The Meaning of Life or Something

As I  sit here in my study, pondering life, I have come up with the definitive answer to the eternal question, “What is the meaning of life?” This has been a question that has plagued man for ages. Greater minds than mine have pondered this question and have failed to come up with the answer, yet, here I am, as unscholarly as one can be, and I have found the answer.

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5 Bits of Writing Advice From P.D, James

I came across this today while going through all my backed up email. I really need to get my stuff together when it comes to them Any ay it is from the Gotham Writers website and it consists of a list of five bits of writing advice.

5 Bits of Writing Advice

Increase your word power. Words are the raw material of our craft. The greater your vocabulary the more effective your writing. We who write in English are fortunate to have the richest and most versatile language in the world. Respect it.

Read widely and with discrimination. Bad writing is contagious.

Don’t just plan to write—write. It is only by writing, not dreaming about it, that we develop our own style.

Write what you need to write, not what is currently popular or what you think will sell.

Open your mind to new experiences, particularly to the study of other people. Nothing that happens to a writer—however happy, however tragic—is ever wasted.

via P.D. James: 5 Bits of Writing Advice.

Since she has written way more books than I have, and made a little more money, I would say this is good advice.

The One Tip You Need For Writing Success

In my last post, I wrote about the definition of a writer. Let me begin by saying my first book was written and I published it last week. Now whether it is selling or not is a different story, but the point is I put my mind to it, and I did it. I have always had a dream of writing a book, but I always had excuses. Finally, I had no more excuses and it is done. And I learned a very important lesson … the first step to writing success. Continue reading

The Definition of a Writer

Here is a question for everyone: What is your definition of a writer? Is it someone who makes a living writing, someone who has been published or someone who just writes because they love to write?

I believe the answer is someone who loves to write. And the reason is simple, if you don’t love to write, you will never get published (well you can but if there is no passion in the work, well…) and you will certainly never make money at it. Continue reading

Blogging: Where the Hell have I been

I realize I haven’t been very consistent with this blog, or any of my others now that I think about it, and that isn’t a good thing. It breaks one of the main rules on “How to be Successful in Blogging” and that is

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is to be consistent in how often you write, whether it is once a week, every day, so your readers will know when to expect something from you. I guess I believe in the “Roy Philosophy on Blogging” which is to keep ’em guessing. Could this be why I am not successful? Hmmm. Continue reading