“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.” – Chuck Palahniuk
Sometimes, when I’m alone, I ask myself all sorts of questions. Am I building something now? Am I the person I’ve always wanted to be? If not, am I becoming that person or did I get lost on the way? Are my dreams coming true? You know, the type of questions one does not like to ask. But I keep asking them, I keep trying to find answers. Continue reading
During this month’s sale there are also a couple of advertising options. Given the nature of this blog, they’re mostly aimed at indie artists, but anyone is welcome to advertise something they feel readers of this blog would benefit from.
That being said, there are four advertising options available:
Post Sponsor – $25 (regular price $50, ) – basically this means that you offer to sponsor a certain post of mine. In return, you’ll get mentioned at the end of the post, with a short description of your website (or the website of your choosing). You can see such a post here.
Sponsored Post (5 spots left) - 50$ (regular price $100) - I will write a blog post about your blog, or review one of your books, or interview you about your art. That’s right, this post is restricted to art related blogs/websites. You choose how you want the blog post to be, and what you want to contain. Also, the post will be kept “sticky” at the top of my website for an entire week.
No matter how you buy ad space, the following thing will happen: you’ll receive an e-mail from me within 24 hours of purchase, asking you for info on what you want advertised and stuff like that. And we’ll work from there.
This is something Jonathan Fisher says in The Writer. In certain ways, this particular statement holds a lot of truth. You have to take a step back, see things for what they are, and then write about them. You have to become an observer, you have to put your life on hold. You have to spend a lot of time inside your head, a lot of time all by yourself, in your living room, scribbling down one word after another. Continue reading
“Everybody is talented because everybody who is human has something to express.” - Brenda Ueland
First, I’d like to say that I don’t believe in talent as an innate ability to do something. Whether we’re talking about art, sports, or anything else. Talent is skill acquired over a certain period of time, and a certain individual’s talent depends on a lot of factors, both internal and external. Continue reading
“What is the issue that is eating you up? What is the personal fear that you can’t resolve and you can’t tolerate? Are you getting old with fucking NOTHING to show for it? Then, write Invisible Monsters. Are you worried that your brain or talent isn’t capable of creating anything interesting or unique, and you’ll die and rot and be forgotten – failing everyone you love? Well, then write Diary. My point is, use the story to explore and exhaust an issue of your own. Otherwise, you’re just dicking around, playing “let’s pretend.” If you can be ruthless and honest about your own fear, you express something that other people can’t express. You can resolve your own anxiety – through research, discussion, experiment – and that freedom is what brings you back to writing.
What could you never talk about in a million years? Then, write about that.” – Chuck Palahniuk Continue reading
After the campaign that was raising the funds needed to release Happiness failed to reach its goal, I asked myself this question. What’s next? What now? How am I going to get this book released? How am I going to get it edited? How am I going to advertise it?
More than that, I asked myself what was going to happen with my career as a writer. I blamed myself for the outcome of the campaign, for my inability to attract contributions. I had failed, and even though I thought about this possibility, and I always take failure into consideration, it’s always difficult to accept it. Continue reading
I believe that right now there are more artists on this Planet, more writers choosing to self-publish or just posting their stories on blogs, more painters selling prints and original artwork on deviantart, etsy, and the likes, more sculptors, more singers and aspiring movie makers trying to get more subscribers on YouTube than ever before. Continue reading
It doesn’t matter if you plan on self-publishing your story, or you want to find an agent, or you just want to print it out and put it under your pillow, your story is ready when you feel there’s nothing more to add, nothing more to cut, nothing more to tweak. If you can read your entire manuscript without wanting to make a single change, then you’re good to go – it’s the best you could do at the time. Maybe a break is good, maybe it’s not. All I know is that I edit and re-write and tweak my stories until I just want to get them published and never have to read them again. Continue reading
Writing is a simple process, only people make it seem terrifying.
Because it’s NaNoWRiMo season, I thought that it would be cool to write a few posts about the writing process. Today… outlining.
A lot of writers choose to plan and outline their novels before they even start writing the first chapter. Some might draw maps, cover an entire wall with sticky notes, while others might even draw scenes and characters. Continue reading