Other than the occasional blog post, I haven’t written anything of consequence, personally, in close to a year. So goes my on-again-off-again relationship with creative writing.
The stopper (or slower-downer) for me this time has been a preoccupation with money (re: earning more) and enduring a series of extensive repairs and renovations to our condo.
. . . → Read More: Getting closer to writing again…
I’ve been revisiting and researching famous stories and hero myths, starting from the most recent, pop cultural stories and their influences, and then digging down deeper into personal territory, furrowing paths that lead me to my mother and father, and to my images and beliefs of myself.
I’m a fan of pop culture, comic books, . . . → Read More: On Research and Creativity: Archetypes and Inspiration…
What is it that will drive a character to take an action? By this, I mean to ask “What, in the character’s mind/worldview is the rationale that will cause them to do one thing instead of another? For the Author, this includes considering the underlying goal of driving the story in a believable way, consistent . . . → Read More: On Writing: Motivating Characters (and their Author)
For me, writing is a lot like an act of integration. Taking disparate chunks of experience and combining them into an assemblage or collage gives them added meaning. I think that this is what is intended by the word “juxtaposition” in art/design terminology. It boils down the creating a new whole out of a bunch of summed-up parts. . . . → Read More: On Writing: Visualization and Collage in Storytelling…
The raw material of a story or any creative work probably comes from at least two kinds of sources: the Subjective, and the Objective. Somewhere between these two seemingly opposite categories sits the Artist, who must decide how and when to engage either approach, and whether to use an unbalanced or balanced approach. . . . → Read More: On Research and Digging Deep: Setting the Tone for Believability
I found this article to be a very useful, first-hand account of the challenges and advantages of self-publishing.
I think that opinion tends to be divided between those who feel that eBooks are opening new opportunities for readers and writers, and those who feel that the eReader medium is still too immature and under-refined compared . . . → Read More: What Independent Author Stacey Cochran learned from self-publishing
In the spirit of “try before you buy”, I invite you to read a preview of my novel, Owe Nothing, on Google Books.
Owe Nothing is my non-mainstream look at Vancouver: an adventure novel based upon real people and places that I knew when my family lived in dodgy Kingsway Motels for over a year. The . . . → Read More: Preview Owe Nothing Free, on Google Books
Are video book trailers a good idea? I actually debated this question while I pondered the progress of my online book marketing campaign. In retrospect, it seemed funny that I actually pondered this at all.
When I first envisioned the kinds of activities it would take to market a novel, I imagined things like press . . . → Read More: Are Video Book Trailers a Good Idea?
Check out the new book trailer video for Owe Nothing:
This captures a bit of the humour and intrigue of Owe Nothing. I think I definitely see more video trailers in my future…
(Apex Reviews, and GhostWriter Extraordinare)
What’s the right price, relative to the cover price of the printed edition, or relative to the expectations of the eReader market?
This is something I must resolve for myself: when I publish “Owe Nothing” in eBook format (which I am going to do fairly soon), what is the best price? I’ve seen eBooks on sale . . . → Read More: How do you set a price for an eBook edition?