Author Archive

NaNoWriMo Progress Sheet

NaNoWriMo begins the day after tomorrow. To control my progress, I’ve created a spreadsheet that dynamically recomputes, each day, how many words I need to write in order to stay on track. This is a method I’ve used before, based on principles used to manage software projects. Because software projects have a lot in common […]

Dear New Indie Author…

This is a real note I just sent to a new author of a software-development book: I’m an independent author and software developer. I saw your posting on G+, and it sounded potentially interesting. I signed up for the email to download the ebook, thinking I could review it on my SD blog. However, by […]

#CharacterStory Writing Prompts 2012/05/14

Use one or more of the prompts below to inspire one or more character stories: Write a story with the scene depicted by the photo at top of this post, “New York #flickrmeetup – Come and meet us at the High Line!” (Click for a larger view.) Write a story with a character who periodically […]

Writing Character Flaws

Inspired by the Pendragon Variety Podcast relaunch episode—in which the Pendragon ladies vamp on the topic: “Character Flaws – Balancing Your Character’s Awesome”—I decided to expound on… uh… character flaws. First things first: We’re all told that our characters should have “flaws.” But what are these mythical creatures? What makes a flaw? any imperfection in […]

Carnival of Storytelling – November 3, 2011

Welcome to the November 3, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Yes, it was actually posted a little later than November 3. And that’s my fault. It’s also a little skimpy, and that’s also my fault. Even so, thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. Please browse their blog posts, and share your […]

Carnival of Storytelling – October 20, 2011

Welcome to the October 20, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. And thanks to all the bloggers who posted wonderful articles that I have hand-picked for the following list. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from across the Internet for the […]

Carnival of Storytelling – September 22, October 18, 2011

Carnival of Storytelling – September 22, October 18, 2011 Welcome to the Carnival of Storytelling. Now that the summer break is over, to launch a new season, I’m catching up on editions of the Carnival of Storytelling. A lot of great links posted. And more coming up tomorrow and Thursday! (UPDATE Oct 19: I didn’t […]

Carnival of Storytelling – August 11, 2011

Welcome to the August 11, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. And thanks to all the bloggers who posted wonderful articles, which I have hand-picked for the following list. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from across the Internet for the […]

Carnival of Storytelling – July 28, 2011

Welcome to the July 28, 2011 edition of Carnival of Storytelling. Thanks to everyone who submitted a link at BlogCarnival.com. And thanks to all the bloggers who posted wonderful articles, which I have hand-picked for the following list. Please browse their blog posts, and share your own favorite posts from across the Internet for the […]

Self-Publishing for Fun and Profit

In yesterday’s post, I distinguished between the “indie author” and the “self-published author.” A reader named Wendy commented, with a question. This is a distinction that I originally got from Bob Baker, author of 55 Ways to Promote & Sell Your Book on the Internet. Bob got his self-publishing start with a book about indie […]