Saturday, September 5, 2015

BLAZE MCROB SAYS "JUST WRITE" AND HE'S RIGHT!!



Lo and behold, I was wondering what to write in my blog this morning and my sweet Hottie Scottie, Blaze McRob provided me with the answer. 
He wrote this blog on his own page, for which I had additional comments: 

9-5-2015
Do you want to be an author? Just write. Easy peasy. You don't have the time? Horseshit. We all have time. I worked at many jobs at the same time, not having a day off for nine years. I still wrote. I wanted to, so I did it. In twenty something years, I wrote and had some seventy five ghostwritten novels published.

There are many moments you can use as writing time. Get up early and write. Do you work at a desk job? Write at lunch while you're eating. Carry a little notebook or tape recorder and take notes. Put the notes together and you'll have a story. Write at the end of the day when the kids are asleep. I think you can see a pattern here.

Why am I writing this now? Simple. Some folks have been bombarding me about how they want to be a writer but can't find the time. Writing takes no time. If you want to get published and sell some books, that's a different matter. This quickie post is not about that. More to come about that later, as with other articles I have written about it in the past.

It's kind of interesting how this post comes out now over the Labor Day weekend. A lot of folks are at the beach, watching football games, whatever. Hmm. They could grab some writing time. Prioritize. If you don't want to be a writer, then don't write. If you do: write.

If you're still reading my discourse, and you want to be a writer, you're in luck. I'm finished. Time for you to write. I want to see your books bandied about so I can tell the world about them.

** End of Blaze's post.


I immediately thought of the Key to Writing Scene in FindingForrester which is priceless.

This scene epitomizes how I feel about writing.  If you're a writer, you write.  Simple as that.  I never go anywhere without paper and pen.  Period.  Don't even need a computer or typewriter.  Pen and paper.  Simple.  In the house, in the car, on the beach, anywhere.  From the time I was eleven.  No matter what was going on in my life, I wrote.  Because I am and always have been a writer. 

Reasons that people give you for not writing are bullshit.  I got up at 4:30 in the morning when my kids were very little and wrote 6 screenplays that way.  Later when I worked for my husbands plumbing business and still had kids to raise, I stayed up until midnight and one in the morning.  Wrote my first two novels that way.  Then I worked full time after my separation and divorce and wrote my third novel by not flopping on the sofa and watching tv when I got home from work. 

After my car accident and being rendered disabled I began self-publishing my magazine Owl's Eye View online, and last year I self-published my seven novels, three novellas, multiple short story collections, and Best Of collections from the magazine columns on Kindle (some 30 books).  There's time.  Carpe Diem, people.  Or Carpe Noctem.  Just don't carpe bullshit excuses.  Just write!  

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And thus today's blog was born!  Motivated yet? 

TD - 9/5/2015

Saturday, August 15, 2015

GHOSTWRITING - CONTRACTED PLAGIARISM?




Ghostwriting - Contracted Plagiarism? 
A Write Now with Terri DelCampo Blog


I personally know a writer who has contracted to ghost write novels on several occasions in the past.  Harried writers who, for whatever reason couldn't fill their novel writing quota at a given time contracted his words.  And some big names, too.  Big names who, in the name of sickness, or a death in the family, or conflicting schedules, submitted manuscripts that they didn't write.  

Perhaps it's just thoroughly ingrained in me that one does not publish, submit, or claim even a sentence that they didn't write completely themselves.  From the time of my earliest reports done in third and fourth grade, the teachers vehemently enforced the no plagiarism rule and punishments were stiff if they found out that someone swiped a word of someone else's work.  

And they were right to ingrain that respect for others' property into their students. 
But what of ghost writers?  

"Well, they contracted the work out, they were hired to do a job and they did it," you say.  And I guess that's one way to look at it.  

My question is, why would you want to buy someone else's words and ideas and claim them as your own?  And on the other side of that coin, why would you want to let someone else take credit for your ideas?  

There's one example that stands out in my mind, and if this had happened to me it would have eaten me alive, whether I was the writer or the ghostwriter.  

The ghostwriter contracted his manuscript to a popular writer, and it sold well and received critical acclaim.  Not just ordinary good reviews, which to me would have been hard enough to swallow - that some writer was taking credit for and gloating over the reviews he was getting on my ideas, my work - but the book got the Bram Stoker Award that year.  

That to me, is a deal breaker right there.  All bets should be off if a book receives awards.  I can't imagine walking up onto a stage and receiving an award, making an acceptance speech and carting that award home to place it on my mantle knowing full well I didn't do the work to earn it.  Every time I looked at that award, I would feel like a liar; a fraud.  And what's worse, I would know that I was cheating some other writer out of their deserved recognition, that the readers should be following them and not me.  Every compliment, ever clap on the back, every autograph request would ring hollow.  I would feel like a hypocrite.  

And I would be right.  

While everyone must earn a living, sometimes it really isn't, nor should it be, about the money.  If you don't have time to write that second novel this year, then collaborate.  But when it comes time to put a byline on a book, your name should only appear on your work.  

My fourth grade English teacher will back me up on that.  


TD - 8/15/15

Thursday, July 30, 2015

WRITE NOW - YOUR "WRITE NOW" FOLDER

WRITE NOW - YOUR 'WRITE NOW' FOLDER

Double your productivity by organizing multiple projects.

Wearing two writing hats doubled my writing responsibilities.  For the past five years I've written, edited, and published Owl's Eye Magazine, my dark fiction monthly. In April of last year, I began submitting freelance articles to Yahoo Contributors' Network, virtually doubling my project load. (Now I will be writing them as blogs)

Completing 26 writing projects a month is a challenge. Writing and publishing four dark fiction columns and two short stories per month for OEV, and hopefully twenty non-fiction blogs per month, became a project-organizing puzzle (actually, nightmare) for me. 

While I solved my thousand-ideas-waiting-in-queue puzzle with the Writing Prompt Cookie Jar, I had to devise a way to keep the currently-in-progress projects in order. 

I came up with the Write Now folder.  Inside it are seven folders, one for each day of the week.  Inside of each daily folder, is a current OEV project and a current blog project, which I choose on Sunday, my Editor's Day.

Focus on one project folder each day. Every morning I log onto my computer and open that day's folder to immediately focus on the completion of the single project within it.  My day is done when I click "publish" on the blog website, or paste the column or short story into the OEV blank issue.  

In the past month I've almost doubled my productivity, rather painlessly, by volleying between "BLOG WEEK" and "OEV WEEK":

Monday: 
BLOG Week - Disability Challenge Series
OEV Week - Swooping Through the Years column

Tuesday: 
BLOG Week - Write Now Series
OEV Week - Swooping Through the Years column

Wednesday:
BLOG Week - My Feminist Heroes Series
OEV Week - Visceral Verse or Macabre Mirth column

Thursday: 
BLOG Week - General Health/Nutrition article
OEV Week - Short Story #1

Friday:
BLOG Week - Miscellaneous Topic Article
OEV Week - Short Story #2

Saturday:
Journaling / Memoir Blog / Personal Tribute Articles

Sunday: 
Editor's Day - Writing business chores (financial) / Choose and Assign topics to Write Now folders / Edit current issue OEV / Write Life's a Hoot column for OEV (teasers for the issue's stories) / compose OEV and BLOG social page blurbs to post multiple time each day of the week / update "People of Owl's Nest" character lists / update project completion charts / miscellaneous loose ends.  (I'm planning an "Editor's Day" article soon.) 

I modified my Writing Prompt Cookie Jar.  I still write my ideas for stories on slips of paper.  My jar now contains ten envelopes containing idea slips for each day of the OEV or BLOG weeks, and I choose ideas randomly from each envelope on Sunday. 

When I doubled my writing responsibilities, I had to get my act together to meet deadlines, self-imposed or not.  Why?  Because I'm a writer, and that's what writers do. 

They Write Now.