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Saturday, August 27, 2005

Hung by the written word

Oh yes... people can hang themselves on a regular basis when it comes to the written word.

Have you ever written a letter to someone with no intent of mailing it and yet somehow it ends up inside an addressed and stamped envelope... mysteriously making its way into the evil blue box at the post office? Well... that hasn't really happened to me either, but I have written things and sent them forward only to find days later that I should have thought about my words just a few hours longer.

A friend of mine is in the middle of a custody battle and has come across some hand-written letters that have recently been written and sent via "snail" mail to a family member. The letters are coming from a step-child who is not a part of the custody battle but does feel compelled to express feelings and share information that does not do the other parent justice or help that side of the case. Are these letters admissible in court or have any real baring to the case? Only time will tell.

My reason for bringing this up is to discuss how the written word can help or hurt a person's career or personal life. Be careful what you write... double check to make sure you want to place that postage stamp on the envelope or push SEND in your email.

OH YES... I have indeed sent an email UNINTENTIONALLY.

Friday, August 26, 2005

To freelance or not to freelance

So many writing ideas pop into my mind these days, but the most prevalent is freelance writing. I have spent many hours writing fiction, especially sic-fi and fantasy and have stories floating around aimlessly in my head. I wish to share them with others, but my mind turns more and more towards money-making writing.

Yes, I know Stephen King makes lots of money writing fictional stories... and yes... I do realize I need to think positive about my own abilities and work towards being as well known and well liked as Mr. King or the many other famous authors that sit on the shelves at the local book store.

Admittedly however, I am also a realist. I understand that not everyone can gain such fame and although I wish to remain positive in my thinking, I also must come to the conclusion that if I am to make money NOW... I must write something NOW... that others will pay me for NOW. That is not necessarily going to be my fantasy novel which sits respectfully in my hard drive.

I read The Secrets of a Freelance Writer and found it very helpful. The author wrote the book in such a way that I can actually comprehend him. This is a great help... Believe me!! Have you ever tried to read a book where you're pretty sure the author was talking to himself while standing on his head and eating peanut butter and Ritz Crackers? That's just not right!

Today I went to a local book store and bought The Wealthy Writer. "The choice to begin a freelance writing career was the easy part - now how to be successful is the challenge". I'm thinking this book will be another healthy addition to my shelves. :)

If you're at all interested in this book, I do suggest you think about purchasing it from Amazon (use the link below) because I paid $18.99 at the store and it's a bit less with Amazon.

So... Anyone think these books are speaking the truth? They each say I can earn a six figure income through freelance writing. Could it be true? Could I actually become the next financially independant writer? Hmm...

Thursday, August 25, 2005

Silence of the Evening

For years, I have tried to determine the best writing environment for me. For years, I have failed at that determination.

Many writers need music to inspire their imaginations and cause their fingers to create stories on paper. Others seem content to listen to the wind hitting the side of the house. So far I have noticed that sounds help on rare occasions and distract during most.

If the television is on I may as well forget that writing was ever a craft. It takes me away from my pleasure in words or my chore, depending upon how I feel that day. It takes me to the “lazy-zone” of my life. When I watch TV, I’m usually trying to escape the stressful events of the day or diminish my sense of purposelessness (is that really a word).

Certain music will also take me away from writing, but then again, ask me on another day and I may admit that it helps. I often associate one of my characters with a song or even a musician. If I want action and adventure or if I want my character to feel the stress of an upcoming encounter, I may listen to Godsmack or Alice in Chains. If I want my character to reflect upon his life and feel the real emotions of happiness or sadness, I may listen to Pavarotti or Enya.

Luciano Pavarotti : Official Web Site

Other sounds that often affect my writing are rain on the roof, wind at the windows, my son sorting things in his room, the cat clawing to get out, trucks driving past, breaks squealing, airplanes, neighbors listening to punk rock, my heart pounding in my ears; the list continues.

How do these things affect me? I wish I had a set of rules to answer that question or at least the ability to control how it affects me day after day. However, alas, I do not. Mostly, if I hear rain on my roof, I end up lying on the bed or sitting at the window relaxing to it’s pattering at my brain. If the wind hits the house, I think of all the invasions into my life, my privacy and my existence. In other words, I get distracted way too easily.

Why do I bring this up tonight? Quite frankly it’s because I have stuffed Kleenex into my ears to stop the sound of my neighbor’s obnoxious music invading my thoughts, to drowned out CSI that my son is watching and to get rid of the headache that has invaded me so well that even Aleve has no affect. My next choice is Tylenol PM… but just how many nights in a row should a person venture down that highway?

Many things affect the written word and it is my endeavor to look into many of them. If I can control my surroundings, I can write anything. Or at least that’s what I’m telling myself.

Wednesday, August 24, 2005

Paul Bunyan hacking away at my brain

Sometimes, on those rare occasions when my head pounds and my jaw aches, I just can't fathom writing (or typing, as I am now). Today, I feel as if Paul Bunyan himself resides deep in the far reaches of my mind... hacking away at my brain.

Check out this bit of writing on Paul Bunyan. Having this man living in my head isn't my idea of "time-share" benefits I wish to invest in.

As a writer of fiction, we are told to write every day. It doesn't matter if Paul is choppin' on the brain or if you were just laid off from your job or even if a family member has died. Just last year my step-father died and I couldn't bring myself to write anything in my (then current) fantasy novel. It wasn't going to happen because every time I attempted to write a part where happiness was to flourish in my novel, I would end up dwelling upon my own unhappiness.

Friends and fellow writers (often, one in the same) expressed that I should write about my feelings regarding my loss and stop attempting to write fictional stories for a time. Good advice, I do admit... but it was far from easy to accomplish. Life was hard and I felt let down; as if my step-dad had some how abandoned me (which was far from true).

My advice to those who feel they must write every day of their life is to do it if at all possible, but please remember there are those moments when a vacation, even from what we love doing, is necessary.

Tuesday, August 23, 2005

Writer Beware - Resource

Okay... so this "breaking news" is two months old, but still worth sharing

Breaking News, 6/3/05: Martha Ivery (a.k.a. Kelly O'Donnell, d.b.a. Press-Tige Publishing Inc.) indicted! Other business names used by Ivery include Kelly O'Donnell Literary Agency, O'Donnell Literary Services, Writers Information USAgency, and New Millennium Publishing.

Please visit this site for more information for informed writers:

Writer Beware--Index Page


Life is the written word

Life is the written word - the written word is life.

This isn't really too far off the mark if you think about it. We are surrounded by words everywhere we look and it's a known fact that if you look at something you can not help but read it.

I find it funny how some people think a writing career is worthless or unfulfilling. If you tell your aunt or uncle you want to be a writer when you grow up, you may be faced with rolling eyes or mumbling under the breath... "why do you want to waste your time doing that?"

Really? Who do you think writes all the stuff we see every single day of our lives? Someone has to do it... we certainly haven't advanced so far as to not have to either pick up a pen, type on a keyboard or speak into a tape recorder. Yes... there are a few programs that actually know how to type what you speak; but they are not perfected yet and you still need to proof read to make sure the computer hasn't messed up again.

Some of the first written words:

Science & Technology at Scientific American.com: Relics Reveal First Written Words in New World

Even without paper, humans have been able to find a way to get their thoughts into view. Tablets, cave walls or even the ground they stood upon became canvas. We enjoy seeing our words in print.

And when you must write because your teacher tells you to for a grade or you must write because your boss needs something completed, it is agreed that those writings may not be as fulfilling to some as say... writing your own story, a poem or writing about your day in your on-line journal or hand-written diary. Still... look at what you've done and remember it was you that wrote those words.

Saturday, August 20, 2005

May we each take the moment necessary out of this day and any day we feel the need to remember those who have gone before us in defense of our freedoms. Without them... we would not be "here"... we would be in chains. ~Bug~