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Writing Your Niche

Think about the last time you stared out a window and daydreamed. It doesn’t have to be a window. You could be staring at anything. The television. A book as you flick through its pages with the appearance of reading, but your mind is actually elsewhere. What was it you were thinking about? What do…

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Love and Road Kill, Available to Read at Mildred.co

Let’s talk about love, baby. Yes, I did just misquote a Salt ‘N’ Pepa song in way of introduction, but I’m assuming their grasp of grammar is so tenuous they won’t notice. More specifically, let’s talk about love’s trials and tribulations. They say its course never runs smooth, but it seems not only is it…

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This is why I try not to go outside.

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Why I Write

I remember when I was in grade 5, and I accompanied my dad to my school’s parent / teacher night. The teacher’s comments went something along the lines of, ‘He’s a bright lad. He just needs to pay attention more and apply himself. He’s quite the class clown. Often daydreaming.’ I turned to my dad…

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Reignite your Inspiration

Every writer has this at least – at the very least – once in their career. If they don’t, they’re one of those writers who never second guess their own work, and probably annually pump out 30 novels for sale on Amazon a year (or should that be anally?). I’m talking about a slump. That…

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4 Tips to Editing your Writing

You’ve finished your story or novel. Congratulations! Now comes half of the hard work, which entails the editing. It’s advised by most everyone that you should get your work edited professionally, which is absolutely true, but for a lot of us that isn’t always financially feasible. We’ve just spent the last few weeks or months…

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Separated – Available at Mildred.co

My new short story, Separated, has been published on Mildred.co.  There was a heatwave many years back, and the days and time moved through molasses. My house, not far from the city, had a study as the front room that I used as an office. The bay window overlooked the street and driveway, which led…

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Googled ‘Quentin Tarantino childhood’. Was not disappointed.

Image source: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/06/03/todays-funniest-photos/17 Share…     

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The Internet is Weird

I’ve decided to start documenting the strange occurrences I come across on the Internet (denoted with the hashtag #theinternetisweird). It will primarily record the odd coincidences / obscurities Google ads or Facebook throw at me while leisurely surfing. The idea came to me last week while I was reading an article about creepy things kids…

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Quote Graphics / Graphic Quotes

I’ve been playing around with images and the programs InDesign and Photoshop, and have decided to start making my own graphic quotes for my writing, in lieu of my thousand-fold fanbase to do it for me (it’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Don’t worry.). Until then, below you’ll find my first experiment with it. I’ve…

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Writing Your Niche

Think about the last time you stared out a window and daydreamed. It doesn’t have to be a window. You could be staring at anything. The television. A book as you flick through its pages with the appearance of reading, but your mind is actually elsewhere. What was it you were thinking about? What do…

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Love and Road Kill, Available to Read at Mildred.co

Let’s talk about love, baby. Yes, I did just misquote a Salt ‘N’ Pepa song in way of introduction, but I’m assuming their grasp of grammar is so tenuous they won’t notice. More specifically, let’s talk about love’s trials and tribulations. They say its course never runs smooth, but it seems not only is it…

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This is why I try not to go outside.

<Image lovingly stolen from I Fucking Love Science> Share…     

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Why I Write

I remember when I was in grade 5, and I accompanied my dad to my school’s parent / teacher night. The teacher’s comments went something along the lines of, ‘He’s a bright lad. He just needs to pay attention more and apply himself. He’s quite the class clown. Often daydreaming.’ I turned to my dad…

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Reignite your Inspiration

Every writer has this at least – at the very least – once in their career. If they don’t, they’re one of those writers who never second guess their own work, and probably annually pump out 30 novels for sale on Amazon a year (or should that be anally?). I’m talking about a slump. That…

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4 Tips to Editing your Writing

You’ve finished your story or novel. Congratulations! Now comes half of the hard work, which entails the editing. It’s advised by most everyone that you should get your work edited professionally, which is absolutely true, but for a lot of us that isn’t always financially feasible. We’ve just spent the last few weeks or months…

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Separated – Available at Mildred.co

My new short story, Separated, has been published on Mildred.co.  There was a heatwave many years back, and the days and time moved through molasses. My house, not far from the city, had a study as the front room that I used as an office. The bay window overlooked the street and driveway, which led…

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Googled ‘Quentin Tarantino childhood’. Was not disappointed.

Image source: http://www.mandatory.com/2014/06/03/todays-funniest-photos/17 Share…     

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The Internet is Weird

I’ve decided to start documenting the strange occurrences I come across on the Internet (denoted with the hashtag #theinternetisweird). It will primarily record the odd coincidences / obscurities Google ads or Facebook throw at me while leisurely surfing. The idea came to me last week while I was reading an article about creepy things kids…

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Quote Graphics / Graphic Quotes

I’ve been playing around with images and the programs InDesign and Photoshop, and have decided to start making my own graphic quotes for my writing, in lieu of my thousand-fold fanbase to do it for me (it’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Don’t worry.). Until then, below you’ll find my first experiment with it. I’ve…

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Writing Your Niche

Think about the last time you stared out a window and daydreamed. It doesn’t have to be a window. You could be staring at anything. The television. A book as you flick through its pages with the appearance of reading, but your mind is actually elsewhere.

What was it you were thinking about? What do you often find your mind returning to? Chances are, what ever it is, that right there is your niche.

I took a course in magazine creation recently. The goal was to create a magazine centred around a particular theme or topic and create 5,000 words of content.

For a time I sat there staring blankly around the room pondering what I’d write about. What was I interested in? Science fiction? I’ve created magazines and websites around that in the past. Movies? Same.

What was there left? What else was I interested in? What would I write about? What would I write? What, what, what… write, write, write… And there it was. Writing.

A magazine on writing. Writing about writing. That was the niche.

From there I began defining who might be interested in reading about writing. Learning about writing. About writing prose. Character development. Plot development. Setting description. The Hero’s Journey… all of that…

Emerging writers.

It all began to roll… I needed a title. Something related to writing. Something that encapsulates what the content will be about.

I’ll be honest here and admit, when I’m searching for a title, my go to place is Google Translate. There, after playing around with a few different titles and translating them into various languages, I stumbled across one I was happy with: a supposedly “dead” language.

Latin.

The title: write

Translation: Scribendum

From a daydreaming session came a niche, and from a niche came an audience, and through a combination of both came the title.

The niche was something I’m drawn to every day. Every session on a computer involves reading about some aspect of writing, whether it’s marketing, creating believable characters, defining a protagonist’s story arc, etc.

My niche was actually something I actively engage in every day. It was staring me right in the face.

Chances are, yours is too.

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Love and Road Kill, Available to Read at Mildred.co

Let’s talk about love, baby. Yes, I did just misquote a Salt ‘N’ Pepa song in way of introduction, but I’m assuming their grasp of grammar is so tenuous they won’t notice. More specifically, let’s talk about love’s trials and tribulations. They say its course never runs smooth, but it seems not only is it…Continue Reading

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Why I Write

I remember when I was in grade 5, and I accompanied my dad to my school’s parent / teacher night. The teacher’s comments went something along the lines of, ‘He’s a bright lad. He just needs to pay attention more and apply himself. He’s quite the class clown. Often daydreaming.’ I turned to my dad…Continue Reading

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Reignite your Inspiration

Every writer has this at least – at the very least – once in their career. If they don’t, they’re one of those writers who never second guess their own work, and probably annually pump out 30 novels for sale on Amazon a year (or should that be anally?). I’m talking about a slump. That…Continue Reading

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4 Tips to Editing your Writing

You’ve finished your story or novel. Congratulations! Now comes half of the hard work, which entails the editing. It’s advised by most everyone that you should get your work edited professionally, which is absolutely true, but for a lot of us that isn’t always financially feasible. We’ve just spent the last few weeks or months…Continue Reading

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Separated – Available at Mildred.co

My new short story, Separated, has been published on Mildred.co.  There was a heatwave many years back, and the days and time moved through molasses. My house, not far from the city, had a study as the front room that I used as an office. The bay window overlooked the street and driveway, which led…Continue Reading

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The Internet is Weird

I’ve decided to start documenting the strange occurrences I come across on the Internet (denoted with the hashtag #theinternetisweird). It will primarily record the odd coincidences / obscurities Google ads or Facebook throw at me while leisurely surfing. The idea came to me last week while I was reading an article about creepy things kids…Continue Reading

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Quote Graphics / Graphic Quotes

I’ve been playing around with images and the programs InDesign and Photoshop, and have decided to start making my own graphic quotes for my writing, in lieu of my thousand-fold fanbase to do it for me (it’s okay. I’ll wait for you. Don’t worry.). Until then, below you’ll find my first experiment with it. I’ve…Continue Reading

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