What’s in a Name

Some of you might remember my Walkersville stories. They’ve been sent off to a new life elsewhere. May 1, I am getting back to writing a few short stories and novellas.  I’m working on a private project for week one. Then I will publish my short story, The Kidnapping of Stephen Buckman. 

Part of my #May100KChallenge is to, well, write 100,000 words. The private project is 25,000 words. The other 75,000 will be short stories. Continue reading “What’s in a Name”

Coping with Writer's Block

Why Do You Have Writer’s Block?

A recurring topic on Internet writers’ groups is writers’ block. The writers discussing the cursed block range from beginners to old pros at the writing game. Here are some suggestions that came out in a recent discussion as possible reasons for writers’ block.

  • Not thinking through a situation carefully enough

When the first blush of an idea strikes, the immediate feeling is to sit down and capture it on paper. However, rushing to write before the idea is fully formed can have detrimental effects…suddenly you find yourself painted into a corner with no way out. Continue reading “Coping with Writer's Block”

Take (the Writing) Life Easy but Take It

Laptop

In my dreams this is what my work station looks like. The reality is that I got this picture free from Unsplash.  It appeals to me.

The point is that the easier we can make our writing life, the easier it will be to get to the actual writing. Have a dedicated and non-distracting place to write.

Harlan Coben goes to a coffee shop to write because he is not distracted there by family and other interruptions.  For me, I have to avoid the internet. It is too tempting to check my email all the time. Continue reading “Take (the Writing) Life Easy but Take It”

The Reality of Writing: Some Expert Advice

ChrisFoxThere is so much to know about writing and marketing your Kindle books. I’m sharing some of the expert advice that I received along the way. Like Chris Fox’s advice.

This is Chris Fox over to the right. I bought my first Chris Fox book last summer and it made a difference in my life but the way our brains work, it takes at least seven encounters before the names sink in. So it was not until I saw his second book on writing that I did more investigating. Here’s the first book of his that I found. Continue reading “The Reality of Writing: Some Expert Advice”

Writing Kindle Fiction Books — Does it Pay?

6-14A lot of people looking to make money online turned toward Kindle as if it were the next magic bullet. Chances are that they were be thinking predominantly in terms of non-fiction. The assumption is that it’s easier to market and easier to sell something that serves a particular purpose or answers a particular question. Besides in the info product world, that is their strength.

People want solutions to their nagging problems. So for example, people will very often search for things like ‘how to create wooden furniture’ or ‘how to make money online’ because they are things they want to learn. This makes them willing to pay (especially if they think they’ll earn money as a result) and it makes your book easier for the right people to find. Continue reading “Writing Kindle Fiction Books — Does it Pay?”

Fiction or Nonfiction? Let's Talk Nonfiction First

The Top Niches for Your Kindle Book

All AloneI’m working on this particular topic from the perspective of the marketer or the person who is looking for a viable way to make a living online. There is something that bugs me a great deal and that is how people who look for the Shiny New Object and discover the money-making info product world and get all wound up and tangled in that world. Continue reading “Fiction or Nonfiction? Let's Talk Nonfiction First”

You Can Make Kindle a Real Business Success

I am spending this weekend with my daughter (and other beloved members of my family). My daughter is a voracious reader and reviews quite a few books. We got to talking about Kindle books and since I have a few Kindle stories up there, it’s one of my favorite topics. I’m starting a Writing for Kindle series of blogs here because it turns out I have strong opinions about writing in general and Kindle in particular.

Kindle Books are Crap!

whatThat’s what my daughter said. Her opinion was based on the few Kindle books she had read — or tried to read. The sad fact is, I know what she’s talking about. Some of the books really are crap. Continue reading “You Can Make Kindle a Real Business Success”

Confessions of a Distracted Woman

 

Joanne Reid
Joanne’s Journey to Health

I dither a lot and it seems to take me forever to get things done. I had a whole blog about getting healthy and I have this blog and I have another couple of blogs. It is too distracting to get up each day and think about what I am going to blog about today. All that happens is that I never blog.

Then I feel guilty about not blogging. Like here, I was writing about 52 ancestors. I got to eight and then froze up. I went to the health blog and spent all spring and summer blogging about how I need to exercise while being so physically unfit I have to drive a block from the shop to the bridge club.

I’m supposed to be writing a mystery series and I don’t.

This weekend we are packing for our annual October trek to Arizona. It should be easy because we do this every fall but I never remember to make a list so each year I have to start from scratch. This year I am making a list. Even better, I am putting the list in a journal that I am keeping about each day.

The Journal

Even the journal became a dither factor. I have had this particular journal for a couple of years and the blank, unmarked pages were daunting. It was a gift from my old buddies Perry and Cyrille.  I need a sybooksstem to keep track of my income, my to do list, the things I need to buy, the places I need to go and the interesting tidbits I hear each day.

So I made a plan to do something about it. Rather than scrawl notes on loose pieces of paper, I started putting them in the journal. I had two full pages of things to do yesterday.  I got a lot accomplished including last minute grocery shopping. Some of the thing that had been hovering over me for weeks took less than 10 minutes to finish.

If nothing else, I won’t have that confusion next year about what needs to be done here to turn things off and what needs to be done in Arizona to turn things on. This is the journal over to the right.

Speaking of next year, I will be 67 and by that time my father was already suffering from the effects of strokes. There are certain family health issues that are quite apparently part of my makeup too. Such as the propensity for strokes.

The Plan

It’s not in my journal yet but I do plan to continue with the remaining 46 ancestors and also a tribute to my cousin David Reid who prepared the photo of my ancestor Alexander Reid and his son David Reid. He emailed the images to me around the turn of the century and I never credited him for them. I had lost his email address.

Yes, I know. Poor record management.

I’m struggling to overcome annoyance at my fly by the seat of my pants approach to a scattered life. Bear with me.