Tag: research

Career, Writing

How to Fail as a Writer. Guaranteed.

How to fail as a writer

People often ask me how to succeed as a writer. That’s actually a difficult question to answer because the road to “success” tends to be different for everyone. Plus, success is defined differently by different people. However, it is easier to answer this question: How do I fail as a writer? While it might seem …

Non-Fiction, Novel Writing, Writing

Research First, or As You Go Along?

Researching books

Whether you write non-fiction or fiction, research is (or it had better be) a part of your process. Even if you’re “writing what you know,” you still need to supplement your knowledge with that of others. (Unless you are the foremost expert in your field, then I guess you can go ahead without any research.) …

Novel Writing, Writing

Watch Your Technology Chronology!

Chronology

I just finished an interesting book called Marlena. It was a good story about a woman in her 30’s who looks back on events of her fifteenth year. It’s typical coming of age stuff: Girl meets friend who’s on a different level socially, they become best friends in spite of the differences, girl experiments with a …

Play, Writing

Turning Research Into Play

Research play

When you say the word “Research” to many writers (particularly writers of fiction), you’ll get a moan or an eye roll. For many, research is the least pleasant part of writing. Many writers would rather get on to the fun stuff of stringing words together and creating worlds than dwell on pesky things like geography, …

Freelancing, Non-Fiction, Novel Writing, Writing

The Joys and Sorrows of Writing Everything

Pencil

I’ve been writing in one form or another my entire working life and there’s very little that I haven’t tried. First, it was marketing materials and grants. Then I transitioned into technical and corporate writing. I’ve written for blogs and online magazines, written evergreen content for websites, articles for newspapers and academic journals, textbooks, and …