The Business of Writing

I’ve often thought of writing as not unlike competitive figure skating. There’s the wonderful exuberance of the freestyle part of the competition, where the creative, artistic abilities of the skater are paramount. The audience is held breathless by a superior performance. Then there is the other part of the contest, the part that calls for skating figure routines–dull, prosaic exercises that only the initiated can appreciate and that often bear little correlation with the engaging brilliance of a gifted skater. The business side of writing is a bit like skating figures. Mystery novelist John Desjarlais has an excellent blog, where he talks about things like writing press releases. He also has an interesting discussion of the five things he wishes someone had told him about publishing.

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The Ten Commandments of Being a Writer…

The author John C. Wright has started an on-line journal to discuss the craft of the writer. I found his first post very helpful, if a bit of a kick-in-the-pants!. I should post these Ten Commandments (beside the others!) on my wall where I can refer to them often, and remind myself to stick to the work of writing with perseverance and passion.

I append the first of his Ten Commandments here:

1. In order to be a writer, you must write.”

And so it begins… For the rest, visit Wright’s Writing Corner: John C. Wright’s Insights On Writing.

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Preview “The Stoneholding”

Preview the first several chapters of The Stoneholding on the Baen Books Webscription site. Click here:

The Stoneholding by James G. Anderson & Mark Sebanc – Baen Books.

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A Review in “Publishers Weekly”

The Stoneholding James Anderson and Mark Sebanc.

“This expansive series debut, Baen’s first foray into epic fantasy, employs classic tropes but speaks with a unique voice. When the Arvon king was slain and his queen and infant son abducted, the merchant council of the Mindal set “vile power-hungry upstart” Gawmage on the throne. Eighteen years later, the highlanders of the Holding still reject Gawmage’s rule. Wilum, the aged High Bard, and his bright-eyed apprentice, Kal, hope to locate and restore the lost prince before the Holding falls to Gawmage’s army. Plentiful action scenes, narrative dialogue and liberal use of songs and poems recall Tolkien and keep pages turning. Strong characterization, especially of ingenious, daring Kal… Readers who enjoy Baen’s military SF and alternate history may well be pleasantly surprised by this new direction. Sept. 2009.”

via Fiction Reviews: 7/13/2009 – 7/13/2009 – Publishers Weekly.

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