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Are readers changing and what does that mean to writers?

October 9, 2013 5 comments

Fascinating and thought provoking discussion about changes occurring for readers, writers, and publishers that are caught in today’s pursuit of pop culture.

C h a z z W r i t e s . c o m

A friend of mine is an old-school, English major sort of guy. He was extolling the virtues of literature as we once knew it: contemplative novels; long treatises on the nature of the human condition; and “serious” novels chosen by a small cabal of unknown gatekeepers. His eyes gleamed for the nostalgia of MFA glories, tiny lit mag aspirations and the New York Times bestseller lists of old world, analog publishing.

This is the sort of conversation that takes me places I didn’t expect to go. Only in talking it out, and writing it out here, have I discovered and understood what I think about New versus Old writing, reading and publishing.

The “issue” is, have readers’ tastes changed?

All generalizations weaken questions and answers, but there’s validity waiting down there in the dark. Let’s delve.

Pre-WWII, many schools in the first world taught Latin and Greek. Long recitations of…

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What Not to Say – 5 Ways to Talk to Your Writer

September 7, 2013 4 comments

Good advice for those who have friends or family who write …



As I read “Don’t Ask Me What I’m Writing” in the Sunday New York Times, I thought, “That is the worst question anyone can ask a writer.”

The question was, How is your novel going?

When someone asks me that question, I have the panicky feeling I used to get when I took a test and realized I didn’t study hard enough for it.

Slouka was writing specifically of what happens when a friend asks their writer this question within the first few months.

The novel is a new-born babe, a primitive and undeveloped idea in the writer’s mind. A well-intentioned friend might ask them, “How is the novel going?”

As Slouka points out this question is a double-edged sword that cuts both writer and well-meaning friend.

But no matter what the progress of the book, you can’t win with that kind of question.  I’ve been asked that question many…

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Labor of Love

September 2, 2013 1 comment

This pretty much says it all for writers … a great post for Labor Day.

All I Have to Say

In honor of Labor Day in the United States, I thought I’d dedicate a post to some of the hardest-working people I know–writers.

Most writers start with an idea that won’t let go, imaginary friends who insist on having their stories told, a wish that maybe–just maybe–the fruits of our labor might bring joy to others. In most cases, the new writer might harbor a tentative hope that they might achieve the ultimate dream–the big-time agent, the major publisher, the movie deal, and enough money to live comfortably. But there are no guarantees. Though we might hope for the best, we realize our books might never see a book shelf. But, yet we persevere.

We spend countless hours writing, rewriting, and editing despite the fact that we might never be paid for our efforts. We dream of the day when readers will talk about our books, be moved by our…

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Win A Free E-Book Copy Of ‘The Seneca Scourge,’ Whiskey Creek Press’s Best-Selling Book Of June and July

July 22, 2013 6 comments

Looks like a great book. Check it out …

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Caring for Your Writer – 10 Easy Steps for Friends & Family

June 23, 2013 4 comments

Ok, this was just too good to pass up. Great advice for those wondering what to do with their writer …


Congratulations!  You are now the proud owner of a writer!  Your writer will perform amazing tricks for you, such as spending hours and hours by themselves working on something that they may never finish. Or, accumulating a small collection of editors who thank them for their work but it’s just not right for this publication.

You may be wondering how to feed and care for this moody and reclusive creature, who is “writing a novel” but won’t tell you what it’s about.  Writers need specialized care, so here are 10 easy Do’s and Don’ts to take care of this special breed.

  1. Do give them a minimum of 1 hour of writing time per day.  For many writers it may be more, but this is the minimum for a writer to stay healthy.  Also do not make your writer feel guilty about this.  It is really hard for them…

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Book giveaway! (You heard me — a free book.) The contest starts NOW!

June 12, 2013 5 comments

Kevin is giving away a signed copy of his book, Parts Unknown. All you have to do is leave a comment and you’re in the running. I left mine 🙂



I’m giving away a copy of Parts Unknown this week. It’s a hardback, and I’ll inscribe it to the winner too.

Folks, this is a $10 value (see sidebar), and if you don’t win you can always cough up a tenner and get one for yourself!

Taking a page from the Accidental Cootchie Mama’s manual, (yes, I won the Mystery Hole T-shirt!), I’m going to pick a name randomly from the commenters to this post. I want at least 10 names in the pool, so I’ll keep this going till I reach that target. If I don’t hit 10 in a reasonable time, I’ll open it up to Twitter people who are scrounging for giveaways, and nobody wants that to happen. So tell your friends to come over and comment, or reblog this, or shout it from the hilltops.

Be the first in your neighborhood to read this fine…

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A Frustrated Reader

June 12, 2013 1 comment

Excellent points about those who are self-publishing. While I haven’t published anything yet, when I do you can be sure I’ll want to treat it as if I were going the traditional route.

A Journey thru Words


It’s nice to be wanted. I know every Indie writer searches for an avid reader like me.  I speed read and can easily devour up to 80,000 words a day.  I’m always hungry for a good story. I will overlook a lot for that elusive plot that will submerse me in another time and place, leaving behind the troubles of this world.

I’m willing to take on any genre, although I’m not fond of horror. Even then it depends on the voice of the writer and the plot line.  It should be a dance between me and the author. I want to be treated with respect and given their finest product.

Yet, I’m finding more often in the Indie world it’s about the writer’s ego and less about my enjoyment. I’m left to fend for myself.  I flounder in poor grammar, sentences that make no sense, wandering plots and…

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On writing: the reality

November 14, 2012 6 comments

I follow a blog written by a guy named Jeff Goins. It’s a great writing blog and I highly recommend it to anyone who wants advice about writing and how to achieve your writing goals. A while back, he posted a list about what he called, “What Everybody Ought To Know About Writing” It’s short and sweet and nails the writing life right on the head. I dedicate it to anyone who has ever told themselves it would be really easy to write a book (oh, if only it were true).

It’s hard.
It’s harder than you think.
It never gets easier (but it does get better).
It’s scarier than it should be (but not too bad once you start).
It’s the last thing you want to do when it’s the first thing you should do.
It’s usually pretty thankless (especially when you’re doing it right).
It’s easy to begin, hard to continue, and even harder to finish.
It’s never enough; you can always do more.
It can be painful.
It’s hard.

For those of you who have actually sat your butt in a chair and attempted to write anything, I’m pretty sure you’ll agree with this list. Perhaps the only thing missing is what I would consider to be the real last item.

It’s one of the most rewarding things you can do.

It’s true. At least for me, that is. I find that it’s kind of like running. The actual running part is hard work, and not necessarily something I want to do or that’s easy to do. But, after I run, I feel absolutely amazing. Well, the same with writing. When I’ve completed an evening of writing, and laid all those words out on a “blank” page, I feel that same sense of accomplishment.

How do you feel after you’ve spent time writing?


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