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Tagged with “writing” (6)

  1. Hide and Create: Writing First Drafts

    This week on Hide and Create Joshua Essoe, Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger and Diana Rowland discuss writing first drafts.

    Here is a shocking admission: after I complete an outline, I edit as I write. It works for me, helps me get in the zone to start a writing session by editing what I last wrote. The trick has been to tame that beast of an inclination and keep my forward progression.

    Because this tactic is so filled with pitfalls, I find myself never suggesting it to other writers. It is far too easy to get caught up in the eternal opening; tweaking things, rewriting and working it to death to make it as shiny as possible. I’ve been caught there, I have the MSs to prove it. It does not smell like napalm in the morning. Or maybe it does, depending on what side of that napalm you’re on.

    From inspiration to fin, we’ve all got our own processes. Sharpies, dictation, polishing turds, muscle drafts, butcher paper, discoverers versus outliners — on the battlefield that is the first draft, where do you fall?

    As promised, Diana has graciously given us a sample of one of her first drafts for all our loyal poddies. Enjoy!


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  2. Writing Methods, Environments, and Promotion! Oh My!

    This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland and Joshua Essoe continue the discussion with Moses on previous subjects: writing methods, writing environments, and self-promotion.

    Moses shares some valuable insights on his experience with indie publishing his novel The Black God’s War, and talks about developing the setting for his latest novella “The Children of Wood and Wind”. Diana and Jordan debate how detailed you should make your settings, while Joshua expands on creating the perfect writing environment.

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  3. Settings and More Dirty Little Secrets! Oh My!

    This week on Hide and Create, Moses Siregar, Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland and Joshua Essoe discuss a new take and offer more insight on our previous subjects: writing methods, dirty little writing secrets, writing environments, self-promotion, and settings.

    If you loved our previous shows, you’ll love this one even more because in part one we talk about a couple previous episode topics, allowing Moses to get his two-cents in. Or three or four cents in.

    —Huffduffed by jfritsche

  4. Hide and Create: Moving Into Full-Time Writing

    This week on Hide and Create Jordan Ellinger, Diana Rowland, Joshua Essoe and Moses Siregar discuss how to shift into writing full time.

    In 2010 when I decided to be a full-time editor, I had studied my market for months. I spoke with professionals in that field, I educated myself, I created a business plan, I set goals for my business and then I jumped in head-first. And you know what? It worked.

    You have to be in the right head space to make a career in the creative fields work. You must be willing to treat it like a regular job and be able to mind yourself when you tell yourself to get to work. Self-employment is a completely different mindset and takes a lot of self-motivation.

    Be prepared. Here there be dragons — let us help you keep them all on the page.

    —Huffduffed by jfritsche