When plotting, I walk—and talk.

I write daily. I must. Creators—painters, photographers, musicians, and writers too—are like athletes: to keep in the game, you must stay fit. In order to strengthen our plots and dig deep into our characters, authors have to stretch their minds. We can’t do this by sitting in front of a computer for five to eightContinue reading “When plotting, I walk—and talk.”

Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish

Most authors walk a financial tightrope.  Hey, don't take my word for it. In a September 2015 an article on a recent Authors Guild survey of its members' incomes,  Publishers Weekly put it this way:   Yikes. Thank goodness for self-publishing. It saved my career, and those of many other authors I know. Even with four novels (one optioned forContinue reading “Why Authors Choose to Self-Publish”

10 Things You Should Never Say to a Novelist

(c) 2005 Alex Steuart Williams  (FLIP) and Erica Rothschild   I'm being serious. Okay, here goes: 1. "I'd write, too, but I can't stand the thought of all the trees I'd be killing."  Yes, I've heard this one. My response back then was, "Don't worry. You won't sell enough books to raze a sapling, becauseContinue reading “10 Things You Should Never Say to a Novelist”

My NaNoWriMo Tips!

A tip a day keeps you scribblin' away. Okay, not exactly a great line, but it gets the point across. And as my tips say here, "I'll edit on the back end." And so will you–but first things first Every day through November, I've been supporting those participating in National Novel Writing Month by launching posts on creativeContinue reading “My NaNoWriMo Tips!”

Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors

I'm a big Apple Mac fan. Always have been– Until now. This past year my travel schedule heavied up. I wasn't looking forward to hitting the road with my iBook laptop. (Walking through the streets of New York and Chicago with the strap of your computer bag dragging you down is not a great fashionContinue reading “Why MacBook Air is “Meh” for Authors”

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