I’ve been reading a few newsletters and blogs and have come across a few items that I found interesting.
Gingko http://www.gingkoapp.com was posted in David Moldawer’s newsletter. It can be used to plan and outline your next book-particularly a work of nonfiction. It is free to try.
Griefdeck http://www.griefdeck.com for artists is helpful for creative people of all kinds looking for useful prompts.
TapeACall http://www.TapeACall.com for iPhone users. TapeACall Pro can be used to record conversations with your editor and everyone else whose advice you solicit. It’s very user friendly and easy to use the recorder whether you generate the call or are the receiver.
Book Industry Study Group http://www.bisg.org The Book Industry Study Group (BISG) works to create a more informed, empowered and efficient book industry. Our broad membership includes trade, education, professional and scholarly publishers, as well as distributors, wholesalers, retailers, manufacturers, service providers and libraries.
From Florida Writers http://www.floridawriters.blog
What to ask yourself—before you decide:
When you’re ready to carry on and get your creative work out, I think there are only a few questions you need to answer for yourself.
- Have I spent time “re-envisioning” my work so that it feels complete to me? (You’ve not just noodled with the sentences. Real revision.)
- Have I spent time re-envisioning my work so that it feels smooth to me?
- Have I spent time re-envisioning my work so that it feels alive to me?
- Can I tell someone, in one or two sentences, what it’s about?
These are not easy questions to answer. But answer, you must. Complete:have I given my audience as much as is needed to arrive at the heart of my work? Smooth: Have I paved the way to the heart of my work so my audience won’t get lost traveling there? Alive: Have I breathed into my work the emotion necessary so that my audience will be eager to travel there? (Question #4 is self-evident.)
Christina Georgina Rossetti was an English poet who wrote romantic, devotional, and children’s poems. “Goblin Market” and “Remember” remain famous.
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1) Decide what you want to achieve.
2) Try different ways of achieving it until you find one that works for you.
3) Do more of what works. Do less of what doesn’t.
4) Don’t stop doing it until it stops working.