I can understand not backing up your work if you write your first draft longhand. Many writers do. Once in the digital realm, however, backup is a necessity.
Last Thursday’s post was about registering copyright, which I feel is a must for every published work. Is there any other forms of protection?
It’s a common fear among beginning writers that our work will be stolen if we place it online. So are there any safeguards I can take to protect myself?
I recently wrote about writing what you know, but the stories I want tell often lead me down unfamiliar paths.
I remember looking out my my window into the backyard and saying “It’s now or never.”
Every writer has been told at least once in their lives to “write what you know”. I hate this piece of advice, mainly because it’s misunderstood.
When I write screenplays, my mantra, borrowed from Scott Myers at Go Into The Story, is “Watch movies. Read scripts. Write pages.” What about adapting that to writing books?
How many writers out there work best in coffee shops? I’m guessing there are many of you that swear by it. It’s a great place to observe the people going about their daily lives. But how safe are you?
It’s true. Ideas are everywhere. Some are better and more compelling than others. The trick, and the skill, I think, is deciding which one to spend six months to a year of your life on. That’s why outlines are so important. But I digress…
Part of self-promotion is engaging with social media, using platforms like WordPress, Facebook, Twitter and others. I use some and I’ll admit that sometimes it’s difficult to keep up with it all.