Wednesday, June 13, 2012

The Morning Pages: 06-13-12

Tao te Soul Morning Pages

Writer's Digest - How to Break the Rules: "Realize that great writing starts with an appetite for life. Ideas and real-life experience to inform your writing are everywhere—but the most compelling ones may not be out in the open, plain for anyone to see. So don’t be timid: Say yes to opportunities that come your way—even (especially) the strange ones. Sneak backstage. Do something that makes you nervous. Try stepping outside your comfort zone, and you’ll find that the benefits far outweigh the discomfort of your sweaty palms."

Forbes - How My Book Became a (Self-Published) Best Seller: "I didn’t take the decision to self-publish lightly. In fact, I turned down offers from two big publishers because I wasn’t happy with the money they offered. McGraw-Hill’s offer was missing a zero—and I told them so. One from Bloomberg Press (which published my last book) was more than three times as much, but still pathetically low. We spent three months trying to negotiate a compromise that would give them print rights and allow me to retain electronic rights before the deal fell apart over contract wording. On Halloween of 2008, an auspicious day, I made the decision to self-publish."

Terribleminds - The Indie Writer Rejection Meme: "Sure, somebody rejected Harry Potter. And it’s good they did. Who knows what the book would’ve become under a different editor, different publisher? Oh, that rejection is proof that… humans are imperfect? That they don’t make perfect decisions all the time? Is the system flawed? Um. Duh? Of course it’s flawed. Everything is flawed. Nothing is perfect. No writer, no agent, no editor, no publisher. Could it be better? Sure. But that doesn’t automatically mean skipping the game just because you’re afraid you’ll skin a knee."

Not Writing? There's an App for That!

Red Lemon Club - 7 Things that Will Save Creative Writers: "The current economic climate isn’t particularly rosy when it comes to available work for a large proportion of us creatives. There are many people out there who, for various reasons, still do earn a very good living from creative projects, and many who are doing better now than they ever have in the past. Just like with all industries that get hit by an economic correction, the weak don’t survive and many of the strong remain. A difficult economy coupled with increasing competition over the next few years will pose various threats to creatives, especially independent workers."

Copyblogger - The Difference Between Good and Great Websites: "Scott is a young cartoonist. He creates a comic strip about an engineer creating bizarre inventions. The comic also features a dog as his sidekick. Scott puts the engineer and his dog in all sorts of funny settings and themes. His comic involves everything from social commentary, to political humor, to weird science experiments, to personal life screw ups. Unfortunately for Scott, the comic strip doesn’t do well. In the first year, only a handful of newspapers print his comic. But things change when Scott makes one change. Instead of putting the engineer and his dog in a lot of different types of situations, he starts putting them in only one kind of situation.

Terribleminds - 25 Reasons This Is the Best Time to Be a Storyteller: "For a very long time there existed one door. That door read EMPLOYEES ONLY, and it was locked until you… well, became an employee of someone — perhaps not a literal employee with the badge and the keycard and a Tupperware container of goulash in the fridge, but just the same you were someone who worked for a corporate entity in some fashion. They unlocked that door for you. Ah. But now a second door exists: the Do It Your Own Damnself door. It’s just a hole kicked in the drywall, the door itself fashioned out of whatever scraps lay nearby. On it a placard that reads, in hasty graffiti, INDIVIDUALS ONLY.


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