ENERGY

ENERGY

Are you actually tired?

Go to sleep.

If not, shut down that excuse! Nothing great was ever made blissed out on a cloud. Creating is destructive. You sacrifice a piece of yourself to bring forth a work of fiction.

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STORY

STORY

If you can read this, then you already know about story structure. Do not fall into the trap of conflating the ability to articulate story theory with the ability to craft a compelling fiction.

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START

START

Starting is the toughest part. Inertia is the strongest force in the universe to conquer, and if it took billions of years to produce your ancestors, why should it be any smoother for you on your writer’s journey?

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The Future of Publishing

The Future of Publishing

Change is coming, but that’s nothing new for indie publishing. We learn, adapt, and iterate.

The future for New York, and the brick and mortar book store, doesn’t look bright, but they survived the great depression. The odds of them going away entirely are next to zero. They too will need to adapt, same as us, and it’s impossible to say with certainty what their new form will look like in five years, but it’s a good bet to say that at least one of the bigger publishers will go under. However, during the turmoil, there’s an excellent opportunity for new mid-sized publishers specialized into genres, to fill the void.

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Virtue of Perseverance

Hard Work, House Building

Develop a growth mindset and ignore everything else.
Talent X Hard Work X Perseverance X Learning X Luck = SUCCESS
This led to another insight: writing is challenging, not hard. Webster defines challenging as, “arousing competitive interest, thought, or action”, and hard as, “difficult to bear or endure”.

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Salt & Steel Nomination

Salt & Steel Nomination

Salt & Steel has been nominated for the book of the year under the coming of age fantasy. I want to thank those of you who’ve nominated my book, I’m deeply honored.

You can vote here. You’re allowed 3 nominations, and I hope you choose Salt & Steel as one of them, but either way be sure and vote for the 3 books you think should win.

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