I’ve been listening to a podcast recently called Inside Creative Writing. It’s by an author and ‘educator’ (that always tickles my Anglo-funny box) called Brad Reed. He’s an amiable chap who has obviously been involved with the craft of writing for sometime now but, instead of pushing it down your throat, he brings guests on and listens to people who write in etc.
He’s only a small man, he came from a place just to the east of Seattle, and although that’s not important it did make a difference to his height. You see, this town where he grew up had a library at the centre of it and everyone would go there. A young Brad would go in there and read ravenously. He devoured everything; all of the classics, all of the comics, even the murder-mysteries, and yet during this period of absorption the terrible tragedy occurred.
While he was sat at the foot of the shelves familiarising himself with Mr Nickleby, a bird flew in through the open window. You know, it was one of those windows that opens from the bottom, the type you get in official buildings. Anyway, this pigeon flew in and began to panic. Young Brad was so engrossed that he didn’t even register the chaos, however the octogenarian librarian did. She lunged at the frightened bird with a full size version of the Collins World Atlas. At the time, she was not sure if she intended to flatten the bird or scare it some more, but in the end all she managed to do was collide head first into the book shelf which poor Brad was sat at the foot of.
The first indication of the pending doom to poor Brad was the top row sliding on to the floor all about him. Unfortunately, this gave him no chance to react before the whole unit came following behind and came crashing down on the top of his young, ginger head. The shelves were made of a thick mahogany and Brad’s head was made of a sturdy, yet delicate, material called bone.
Have you ever seen the coyote cartoons? Brad’s body was driven into the ground like a nail being bashed into a plank of wood. It took four hours for the firemen of that town, just to the east of Seattle, to pull him out. And this is how he now manages to walk around with the arrogance to be a whole foot shorter than he was intended.
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I was asked an interesting question at the weekend, ‘would you rather be Dan Brown and make millions, or be critically acclaimed and scratch a living?’ I thought about it for a moment and then I realised how old my 6-year old was becoming.
But seriously, is this a relevant question for a new writer? Perhaps you can hide behind the stock response of, ‘I’ll write whatever’s inside me and leave it up to the market to decide which I am,’ but this sounds like a cop out to me. I’m all for planning where you want to get to and believing that it’s possible, so where am I heading?
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‘While travelling along the road of life, don’t concentrate on the potholes that divert your path, focus on the joy of the unbroken tarmac instead.’
It’s so easy to be affected by the small, inconsequential irritants which impact your life. It’s easier to get bogged down by these things because they’re always rammed up in your face for immediate attention.
Perhaps your kids are doing things you don’t want them to, perhaps you’ve forgotten to do something which has meant your wife is mad with you, perhaps you’re not earning enough money to be able to do all the things you want to do, perhaps you’ve accidentally hurt someone’s feelings, perhaps the weather isn’t sunny when it should be, perhaps you’re not feeling perfectly well, perhaps you’ve not stuck to a promise which you made to yourself. But, I suppose none of this matters…
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I’ve just received some great feedback from an author who I truly respect. They write in the same genre as me, they’re from the same part of the world as me, and they’re already successful. What made the feedback so great was that it was terrible.
So terrible, in fact, that I had to read it through my fingers as they were trying to cover my eyes from the humiliation. It was painful, it took my breath slightly, and I started to feel a little nauseous. As the world started to wobble around me, my first instinct was to launch my phone at the wall in anger but then I began to make sense of it all. It was such good feedback that instead of making me feel demoralised, it’s actually given me guidance to improve. It got me thinking about what actually is ‘great’ feedback…
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According to a recent survey from The Publisher’s Association, fiction ebook sales are up by 149% on 2011 figures. In the same set of statistics printed books are only down by 1% on the previous year. Overall, this is good news for writers.
The issue of ebook versus printed book has been debated to death over the last few years. ‘What will the future bring?’ they ask, ‘are we doomed?’ ‘Who’s going to be the winners?’ But the answer seems to be a resounding victory for all concerned.
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I’ve always wanted my own army of followers. If I was born in the old days I would have had to take over a small country in order to do so, but nowadays the equivalent to raping and pillaging is much more civilised. As you will see on the right-hand side, there is now a FREE ebook available if you subscribe to this blog.
The book will take you through the entire process from writing in Scrivener to publishing both ebooks and paperbacks. It’s a collection of blog posts, tidied up and filed in some kind of a logical order. I hope you enjoy it.
Finally the moment has arrived for me to announce that my first novel, The Great Corporate Escape, is now available. This is a very proud moment for me and one that really cements my new way of life.
Thank you for following this blog and reading the ups and downs which I’ve been through along the way. This is the first of many and now the floodgates have opened I aim to keep the momentum going.
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