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No #NaNoWriMo For Me

By on Nov 11, 2014 in The Scrawl |

So I’ve been having quite a bit of interaction encouraging and sometimes helping those who have decided to participate in NaNoWriMo this month. But I, myself, am not participating in it in a real sense. And that begs the question, “Why not?” There are a couple of big reasons but the biggest, for me, is that I’m already neck deep in my current writing project which, coincidentally, will complete right about the same time as NaNoWriMo. Or, at least, that’s my current projection. I’m about 30K words into it right now. It will be my eighth novel and a direct sequel to my last novel. No, not the one you can go nominate for Kindle Scout, a different one. But there are other reasons I’m not participating and I want to explain a few of them. NaNoWriMo doesn’t present me a challenge anymore. When I was nineteen I finished my first novel. It was...

Soundscapes Help Your Writing

By on Nov 6, 2014 in The Scrawl |

Had a recent discussion on Twitter with a fellow writer. He made the comment that he enjoyed writing but could not do so in silence. As someone also suffering from that same peculiarity, I asked if he used soundscapes. He wasn’t familiar with the term so I sent him some info and then thought that maybe this was a concept that could help other writers and artists better perfect their craft. So here goes. A soundscape, more or less is an artificial atmosphere of sound to help connect you to your work. The example I gave said author was from the last book I created (not my Kindle Scout candidate): Set this first one to about 20% volume: This next one at about the same, 20% volume: And then play this playlist at about 30%: And then whammo, you are suddenly in the middle of the last book I wrote. It’s dark sci-fi and this playlist is the world from my hero’s perspective....

Christian. Author. ≠ Christian Author

By on Nov 2, 2014 in The Scrawl |

As part of my ongoing efforts to become a “published”(read: famous) author I have been growing my Twitter audience. Nothing revolutionary about that. Recently, though, I had a person add me to a list on Twitter called “Christian Authors”. And then I was a big old jerk about it and said said the following:   So this led me to this current post. How do I differentiate myself as an author, but not a quote-unquote “Christian Author”. First, let me say that I have nothing against Christian authors. I would consider a guy like Jared Wilson, who I count as a social media “friend”, a great Christian author. He writes authentically, from his heart and from his faith and where he writes is in primarily Christian non-fiction. I have read much of his work and love it. I consider him a far better writer than, say, Frank Peretti both theologically...

Why Kindle Scout? (And how to get my next book free!)

By on Nov 1, 2014 in The Scrawl |

So I have decided to take one of my finished manuscripts and try out this crowdsourced thing Amazon is doing called Kindle Scout. I read about the program a while back and thought maybe this would be an interesting way to approach the sale of one of my books. I have read good things and warnings about the program. I have extensively read their legalese and know that no, it’s not exactly like a traditional publishing arrangement. But I also know that the big things, the things that matter to me, are being put in place with this program.  1. It’s audience based. So what do I mean by that? Instead of being determined by the ability (or lack thereof) of an agent to sell my work to a publisher, this relies on an audience who enjoys my work enough to convince Amazon to publish it for me. This is a big deal for me because I would much rather take a pay cut and have a group of...