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Live from the Road can be downloaded for FREE March 13 and 14. If you haven’t had a chance to read it yet, here’s your chance. Click on the title or on the photo image below, and you’ll be taken right to Amazon.
Trails in the Sand feels a little left out, so I’m offering a free eBook March 13 and 14 to a randomly chosen commenter on this post for my new novel, Trails in the Sand.
Today, I have author, PC Zick to chat on Novel Girl on writing, her books, and her tips for writers and self-publishers.
PC Zick is the author of three books, and a range of genres: literary fiction, women's fiction and stories about environmental issues.
What is your favorite time to write?
I love to write first thing in the morning with my first cup of coffee at my side.
Last October I wrote a blog post why every author should offer print versions of their e-books.
In the meantime I discovered even more reasons to have at least a small amount of printed books
listed. Read on:
E-book authors might be happy with their sales on Amazon, Apple, Kobo or Barnes & Noble. You might have even turned it into an audio book.
The number one tip I learned from my writing in 2012 is to write cinematically, write like you're laying out an already-told story, and the most important factor of this is writing truthfully (that means not trying too hard).
I don't think I read a single book on plot, characters, writing, etc in 2012. And my fiction
writing improved off the charts.
This week my blog Writing Tips, Thoughts, and Whims was nominated twice for the Versatile Blogger award by two bloggers I greatly admire. Thank you, So Much To Write, So Little Time and 365 Things to Wrote About. If you don’t follow them already, visit their site. I think you’ll be as impressed as I am with their informative and inspiring blogs.
My other blog, Living Lightly Upon this Earth, has received several awards since I started it in March. However, this is the first award for my writing blog, and I’m delighted.
As a requirement for accepting this award, I’m supposed to provide seven random things about myself and tag 15 other blogs I admire. I hope you’ll visit the other sites. While I follow quite a few blogs, I’m going to stick to ones strictly about writing. We writers must stick together. I truly believe when one of us succeeds, we only move a step forward.
Random things about me:
- I begin most of my drafts on a legal pad with a very sharp pencil. I might only write a paragraph this way, but it’s the way I start all major works.
- I like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with a wedge of sharp cheddar cheese and a cold glass of milk for lunch.
- I suffer from directional dyslexia (my term). I have a tough time distinguishing left from right, front from back, etc. I have a letter I wrote to Santa when I was eight asking for my “two back teeth.”
- Numbers and I do not get along. We’ve been at war since junior high school.
- Words are my friends.
- I believe algebra should be outlawed because it just isn’t right to create formulas using letters, numbers, and punctuation as if it was a real sentence!
- I have a weird sense of humor. My best friends are the ones who laugh at anything I say even if they don’t understand what I mean.
Tagging those favorite blogs now. Stop by and leave them a comment – we all need comments!
- The Neophyte Writer
- Kana’s Chronicles
- Hazy Shades of Me
- Kate Brauning
- Katie Jennings
- Jodi Ambrose’s blog
- Novel Girl
- The Stobe
- Staci Troilo
- Kristen Lamb’s Blog
- Rosalie Squires
- Charrion’s Chatter
- 3rd Rock in the Sun
There are so many other inspiring blogs out there; I know I’ve left some of my favorites out. Congratulations to you all for doing what you can to expand and explore our craft.
Reviews are the lifeblood of the indie publishing world. That’s why they should never be tampered with, and yet authors are still buying five-star reviews, posting fake reviews, having friends and family write glowing reviews when they haven’t read the author’s story, or the worst in my book, unpublishing their work and republishing it when they don’t like the one star real reviews readers gave them.
I recently visited Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater in western Pennsylvania. Wright described his design as organic architecture – a melding of nature and man. As I toured the home, I wanted to sit down and write. I yearned to send all the tour groups on their way so I could enjoy the sound of rushing water, feel the sunshine flowing through the open windows, see the treetops at eye level and taste the creative juices inspired by nature.
As I began my writing day this morning, I realized I didn’t have to take over Fallingwater and hold it hostage to my desires. I have a writing space in my own home with similar features. Our summer has been so hot, I’d become captive in the air-conditioned house. But this morning, fall is beating down the heat. I stepped out onto my second floor balcony, wiped off the table and began to write.
Suddenly, the words came easily after days of struggle, as I sat near the branches of three old maple trees. I gazed out at the wise willow in the backyard, and the sunflowers on the edge of our garden winked at me.
The birds chattered, happy to give me space in their home. One of them was so happy, he left a calling card on my notepad. The droppings remind me I am an organic writer, and all’s right (write) with my world.
Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts. -Winston Churchill
Having been knee deep in the trenches of self-publishing for the last several months, I feel as though I've gotten a pretty good perspective on what's really going on in the industry. Not an expert opinion, mind you, but certainly an insider one.