Not a Writer, an Entrepreneur​

While most posts on writing focus on the art and craft, this author has chosen to focus on the economic aspects. A good read for anyone trying to sustain themselves financially through writing.

Steven Capps

Starting a business is a major decision. Even if you didn’t think about it, at some point you wrote a book and now want to sell it. You’ve already started down this journey. You ARE an entrepreneur. Unfortunately, according to Forbes only 1 in every 10 businesses will survive. This applies even to the unintentional writer-preneurs; we have a 10% chance at success.

While this doesn’t mean that everyone who fails just vanishes, just that some never earn enough money to be able to make a living from their endeavor. Some writers don’t care about the money, and in a way, I can respect that. For me, writing is my passion. If there is something I can do to help me make a living through my spinning words, I would be an idiot not to try.

The most successful start-ups do not just jump into the market and say, “I’m…

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Never Tell Me the Odds—Getting Your Head Right for Success

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I read a lot of books on business, sales, and success. I love motivational books and yes, even self-help. Why? Because so much of success is mental. Study the sports greats and the practice on the field is only one component of their overall performance. The truly great players spend countless hours getting their head right.

And this makes sense if we think about it. Take a horse for example. No matter how large that beast is, man can control the direction that animal goes with ONE thing…controlling the head. Where the head goes the rest will follow.

So I challenge you with this question each and every day…

Where is Your Head?

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Granted, there are days, I don’t know if I could find my head. I have been down with a really bad cold for a week and I think I finally found my head in the couch cushions…

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TO BOLDLY GO… — Needull in a haystack

Needull in a haystack has a strong nose for interesting articles, but I think this one is particularly useful to writers as another example of different perspectives. Fanfiction offers another window into the stories that capture people’s interest.

Two “Star Trek” plot devices proved a gift for writers struggling to bring their avowedly heterosexual heroes to a mutual understanding. As a half-Vulcan, Spock is able to establish a telepathic link with others simply by touching them (the “mind meld”). In one slash fic after another, some emergency makes it essential that he mind-melds […]

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Discovery Writers and Outliners

The question of whether to outline or improvise a story is an ongoing debate for many writers. I think this post by M.L.S. Weech offers some sound advice for anyone struggling to decide how to write their story.

M.L.S. Weech

I’d lipeople-316506_960_720ke to start this story out by telling you about my senior year in high school.  I promise, this is relevant.  I don’t know about you all, but my algebra class had a rubric which accounted for showing your math.  This infuriated me. I’d get the answer correct, but lose a point because I didn’t demonstrate how I got there.

I didn’t know it then, but this was an early indication of my writing style.  When you get down to it, there are generally two types.   There are discovery writers like me, who think, formulas be damned, here’s the book as I made it up.

Then there are outliners.  These are the people who toil and stress over each plot line and scene.

A few of those big names out there have different terms, but they all mean the same thing.

But wait!  Matt, you said you…

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