A warm & fuzzy new ebook you can, and should, take to bed with you.
Because it’ll hug you back.
If this writing thing is so hard, which is what we hear all the time from writing teachers and tired old sages (me included on both counts) and around the cookie table at writing workshops, why are so many of us so utterly devoted to it?
Masochism? Fantasy? Delirous self-delusion?
Why does Jim Frey refer to writing fiction as bleeding from our foreheads?
Why are so many writers alcoholics — cause or effect? Inquiring relatives want to know… — or worse, suicidal?
How does The Writing Dream survive all this darkness?
Truth is, writing a story is fun. Fulfilling. Seductive. Vicarious. And impressive when it works.
It’s all the stuff surrounding it that challenges us, and on so many levels.
Getting it right. Making it great. Finding someone who cares. Knowing how to play the agent game. Keeping your chin up against all those odds and those chilly one-line rejection letters that tell you that your manuscript “just doesn’t meet our needs at this time.”
Yeah, I wanna kill ’em, too.
Warm hugs, that’s what.
Over the course of 30 months and nearly 500 posts on this site, a handful have departed from my usual craft focus and sought to bring light to the occasional darkness that accompanies the nametag of Writer.
Over 30 of them have been buffed up and assembled in Warm Hugs for Writers.
These have consistently been the most responded to and best appreciated of the content here on Storyfix, which is why I’m thinking having them all in one place is a good thing. Sort of like a favorite pillow, or having a wise old bestselling author around, someone who’s been there, felt that.
In addition, a handful of guest posts from other writers who share their writing journey are included, with an absolutely killer Foreword (itself worthy 0f a stand-alone ebook) by writing workshop legend and bestselling craft author James N. Frey.
Yeah, that guy.
To get a copy either as a Kindle ebook (exclusive) or as a downloadable PDF, see the middle column under the book cover and click on either the Kindle link or the ADD TO CART (for the PDF) link. Or do it right here.
A January Promotion to Kickstart This Thing
If you buy either version of Warm Hugs for Writers this month (January 2012), I’ll send you any of my three novels available on Kindle (“Darkness Bound“… “The Seminar” or “Bait and Switch“)… OR… a PDF copy of one of my bestselling craft ebooks (“Get Your Bad Self Published”… “Story Structure Demystified”… or “The Three Dimensions of Character”).
Just send me your Kindle or e-Junkie receipt (to firstname.lastname@example.org), tell me which bonus novel or ebook you’d like, and I’ll fire it off to you within a day or so. (This is manual on my part, so please be patient… I might be at the gym or my therapist’s office.)
So let there there be hugs.
The warm and fuzzy and motivational kind.
We all need ’em from time to time.