Patience and Persistence

Once again, my new writing hero Dean Wesley Smith has slapped me across the face with my own poor attitude and behavior and righted my listing writing ship. Metaphorically. I’m sure he wouldn’t slap me in person.

Well, maybe.

Anyway, while storytelling and business skills can be taught, patience and persistence can’t. And that is today’s lesson for me.

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To the Heart, or to the Market?

There’s a lot of advice floating around author forums on how to do indie publishing the “right way.”

And there’s no shortage of input from people outside the indie publishing world on it, too.

But how does an indie writer, struggling to make it in a sea of self-published books and authors, know what advice is good and what should be ignored?

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Deja Vu All Over Again

I was out with a sinus headache yesterday. I stayed home from work and fought that back until mid-morning, and then recovered (read: was lazy) until mid-afternoon, when my loving spouse said, “What are you doing wasting all this awesome writing time?”

And I had no answer. So I shut down Mass Effect 3 (no mean feat for me, by the bye), and opened up Microsoft Word.

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No Idea? No Problem!

Lots of times, when I sit down to write, I discover I have no ideas in my head. I’m dry. In fact, I just ran into this after completing my last novel in July. I sat, staring at the blinking cursor, but nothing would come.

And it wasn’t exactly that I had no ideas. I have stuff I can write, for sure. There are outlines and ideas all over my hard drive waiting for me to write them. But that didn’t help.

So, what will?

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Why WriteMonkey?

Monkeys are evil. Just ask (that’s ask, inquire, query) my wife and kids.

But in this case, the “monkey” is WriteMonkey, a simple, feature-rich, distraction-free (that last one’s key) text editor. It’s a great little program, and while I’ve got plenty of software I paid for, and some of it reasonably expensive, I chose to use WriteMonkey for my last novel. This post will tell you why.

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