Writing To Write

Sep 25, 2012 by

No form of writing is pointless. Or, put less passively: writing is always worth it. I was recently asked if there was “even any point in continuing this mess” by a prospective client – she’d written something she had no desire to see published in print and really just wanted to share with the world online. She wanted to offer it up for free, but was willing to spend some money to help improve her skill. Yes, there is a point. Take fanfiction writers, as our first example. It may seem pointless, and some authors are deeply and darkly against their characters being used by anyone else, but in fact, there are quite a few reasons to write fanfiction–I’ll go into my personal artistic views of the medium at a later date. For now,...

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Uncertainties of Life

Sep 11, 2012 by

On Sept 11, 2001, the world came to a crashing halt, and that included the book industry. Every book on an editor’s desk that was set to get published? Scrapped. Every manuscript that had an agent’s attention was shoved aside. Every book already at the presses was halted. For six months the industry came to a stand still. Contracts were cancelled, series were paused, sequels didn’t come out. There are no guarantees in the world, least of all in the book business. If you come to me with a manuscript and ask for a promise that after I’ve worked on it, it will be published by a major publisher, I show you the door. No matter how good the book is, there’s never any way to be certain. Today is the 11th anniversary of a deep tragedy,...

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Community Etiquette

Sep 7, 2012 by

I use music when I write, because it helps me tune everything else out. I work on a main street in an office with other people, so if I can’t concentrate through random cars, typing, laughs, chatter, and in many cases a very loud cat meowing incessantly because he wants to be fed now, now, NOW…I listen to music. However, that’s a bit rude, eh? I’m in a room with other people. They may actually need to speak to me. It’s been known to happen. So putting on headphones isn’t exactly the most polite thing I could do. On the other hand, I do need to get my work done. It’s how I make my living. And especially when someone’s on the phone, it’s very difficult to write around the voice. Really, though, when it comes...

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The Dark Knight Rises

Aug 1, 2012 by

Spoiler warning: I went to a midnight showing of the third Nolan Batman movie. I waited a week, but if you have not seen it yet and do not want to know what happened, do not continue to read this article. Click here if you don't mind spoilers They never explained where he got the mask. Nor, in fact, why the prison now belongs to him – something I would very much have liked to know. The movie was excellent for what it was, though it was honestly a bit empty of Batman himself. I was disappointed with the fact that they set it up for Nightwing with no real chance of us getting a Nightwing movie. All that said, this is not a movie critique site, it’s a ghostwriting website – my personal...

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