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Reading like a Writer: Consider the conventions.

October 7, 2013

If you were paying attention yesterday, you caught on that I’m going to be doing a series on “reading like a writer” for the next few days. Yesterday we covered why it’s important for writers to read like writers, and today we’re looking at the first key part to doing that: writing conventions. Writing conventions are pretty much the “basics” of writing, the building blocks of a story: grammar, semantics, organization, structure, and style. When you open a book to start reading like a writer, the first thing you need to pay attention to are these building blocks. First and foremost, these basics are actually not quite so “basic” at the end of the day. Writers use these elements in different ways to achieve different goals. In other words, they break the rules when they need to (keep in mind, though, breaking the rules in your own writing is tricky business unless you know exactly what you’re doing). For example, […]

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Reading like a Writer: Why it’s important.

October 6, 2013

Hey guys! This is another topic I touched on before my old site went down, and yet again it’s a topic I feel is still important enough to revisit. Last time, though, I had one giant blog, but this time I’m going to turn it into a series. Today, we’ll talk about why it’s important to read like a writer, and the rest of the series will cover how exactly you do that. I know, I know–why force you guys to read more than one blog post on the topic? Well, on the self-serving side, this “blog-a-day” thing is way easier when I have content that is spreadable across a few days. Two, my original article was well over two thousand words long, and it’s a well-known trend in Marketingland that articles posted above seven-hundred words rarely get read all the way through. That’s right, folks–in the fast-paced world that is the internet, people do not want to read one […]

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Writing Roadblocks: Busy Schedules

August 29, 2013

This has been a busy few weeks for me. Not only is California on fire (and sharing her smoke with us over here in Nevada–hey California! Thanks for that!), but the Partner in Crime and I just bought a new house! We close on the ninth, and until then we are so busy it’s ridiculous. Last weekend, obviously, we were camping in Mendocino. This weekend, we’re going out to Boca Reservoir. The weekend before we move, we get to take part in a friend’s gender reveal party (and we get to make the cake, so we get to know if the baby is a boy or a girl before they do! Bwahahahaha!). That being said, being busy is really tough on writers, or at least it’s tough on me. Between working, trying to pack for our move in the evenings, taking care of way-too-many animals, and being gone/busy every weekend, sometimes it’s overwhelming. When I finally DO have time to […]

Coldfire Trilogy Review

Book Review: The Coldfire Trilogy

August 26, 2013

I know I’m really behind in this one (these were published in the early 1990’s), but I just finished the final book of The Coldfire Trilogy by CS Friedman on my camping trip this last weekend. I originally picked up one of these books ten years ago, when my mom and I were visiting one of her teaching co-workers. He’d just lost his daughter in a car crash and had a bunch of her old books to relocate. This was one of them. Unfortunately, that book was the third part of the trilogy, and three pages in I realized that and put it down for the better part of a decade. I finally had the chance to buy all the books right at the beginning of 2012, and because I’m a really non-diligent reader, it took me this long to get through them all. Hey, when you’re writing your own book, you don’t read as much! Okay, I don’t read […]

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Writing Roadblocks: Stress

August 22, 2013

I was originally going to just write on the way stress affects my writing, but when coming up for the headline for this topic I realized something: there are a lot of writing roadblocks we need to hurdle sometimes. So many, in fact, that I think it may be worth a “series,” if you will. (Keep in mind, this series is not chronological and I may never finish and, in fact, I may never write anything other than this first post.) That being said, part of the reason I haven’t been writing as often as I used to is because of stress. Lately, a lot has been going on in my life. Now, don’t mistake that with thinking my life is bad. My life is anything but bad. Actually, my life is pretty awesome. I have great friends, a great family, and great things going for me. But I’m a creature of habit, and when my routines get fucked up, […]

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