“This is either madness…or brilliance.” ~Will Turner to Jack Sparrow.
“It’s remarkable how often those two traits coincide.” ~Captain Jack Sparrow
One of the best quotes from a movie. Ever.
July 6, 2012 | Categories: Blogging, Writing | Tags: Captain Jack Sparrow, Caribbean, History, Jack Sparrow, Johnny Depp, laney mcmann, Pirates of the Caribbean, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Quotes, Will Turner | Leave a comment
I invest a ludicrous amount of time reading. Whether I read novels, blogs, craft books or research material, I always try to find useful or inspiring bits of information each week. And then I save them.
Author Joanna Penn, creator of The Creative Penn, has a wonderfully inspiring post on her blog this week. Recommended Book For Creatives: Turning Pro By Steven Pressfield This is a must read post by Joanna as well as a must read book, The Art of War being the prequel.
Anne R. Allen’s blog this week features a post by her co-blogger Ruth Harris. An interesting and humorous read. 11 Reasons Writers Get Rejected—And Why Only 3 Of Them Matter
Indie Author Lindsay Buroker has an informative post up on her blog. Is It Harder Today for Self-Published Authors to “Break-in” at Amazon?
- A Week In Links (laneymcmann.com)
July 5, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Books, Inspiration, Publishing, Self Publishing, Social Media, Writer, Writing, Writing Tips | Tags: Amazon, Anne R. Allen, art, Art of War, Blog, blogging, Creative Penn, Facebook, Joanna Penn, laney mcmann, Lindsay Buroker, Literature, novel writing, Ruth Harris, Self-publishing, Social media, Steven, Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles, Traditional Publishing, Twitter, Writing, Writing Advice, Writing Tips, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | Leave a comment
“One glance at a book and you hear the voice of another person -perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millenia, the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another. Books break the shackles of time.”
- Carl Sagan on Books (brainpickings.org)
- corygodbey: Carl Sagan. “The beauty of a living thing is not… (drawn.ca)
- “Look again at that dot.” – Carl Sagan and Perspective (moonlightenedshelves.wordpress.com)
June 29, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Inspiration, Quotes, Writing | Tags: Astronomy, Author, Book Writing, Carl Sagan, Cosmos, Demon Haunted World, History, Inspiration, laney mcmann, NASA, Pale Blue Dot, People, Writers Resources | Leave a comment
It occurs to me after reading yet another scalding blog post by another author who is upset by the current state of the publishing industry, that we as a whole of writers need to stop engaging in the ‘who’s on the right or left side of the fence’ argument.
I know that we all get emotional and heated up and mad. It keeps the fire burning. It fuels the “I’ll show them!” mentality on both sides. By my god, this topic is OLD. And frustrating. And Petty.
So why, why are we still talking about it? Why are we still reading scathing posts that are meant to infuriate?
You wanna go Trad? GO TRAD!
You wanna go Indie? GO INDIE!
Who cares? Other than you, the author, it’s no one’s concern. No one’s business. People will always judge. Fact of life.
Your choices in publishing don’t need to be defended. Nor should anyone’s choices be ridiculed.
So let’s all shut up about who’s wrong and who’s right. Not all trad books are glazed in gold and not all indie books suck. Stop drawing an imaginary line in the imaginary sands of no where land. It doesn’t exist. Stop with the professional vs. amateur argument about indies ‘settling’ for second best because it’s all they could get vs. trads clinging to their sinking ship waving their credentials high above their heads.
Readers don’t care. This is a writers argument.
Readers want good stories. That’s it.
Self-pubbed, trad-pubbed. They don’t care.
Writers need to write good books and channel them in whatever direction they choose. Fact is, some writers are control freaks and the thought of giving up rights throws them into a backward tail spin. Others cannot fathom the idea of going it alone. They want the support that trad publishers provide. There is no right choice. There is no wrong choice.
Are we all really going through the headaches of creating worlds and characters and plot lines to turn around and waste our precious time and energy demeaning other writers for the choices they make regarding how to publish? Really? That train of thought boils down to envy, jealousy… and FEAR. Let it go.
Write good books and leave the complaints at home. Spill them out there. To your dog. Or your cat. We are all wasting time yapping and pointing fingers. Not to mention making asses out of ourselves.
Our little blogosphere of writers here online—it’s not so small. We have a world-wide reach and those who are always gripping make the lot of us look bad.
Good day my fellow writers. Write On. Publish On. And remember the wise words of Author Chuck Wendig, “Try not to suck.”
- The New World of Publishing: Insulting Your Writer Friends (deanwesleysmith.com)
- Indie vs. Trad: Which Side Are You? (andrewmocete.com)
- The Writer’s Challenge in 4 Simple Steps (chazzwrites.com)
June 27, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Publishing, Self Publishing, Social Media, Writer, Writing | Tags: Amazon Kindle, Arts, Author, Chuck Wendig, E-book, Fiction, indie publishing, laney mcmann, Novel, Publish, Self-publishing, Social media, Traditional Publishing, Writer, Writers Resources, Writing Advice, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | 2 Comments
I find inspiration in the world around me. As a fantasy writer it doesn’t take much to peek my imagination. That being said, there are a few ideas that are so far-fetched even I am mesmerized. Through The Wormhole with Morgan Freeman is by far the best show on television for widening my imagination and helping to broaden my world building ideas. If you write fantasy or paranormal or sci-f, it’s worth your time to check it out.
I found this next video while browsing YouTube. It’s fantastic.
- Fantasy World Building. J.R.R. Tolkien (laneymcmann.com)
- Fantasy World Building — Thanks To Star Wars and Legend
June 25, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Inspiration, Writing | Tags: Arts, Author, Book Writing, Fantasy, Fantasy world, Inspiration, laney mcmann, Morgan Freeman, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Through the Wormhole, Worldbuilding, Wormhole, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author, YouTube | 3 Comments
Numbers, numbers, numbers. Are they your social media goal? Build higher numbers (fans, followers) and hope they equate to higher book sales?
I’m raising my kids by a few beliefs I hold true. One of the biggest: Quality over Quantity. Every time. For my kids I relate it to friendships. A few real friends trump a lot of fake ones.
Social media is no different. It isn’t about the numbers, it’s about the connections. I believe a lot of writers have become too focused on the wrong side of the coin. Stats.
Now I’m not going to sit here and tell anyone that I’m miss social. I’m the opposite of that. So it’s difficult for me to reach out to everyone who friends or follows me. But I always reach back to the ones who speak up and draw me out. And to those people, I am extremely thankful.
And here in lies my point. Connections equal friendships. And friendships reward us as writers and as people.
I make it a point to support the friends I’ve made online. I shout out to them on Twitter, I retweet their tweets, and support their books. I don’t do it because I feel I have to as part of my daily social media routine. I do it because I want to. And it’s reciprocal. It feeds those quality connections and comes back to me as a reward. It’s karmic.
Engagement is the key to real connections. If you read a blog post that resonates, say something. Like it, comment, tweet it, ping it, whatever, but engage. It matters.
Us writers, we’re a needy breed. We like pats on the back. And we aren’t generally telepathic, so we need to be told we’re saying the right things. It gives a sense of accomplishment and reminds us that we are on the right path.
Communicate. With words. We like that.
Pay it forward. Right?
How about you? What do you need from your writing community to keep you moving forward?
Links you may be interested in:
- Friendship in the Digital Age (sheerbalance.com)
- Buying Social Media Followers > quality V quantity (carolinebeavon.com)
- Why social media success is about quality not quantity (socialmediatoday.com)
June 13, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Social Media, Writer, Writing | Tags: Business, Facebook, friendship, Inspiration, Internet marketing, laney mcmann, Marketing and Advertising, Online Communities, Social media, Social network, Twitter, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | 7 Comments
Star Wars. My first taste of being transported into another world. I owned everything related to those first three movies. The books, the action figures, I think I even had the soundtrack. I was utterly mesmerized by that world. I owe a lot of my writing desire and curiosity to George Lucas. But I was pretty young when Star Wars hit the screen. Too young probably to start creating worlds with anything other than my vivid imagination. I hadn’t started writing stories at that point.
Until the movie Legend came out. And then it was all she wrote. I was hooked. That movie, now somewhat of a cult phenomenon, changed the way I viewed the world (I was young, give me a break), and it triggered in me the desire to not only start reading fantasy and sci-fi like a fiend, but to start writing it.
(Give it 14 seconds)
What inspired you to walk the writing path?
May 30, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Books, Writer, Writing | Tags: Action figure, Darth Vader, Fantasy, Film, George Lucas, Inspiration, laney mcmann, Legend, Movie, novel writing, Science Fiction, space, Star Wars, StarWars, Television and Movies, tom cruise, Writer, ya fantasy author, YA paranormal romance author | 5 Comments
I invest a ludicrous amount of time reading. Whether I read novels, blogs, craft books or research material, I always try to find useful or inspiring bits of information each week. And then I save them. The talk is swinging back around to the topic of Publishing. Here are this weeks links:
Author Nathan Bransford talks about The Biggest Challenges in the New Era of Publishing
Author Anne R. Allen once again has a fantastic post Indie or Traditional Publishing? Don’t Take Sides Take Your Time
Author Kristen Lamb Big Six Publishing is Dead — Welcome the Massive Three
WRITE ON, WRITERS!
May 14, 2012 | Categories: Author, Blogging, Publishing, Self Publishing, Writer, Writing | Tags: Anne R. Allen, Arts, Author, Bob Mayer, Book, book stores, Brick and mortar, e-readers, Facebook, Kristen Lamb, laney mcmann, Literary agent, Nathan Bransford, Self-publishing, Social media, Traditional Publishing, Writer, Writing, Writing Tips | Leave a comment
It’s been a while since I posted any music. Here are a few happy songs from my current playlist to kick Monday off. Enjoy.
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