Do You Judge An Author By His Or Her Genre?


Awesome post. So happy I found this blog. :)

Originally posted on Vashti Quiroz-Vega's Blog:

You’d be surprised how many people make assumptions about authors’ personalities based on their works’ genre. Horror writers have dark, twisted minds and are capable of committing the atrocities they write about. Erotica writers are perverts. Writers of romance tend to be like their heroines—beautiful women who are lavished with flowers, candy and romantic dinners by more lovers than they can handle (and who all resemble Ryan Reynolds, Zac Efron, Gerald Butler, or Idris Elba) And comedic writers––well, they’re all clowns who don’t take life seriously enough. Really? Come on, people!

I have lost count of how many times friends and acquaintances have been shocked when they find out that I write horror and dark fantasy. “But you don’t look like a horror writer,” they say. So what is a writer of horror and dark fantasy supposed to look like?

Is this what I'm supposed to look like?

Is this what I’m supposed to look like?

We writers…

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Wearing many hats

Originally posted on Florida Writers Conference Blog:

Hello, again. :) I promised you all a post before, but another more timely one came in I wanted to get out. That all said, you may have noticed that these Friday posts I do usually come out a bit later in the day than other posts. Basically? It comes down to one thing: A desperate need of organization and feeling a bit overwhelmed at times.

I’m sure you know what I am talking about. As authors, we usually wear a ton of other hats. We’re also editors. Marketers. Some of us are designers as well. Add in jobs (Stephen King pointed out in On Writing only 5% of authors make enough to live solely on their books alone), and it gets even crazier.

That’s where the need to organize and get on a schedule is so critical. Here are some things I am planning to implement and some resources…

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Why Do We Write?

Why do you/we write?

That is the most asked question I’ve been, well, asked. (Aside from what’s my real job, but that’s a post for another day. lol) It just kinda struck me how I see this so often and wondered, “Are authors really that fascinating?”

The truth is, at least to me, a resounding, “Yes!” I’m the kind of person that loves to learn everything I can about people and their work. What’s more fascinating than feeling as though you connect with someone else, even if it’s just through a simple thing like a similar thought or belief?

I had that moment when I read Stephen King’s On Writing. More than anything, learning that he’s mostly a pantser and likes to start with placing a character in a situation and let them work their way out. Until then I felt like a freak with everyone telling me I needed to do outlines so I know what happens on page 30 and page 173 and so on. If nothing else, knowing that’s how he writes vindicated me to myself and boosted my confidence to new levels.

You never know when something will click with another published or aspiring author, and I think it’s for that reason I decided to write this post.

One of the things I’ve learned over the years is we all do things for different reasons when it comes to writing. Believe it or not, that’s not something that was apparent to me early on.

My reason is simple: Escapism.

Growing up, I was the quiet kid with few friends so I always had my nose buried in a book. Anything from Treasure Island to Star Trek was a fixture in my backpack. It was fun to escape into the different worlds and forget my troubles (Usually homework and tests).

When I started writing I didn’t have anything more in mind than to share my ideas with my friends. It was one of them that told be I should write a book. I was hesitant at first, but after a couple of weeks of him berating me to do something with my talent ( I never looked at it that way) I gave in and started writing Call of Poseidon.

One of the ways he convinced me was by saying how he lost himself in my stories. That’s when it struck me. My goal became to simply entertain and offer others the same escapism as I enjoyed as a kid and, hopefully, make a living at it. Over the last few years I can’t explain the wonderful feeling I get when someone tells me they love this story or that one. Each time I feel like I achieved my goal.

How about you? Do you want to change the world? Rule the world? Or just entertain the masses with your stories? I’d love to hear from you guys. :)


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Which POV Should You Use in Your Narrative..?


Some great information in choosing what narrative to use.

Originally posted on Mandy Eve Barnett's Official Blog:


When we create a narrative, our first priority is to decide on which point of view we want to use, the narrative perspective or mode. First person, second or third. Each has it’s own guidelines and enables us to manipulate the reader into the mindset of the character or characters we wish them to sympathize with. As the author we are the omnipresent voice, the one who directs the action and reveals the plot. Whose thoughts, feelings and decisions we reveal to our readers can make a great deal of difference in how the story flows and if you want more mystery to the outcome or highlight your characters internal struggle.

Nathan Bransford wrote about the comparison between the third person omniscient versus third person limited here:

Another good link, which assists with choosing your narrative style is here:

And this link has some great worksheets –

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What’s right for you?


I couldn’t agree more. It’s all about what works best for you and your plans.

Originally posted on Florida Writers Conference Blog:

Good morning, everyone! I am so sorry my post didn’t go out yesterday. It’s been one of those crazy weeks, and I didnst didn’’t even realize until late in the day that this hadn’t been set up. That’s a topic for another post, though– Monday, to be exact.

For now, I wanted to talk about something that I’ve seen a lot of in the online world and felt the need to discuss: Crowd funding. More specifically, the thoughts and attitudes surrounding crowd funding. I’ve seen a lot posts from people who still seem to have an issue with people not going the traditional route of submitting to a publisher and waiting until one has accepted you for your work to see the light of day, as well as a general stigma on crowd funding campaigns.

Whether one personally likes it or not, self-publishing and crowd funding is here to stay…

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Okay, okay, I admit I’m a football junkie. I love when this time of year rolls around and the six month wait is over to see the boys of fall take the field at the end of August/beginning of September. Add to it the new Hockey season starts in October and I’m one happy sports nut. I just wish they showed more water polo on TV, but I guess I’ll have to wait for the Olympics for that.

I bet you’re sitting there wondering what does all this have to do with anything, am I right?

Glad you asked. :)

I’ve been kicking around tweaking a couple of things in my habits and today is the best time to start the biggest one.

No coffee. Yep that’s right, I’m going to start going without coffee on Sundays. My reasoning is simple. When my New York Giants are winning, I’m jacked through the roof. When they’re losing, I’m still jacked through the roof but I contemplate throwing the TV (Since our TV in the Living Room died Friday night, I assume it was technological suicide?).

Anyway, if I add coffee I may be a little more rambunctious than usual so I figure this is a great chance to start a new trend. This could be an interesting experiment that I hope helps to lead Big Blue to another Super Bowl title (Hush! It’s a guy and sports thing. Just like if I buy anything with my team name at any time they suck that year. :P ) and hopefully this will also help me be more energetic come Monday mornings. We shall see.

Do you have any quirks you do to bring yourself or your favorite team good luck?

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In Praise of Boredom and Single-Tasking


Relaxation is a lost art anymore. I’m so grateful for the ability to shut off my brain and enjoy the world around me.

Originally posted on Nicholas C. Rossis:



Have you noticed how we never get bored any more?  We always multitask, rarely doing just the one thing.  Last week I came across a number of articles about boredom and how useful – and highly unusual, nowadays – it is.  I guess that is because of the summer. People find themselves with more free time, and even manage to get bored on occasion, hence the unusual increase of articles on this extraordinary feeling .  Or, maybe, I just need to remember that sweet feeling.

The latest article I read on this was on Edutopia, but I remember seeing at least another one (being me, I obviously can’t remember where) about how parents should let their children get bored –and how handing them an ipad to keep them occupied is not always the answer.  There was even an article on The Economist about helicopter parents who are…

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