I haven't recorded a log in over a week ... because I haven't written more than a few words in a week ... because ... well none of the reasons matter. Reasons and excuses are dangerously similar. Reasons become excuses mostly when a person becomes defensive and/or when they know they've done something wrong. For me, as a new writer working on only my second published novel there simply is NO acceptable reason ... which would only leave me with listing excuses ... which I won't do.
I'll just say this - tomorrow is Mother's Day. Happy Mom's Day to all you moms out there! For me, I will take my lovely wife Lisa and her mom out to an early dinner but before and perhaps after I WILL write! And since I must have used up all of my excuses for the month last week, I intend on getting a lot of WOP this week.
Enough said on that.
Moving on, Sensei Dean pointed me towards the latest blog post from Joe Konrath "A Newbie's Guide to Publishing" (read it here). like DWS, JK is a man after my own heart when it comes to his philosophy on what it takes to become a successful self-published fiction writer nowadays ... and it really all boils down to ... WRITE ... WRITE BETTER ... and WRITE MORE! Joe also tells the things he considers wastes of time and money - like advertising and publicity. Let me tell you something, I know from my experiences in an indy rock band - both can be costly and neither 'carry their own weight' (meaning they don't pay for themselves).
In the meantime, I just watched a 4-part series on the life of one William Shakespeare, by Michael Wood. It is, in a word, exceptional and very inspirational to me. So much so, I was motivated to write verse. (grin) Yes, I do attempt poetry when the muse takes me - it's titled, _A Sixty-Minute Tale_. You can read it here.
Looking forward to posting progress with _Signs of War_ next time ...
If you self-publish or intend to self-publish you need to check out the blogs by Dean Wesley Smith and his wife Kristine Kathryn Rusch. Here's the links:
Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing
New World of Publishing
Think Like a Publisher
The Business Rusch: On Writing
(Please feel free to leave comments – your comments can be as helpful as anything I write for others. I hope this series turns out to be less my talking at you and more – a group of like-minded storytellers that self-publish or intend to. Peace & God Bless!)
About Gerard de Marigny
Gerard de Marigny is an American novelist and screenplay writer. His newest release is WHITE WIDOW (Cris De Niro, Book 7) and he is currently writing the sequel to the Amazon-Bestselling Modern War Western, JOSHUA'S COUNTRY.
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