Dogs and cats. Yankee fans and Red Sox fans. Conservatives and liberals. Studio projects and independent films. We live in a divided global culture that thrives on tension and occasionally throws a punch.
Thank God we’re less concerned these days with race and sexual preference than we are with Team Edward versus Team Jacob.
But then there are screenwriters and novelists.
This is the hook for an article of mine that’s running on Aboutascreeenplay.com, a great site for, well, screenwriters. The piece is called “How to Talk to a Novelist About Writing” — click HERE to check it out.
I also did a major guest post on Problogger.net, which is sort of the Time Magazine of the blogging trade. It’s called, “The Greatest Writing Advice. Ever.” — always a risky way to title a blog post, but 57 out of 59 commenters thus far agree. Check it out HERE.
Another buddy, the profilic Suzannah at Writeitsideways.com, is running a cool piece today, “Should You Make Your Children’s Book into a Series?” My vote is yes. Check out her site and read the article HERE.
And then there’s James at Menwithpens.ca, who doesn’t need my help attracting traffic, mostly because the site is stocked with good stuff from all corners of the writing trade, including six guest posts from yours truly in the Fiction section. Visit James HERE.
And finally… I just received the first off-the-press copies of my new novel yesterday in the mail. This is always a moment that rocks your world no matter how many books you’ve published, and it rocked mine. My publisher, Lloyd Corricelli, and his designer really nailed this thing, and once I had my hands on it I was blown away at the rich colors and the texture of the cover, as well as the design and readabilty of the interior pages.
About Next Week…
The first half of the first draft of the manuscript for the six core competencies book I’m writing for Writers Digest Books is due to them by March 15th. The title, by the way, will be: Story Engineering: Mastering the Six Core Competencies of Successful Writing.
Given this last minute time crunch, next week’s posts here on Storyfix will be reprisals of some of the better early posts from last summer. Since the bulk of you weren’t around then, and I can’t assume that everyone has gone back into the archives in depth, this should be new information. And if you’ve already read it, it’s good to circle back in context to some of the more advanced stuff I’ve been posting lately. I’ll post a new article per day… so if you know any writers who aren’t subscribers yet, let ’em know that this is a good time to dive in.
Thanks to all my Storyfix friends, including the guy who thinks I look cheesy in my jeans and leather coat. Hey, it was a book jacket photo at the direction of a professional photographer, who happened to be a beautiful woman who thought it was kinda hot. Hot cheese, I guess. What can I say.
Have a great writing day.