You’re effective when you do the right things and you’re efficient when you do the things right.
~JASON GREENE, author of Productivity: The Only 7 Tips You Need To Rapidly Increase Your Productivity(Double, Triple)
We can tell a lot about people by the way they speak. What people say or don’t say speaks volumes. As the writer, it is our job to understand our characters and to know who they are and how they think. We have to master the art of empathy.
What’s the writer’s tool that elevates a work from story to art form? Imagery, of course. It’s about so much more than mere devices. Imagery is the effortless nuance woven into a story, though it takes time to hand-craft into seamless perfection.
When Isaac Newton first came up with the theory of gravity, he presented what seemed like a simple problem. If you have three bodies orbiting around each another, how do you come up with an equation that describes how they move?
I rarely read an entire series. I’ve started countless first books in a series but never gone on to read the books that follow. Even with popular and exciting series, I usually have a hard time reading beyond the first book or two.
Am I a wordsmith? Or am I a storysmith? A great partnership is a wordsmith and a storysmith. Even better is to be both yourself.
Heather Hale is an independent Film and Television Writer, Producer and Director, approved for NBC Universal’s special development fund managed by IFTA (the host of the AFM).
In the introduction, I mention the expansion of indie authors into the print book market withJamie McGuire getting her Createspace book into Walmart. I also talk about the beginning of my co-authoring experience with J Thorn, as well as my lessons learned from 4 years as a full-time author entrepreneur.
If the idea of self-promotion online seems daunting, not to fear, self-promotion doesn’t have to be time-consuming or confusing. To help get you started, we’re sharing some of the most effective yet simple ways to start marketing yourself.
The following is an account of a true but unusual experience (I’m not a doctor and I’m only telling my story, to the best of my understanding).
Let’s Be Less Stupid: An Attempt to Maintain My Mental Faculties
Did Thomas Pynchon publish a novel under the pseudonym Adrian Jones Pearson?
Is it good for engineers and scientists to have artistic pursuits? Surely they and the world would be better off if neuroscientists focused more on neuroscience, not hooking up an EEG to a music visualizer? Is there any point in a quantum physicist writing operas?
If you are looking for ways to simplify your life, increase your productivity, and make a larger impact on the world around you, I suggest you study the life and work of Ben Franklin, the most influential American of the Revolutionary days.
Show me your bookcase, the ideas that you’ve collected one by one over the years, the changes you’ve made in the way you see the world. Not your browser history, but the books you were willing to buy and hold and read and store and share.