The Night Will End

It's the thick of the holiday season where I live. In the northern hemisphere it's winter, and the sun has retreated leaving us with shorter days and really long nights. It got me thinking about…

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The Indie’s Social Marketing Toolkit

If you're considering going indie, you're going to need to have a social media strategy. I'm going to assume if you've gone far enough to think about releasing your content through Amazon, Createspace, Smashwords, Lulu,…

Is Intent Enough?

I meet people in all walks of life who are just taking the nervous first steps on their artistic journey. They're young. They're old. They're in between. They want to write, they have ideas, but…

The Value of Play

About a year ago, I bought a few odds and ends for my filmmaking hobby. (Yeah, I'd love to call it a business but right now my accountant tells me I have a fun hobby.…

The Story You Save May Be Your Own

I was listening to an I Should Be Writing podcast today and Mur had a listener send in a comment. The poor guy was working, left the computer to do something, and a Windows Update…

The Multitasking Fallacy

Writing is a process. We spend hours, months, days or sometimes years working on our art. It takes effort, it takes energy, and above all, it takes time. It's not easy, it's work. Many find…

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Creating Scenes

We as writers have a very important job as we work - we create scenes. Think about that for a minute. Whether you read a book or you watch a movie, someone had to write…