potty” dance. Cause everybody in the world knows mommies must take lil young’uns to the potty or bad things happen. Nevermind there are 2 count ’em 2 fully capable people to take the Rock Hound out. Nope gotta be mommy cause she is in the middle of something “Important” and that makes it better. Of course I would rather take her out than for her to have an oopsy.

Just wanted to air my concerns about time loss and see if I am the only one in this boat. Cheers, james

Upgrades? Did I miss something?

Strange it looks kinda like my blog, has my blog posts but it sure don’t act like my blog!

Okay guys, seriously what gives? What did I miss in the last week cause things don’t look the same as I left them. I went straight into an active blog post screen instead of the usual stop to chose what type of post I want. Hey don’t think I am complaining cause I’m not. Just taken by suprise and you know how us writers are. We don’t like suprises Unles we are the ones behind it.

Funny little joke I read: How many mystery writers does it take to change a burned out light bulb? ( I will let you ponder that and I will leave the answer at the bottom of the post.)

From what I have noticed the changes are nice and more streamlining the whole process. And the nice calming blue color is soothing to a scatterbrain like me. Although a nice shade of light green would rock simply because green is one of my fave colors.

Answer: It takes one to put the new bulb in and secure it almost all the way so a second can put a final twist on it.

Joke is from last month’s edition of Carolina Country electical co-opt magazine. A niffty little bonus of belonging to an electrical co-opt. Okay I guess I have pondered that which I wanted to say.

Good Sunday evening and hope you have a great week ahead. Cheers, james