Saturday, 1 May 2021

Using Wabi-Sabi To Write and Earn Money

 Wabi-Sabi is a Japanese expression meaning to appreciate imperfections and the character that ageing can bring to something,  such as a crack in a plate, a chipped cup, or wrinkles on skin.

In Western society there is an appetite for the perfect and the eternal. Yet it is better to have an appreciation of simple things, not elaborate things.

Wabi-Sabi is the beauty of the imperfect, the impermanent, the rustic, and the melancholy. It’s a respect for what is fragile, slightly broken, past, and modest.

And you can use Wabi-Sabi in your writing too, so that you don’t have to struggle to make your writing perfect, elaborate or eternal.

Just write what you can with the talent and the knowledge that you have up until now.

You can learn as you go along, as long as you just keep writing.

And the more you write, the more you can earn. That’s the first thing I learned about being a writer and I’ve never forgotten it. 

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Friday, 30 April 2021

Does Outlining Kill Creativity?

There’s always been an ongoing debate amongst writers about whether or not outlines help or hinder creativity.

Some writers are known as “pantsers” because they never outline and so write by the seat of their pants. They don’t even know what the ending of their book is going to be until they write it.

Others only know the characters they want to write about and will outline their whole life history and then write a story around their personalities.

Still others only have a brief idea about the beginning, middle and end of their story and just wing it as they write.

There are also some who write out a one (or several) page synopsis and go from there while others have a detailed chapter-by-chapter outline to work from.

Personally, I need to know what I’m doing and if I don’t know the ending then I don’t know how to get there, so I do like to follow an outline because I find it easier to write that way, but I always reserve the right to make as many changes to it that I need to as my story progresses.

So does outlining kill creativity?

IMHO I think that it only kills creativity if you stick to it too rigidly.

But everyone is different so we all have to try it and see what works best for us.

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A Writing Lesson From a Priest In Poverty

One of the TV shows I love to watch is Law and Order SVU. I have 21 seasons on discs and I watch them all the time (as well as other shows too).

And the other day I was watching an episode in which the detectives suspected a young Catholic Priest of committing a crime, a murder that happened in his church. He hadn’t done it, but couldn’t tell them who had without breaking the secrecy of the confessional.

But the storyline wasn’t what interested me, and instead, I was fascinated with how the priest lived and worked.

He lived in a tiny apartment and owned almost no furniture or other personal items, not even a TV, and even what little he did own was old and looked years old.

The detectives were stunned that anyone could live in such poverty and own so few possessions but the priest explained that he took his vow of poverty seriously. Clearly, he also took all his other vows seriously too because whenever the detectives showed up the priest was busy writing sermons, scrubbing the church floor, cleaning the pews, or visiting parishioners. He seemed to do nothing but work and said that he loved it so much that he didn’t need anything else.

And it got me thinking about writers and how all the successful ones are hard workers who love what they do and are always writing or plotting their next book or setting up another money-making website.

This is why I recently sold my house and moved to a small apartment at the coast so that I could spend less time on things that don’t matter (lawn mowing, house maintenance, etc) and more time on writing and other things I enjoy (and I love the fresh sea air too).

How about you?

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Friday, 23 April 2021

A List of Writing Inspiration and Writing Markets


I hope you're having a productive writing week.

Below I've gathered a list of writing articles to help inspire you and keep you writing and earning more, and a few freelance writing markets.

Enjoy. :)

How to Create the Mental Space to Write

Elements of Suspense: How Mystery and Thriller Writers Grip Readers

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How To Make Money Freelance Writing: Websites That Pay Writers $50+

Publish  a Book With Trigger
We look for books that offer help or advice to our readers, with a focus on mental wellbeing, and Mind, Body, Spirit. 
Submit synopsis plus the first 2 chapters of a 40,000-word manuscript.

Writers Call for Submissions: True Crime/Nonfiction
Nonfiction, true crime accounts featuring lawbreaking couples who have joined forces to commit crime.
Word count: 4,000-7,000 words
One-time payment per story: USD $130, and 2 print copies of the book.
Deadline for submissions: June 1, 2021

Call for submissions for 'Escapism' issue: Moonflake Press
This can be escaping worlds, cities, identities or however else you interpret it.
Minimum 100 words
Maximum 2500 words
Deadline: 1st September 2021
Payment: £25

Classic Monsters Unleashed anthology: Crystal Lake Publishing
 We’re looking for dark, scary stories featuring a classic monster or monsters (think famous creatures from pre-1960 horror movies).
Length: 1500 to 5000 words
Submission Period: April 8 to May 30, 2021
Payment: 6 cents a word