Writer’s Block

I deal with writer’s block in a couple of ways. I often am working on multiple books or stories, so if I’m having writer’s block with the current project, I just turn to one of my other books. Sometimes I just need a break to “miss” my characters. My second technique is the strangest. I will take a break from writing and then as I’m going through the day, I imagine what my character’s response would be to the tasks I’m accomplishing. For example, in my recent novella, Gods Behaving Badly, my character Cate is very socially stunted and pithy. I will try to imagine how that character would react to having to clean the house (she’s a hoarder, so you can imagine) or how she might react to a tuna salad for lunch (she loves it!) Weird, but it definitely works for me!

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The case for self publishing . . . — FineWriting

I’m particularly interested in authors who self-publish. Self-publishing represents a healthy move away from expensive publishing houses and literary services that require an author take an advance on speculative, future profits in order to publish. Publishing houses are in a much better position to eat those costs and they have assumed the risk when they take on new […]

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Why I ghostwrite

Someone asked me recently why I ghostwrite instead of writing exclusively for myself. It was the first time I had ever really been asked the question and I was surprised I had to think about how to answer.

Besides the obvious–it helps to pay the bills–I enjoy writing! Even if I’m not doing it for myself, I still find the process quite satisfying. I’m also always interested in other people’s ideas and love being able to take their ideas and bring them to life.

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There are two types of ghostwriting scenarios.  In the first, the client provides the research and the outline and I write the story. In the second, the client has a basic idea, and I have to do the research and come up with the plot.  I find the latter most satisfying because of the creative freedom, which can be really important when writing a 50k word count story!

As a ghostwriter, I’ve written stories I didn’t love, but the clients loved. And, I’ve written stories that were some of my best work so far.  These are some of the drawbacks to being a ghostwriter–I have to infuse passion into every story even if I don’t love it as much as the client, and I sometimes write stories for which I wish I could receive author credit.

At the end of the day, the positives outweigh the negatives, in my opinion. Ghostwriting can provide a steady income and someone else has to worry about promoting the book!

Check out this article from a few years back on the subject. Everything in this article still rings true!

 

 

 

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