A wealth of writing info…

I know I have already linked to David Farland’s website before. But it seems crucial to me that I must do it again.

Why?

Because this post “Boosting Your Prose” is an unbelievable wealth of storytelling, and editing info. So much so that I have created Excel checklists off of his own lists.

Now I realize that running through these lists is going to add an exorbitant amount of time to my own editing process. However, in the long run I believe that the finished product will be much, much better. Really that’s the point isn’t it? We as writers want to create the best product we possibly can before submitting it to the world, or a publisher.

This was a hard lesson to learn for me. In some ways I am very impatient. I want to be done with a project as fast as I can. The first book I wrote “Losians Offering” is a good example of this rush. It’s honestly not very good. It will take a lot of work to make it better. Perhaps some day I will have the time for it. But for now I am moving forward with my current work in progress.

Now I clearly see the errors of that philosophy. This is something that can never be rushed. In the end I know I will be much happier with the results, even if it takes till the end of the year, or longer.

So yet again I must stress how wonderful “Boosting Your Prose” is. Please pass this info to any of your writer friends or contacts. Even if you don’t care for my blog, just pass along the link. I’m not looking for publicity here, I just think that this is too valuable a post to ignore. I would love for any other writer to use it to their benefit. Because let’s face it, as writers we want to learn and improve. As readers we want to read good stories.

W.

 


What is this Wattpad? And why haven’t I heard of it until now?

I just stumbled onto Wattpad the other day. And when I say stumble, I mean the actual oops I accidentally tripped onto it.  Not Stumbleupon (If you haven’t heard about Stumbleupon then you need to check it out. Though I don’t think there’s anyone on the planet who hasn’t heard about the greatest, and most wonderful-est time waster in the world.)

Anyway, I don’t know what rock I’ve been living under, but this Wattpad is freekin brilliant. As a writer you can upload any of your stories for free reading. For readers you can read all the short stories/novel chapters you want for free.

When I first jumped onto the site I thought “oh this is kinda cool, if anybody reads anything”.

After uploading three short stories, I already had over a dozen hits on each of them within one day. This, more than anything shocked and delighted me.

Sure no one is voting on them, or following me, but hell, the only thing a writer wants (besides writing) is to be read.

There is so much material available on this site. It really does amaze me. What amazes me even more is that I had never heard of it until now. I don’t know anything about their history. They could have been around for years. Of course I do have a tendency to hide under a rock sometimes. A habit that I am working on as we speak. Hold on one second, here comes Wikipedia…yep, like i figured, I’m the last to hear about it. apparently they’ve been around since 2006.

If you’re like me, always the last stop on the bus, then you need to check it out, whether you are a reader or a writer, or both.

Read, write, live…or something like that.

W.