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How the Writer Survives

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So it’s your dream to write novels? Be a freelance writer and make a living off of your articles? Or maybe you nurture an ambition to write and sell enough short fiction to put bread on the table, like those writers of the golden age of the pulps?

Well, those are all noble dreams to have.
I’m smitten by the writer’s glamour myself.

Also I’m grateful for the others who were, those authors whom I love to read and return to time and again. I’m grateful that they possessed not only their artistic vision, but also the sheer stubbornness and will to persevere and see their dreams become reality.

So we’ve settled on the fact that we want to be writers, and that no other dream will do. Now let’s take a look at what this is likely to mean in terms of the sacrifices we’ll have to make along the way.
1. Misunderstanding.
Make no doubts about it – even those closest to us may not understand or even sympathize with our dream. Young authors still in school or living at home should prepare themselv…

Finding Your True Voice

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There's a prevailing sense in the world of writing that everything has already been said. Truly, it has. The human race has always experienced birth, the triumphs and tragedies of life in a transitory world, and death; and mankind has written of these experiences for as long as there has been the written word. The themes are universal. Comparative mythology has demonstrated that they've cropped up, throughout history, within all cultures around the globe.

But look around at our own culture in this day and age. There has never been a human situation to replicate this one, not since the dawn of time. And our age needs the nourishment of stories as much as any other that has been or is yet to be. What I'm describing here is the artist's imperative to capture the spirit of the moment, to clothe something universal to human experience in a form that's relevant to people in the modern day.

Find your own voice. There has never been - nor will there ever be - another pers…

Are You Achieving Your Writing Goals?

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At the start of this new year, like at the start of every other new year, I came across dozens of articles about the importance of setting achievable goals, challenging myself to do new things and fixing measurable standards and working towards them.
But what happens when you mess up the goals from last year? Where’s the real advice about missed deadlines and lost goals that all but kill the inspiration to come up with new ones? I didn’t achieve three out of the ten goals I had set for myself last year, even though I was obsessive-compulsive about looking at them each day and measuring my performance regularly. I’m tempted to say that life got in the way or blame the shift in priorities that happened mid-year. But these are things that can and will happen each year. Instead of putting your life on hold the year when the strains and stresses get too much, plan your goals accordingly right at the beginning.
If you didn’t meet some of your goals last year, here are some questions that y…

It Was Good Enough For Shakespeare

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One of the core conflicts for creative artists of all kinds is the tug-of-war between art and commerce. Frankly, an artist needs to make money, and it is preferable to make it from his craft.
A writer who must work a full-time job to support himself will struggle to find the time to work, and often eventually gives it up altogether. On the other hand, being able to write on any project at all can polish valuable skills, and teach one the rules of the publishing industry.
On the other hand, I’ve met writers who were clearly working on projects, or toiling away at a career, that was burning out their souls. I remember meeting one such writer. His business card read “freelance hack and literary mechanic.” Sadly, but not entirely unexpectedly, he was dead of alcoholism within a year.

Let’s get something straight: Shakespeare wrote for money. One can keep a careful eye on the bank account, and still reach the heights of craft. But again, how?
In my own case, the answer is fairly simple. E…

Mission Possible: Get Published with Goals, Guidance and Persistance

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You send me an e-mail. You tell me you’ve written over three hundred poems since you were 16  (in your teenage angst stage). You mention the novel you’ve completed and it’s really good (it really is!!!), and the novel-in-progress. You mention how the International Library of Poetry has published one of your poems. (But, whom haven’t they published?)
However, all your work is stored away, hidden from the public eye on a black little disk.
You have one mission: Getting published.
“How do I get published?” you finally question at the end of the e-mail.
At times, I ask myself the same question.
Is this mission impossible? To many, it seems that way.  If you stick with me, I’ll make the publishing process slightly simpler.
On this mission, you’ll need three things:  Goals, Guidance, and Persistence.
An unmentioned New York City college (as well as other schools, I’m sure) offered a course on “How to Get Published”. Various bigwigs from major publishing houses in New York City were guest …

One Author’s Solution For Publishing Creative Writing Output

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It has never been easy to have your creative writing output accepted by traditional publishing houses.

Witness these famous masters of fiction who were all obliged to take the route of shelling out hard cash to have their debut novels printed.
Alexandre Dumas
D.H. Lawrence
Edgar Allan Poe
Edgar Rice Burroughs
George Bernard Shaw
Gertrude Stein
James Joyce
John Grisham
Mark Twain
Mary Baker Eddy
Rudyard Kipling
Stephen Crane
Upton Sinclair
Virginia Woolf
Walt Whitman
William Blake
Zane Grey

John Grisham, incidentally, sold copies of his first novel “A Time to Kill” out of the boot of a car which at the outset was his sole 'vehicle' for distribution…
And it is getting tougher all the time – even for established authors.
It can be doubly frustrating when you’ve written something that you are desperate to see in print; something you want other people to read.
There is always recourse to the expensive vanity publishing houses but I wouldn’t take that route come what may.

Would you…

Imagine If Yoda Were Your Writing Coach

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Writers live a solitary life. That’s a fact. You spend hours planning, writing, rewriting and editing your masterpieces, only to have them rejected by every agent or publisher you have the courage to show them to.

So wouldn’t it be fabulous to have an on-call writing mentor, a wise and experienced coach to guide you through your writer’s journey?

Well, you have! Here, captured in the timeless wisdom of one of the greatest mentors in storytelling history, the great Jedi Master, Yoda, are 10 simple tips guaranteed to transform you into a Jedi Knight of the Write!

“You must unlearn what you have learned.”

When commencing anything new, you need to arrive at the front door with an open mind and your judgment suspended. Most importantly, leave any old training and ingrained ideas about the topic you are learning, well and truly outside that door. Writing is absolutely no exception to this rule. I have found it much easier to teach complete novices, and those with open minds, than trained j…

A Few Keys to Writing Effective Dialogue

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Every writer expends a great deal of creative energy developing a story line and limning well-balanced prose with evocative sentences. That's what writing is all about, after all. But fiction writers have an additional aspect to creation--effective dialogue. Very few stories, novellas or novels are without dialogue, and for some writers, this can be a stumbling block.

Listen to How People Talk

If you listen carefully to how people speak, you'll notice that people tend to use shorter sentences in times of high emotion: anger, surprise, awe. "I can't take this! Get out!" versus "I find this situation intolerable. I want you to leave right now." They ramble a bit when they're nervous or confused. "I know this isn't what you wanted, but I wasn't sure which way to make the diagram fit best on the page so I brought both copies with me. I hope you don't mind." Young children tend to get pronouns confused or leave out articles: "…

10 Secrets For Everyday Writing Success

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During my 10-year career in a variety of professional positions in both the private and public sectors I have written literally hundreds of letters, memos and reports. If I had to boil–down everything I’ve learned about practical day-to-day writing for both personal and business purposes into 10 key points, this would be my “Top 10 List".

1.Preparation Is the Key Do all of your research first, before you start to write. Even a letter normally requires some minor research such as making some phone calls or reviewing a file. It’s also very important to prepare yourself mentally before writing. So, don’t sit down to write too soon. Mull it over for a while, sometimes a day or two, sometimes an hour or two, depending on the complexity of the job at hand. It’s amazing how the sub-conscious mind will work on the problem “behind the scenes” and when you finally do start writing, it will flow.
2.Always Use a Sample For me, this is critical. No matter what I write, it helps tremendously …

Your Writers Voice is Inside You

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You literally must pour yourself into your writing.  That isn't as much a cliche as you may have thought.

Why do you write?
I write to change my world by revising it and giving it a happy ending.   I think most write fiction to create new realities and new ways of expressing ourselves.   It gives us the power to fix anything we don't like in the real world.  We write to escape,  and to escape we must enter the world of fiction fully.

Who do you become when you write?  
First, you become vulnerable.    You must become the characters, all of them -- even the bad guys.   For the characters to be compelling I believe they must contain some real part of the writer's personality.   You have all the voices inside you waiting to come out; they only need the right character.   Let them each speak for themselves, individually, to bring them to life.   You literally must pour yourself into your writing.  That isn't as much a cliche as you may have thought.

Have you ever found …

Five How To's For Those Who Dream Of Becoming A Writer

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I am often asked what it takes to become a writer or "How can I do what you do?" The answer is not complicated. Anyone can write. Even if you were never a contestant for your eighth grade spelling bee, there is spell check. It is a marvelous invention. All of us have access to a dictionary, a thesaurus and a myriad of books and articles on how to write. The following are some tips to get you started. Pay attention to what you tell yourself, in your sleep. I often think that I have written a bestseller, on the nights, when I do not get up and write down my thoughts. I keep a pad of paper by my bed. When I get that eureka moment, in my sleep, I get up and jot it down. Some nights, I go right back to sleep. Other nights, I can’t wait to put my thoughts on paper and am off and running. The early riser gets the article written. I am often awake before anyone else in my household. In the quiet of the early morning, ideas for articles or often the entire article, will come to me. …

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The Ripley Scroll (1741) | Gottfried Hensel

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Alchemy: An Alchemy artwork.

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Manual de hechicería oculta: hallazgo del dominio público - Aleph

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Fighting knight puppets, in Hortus Deliciarum, end 12th c.              [source]

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Spirits of Lavender / Sacred Geometry

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[UNRELEASED] FACE OF THE DEEP (ORIGINAL) BY KHALIL-GHIBRAN

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FACE OF THE DEEP (ORIGINAL)

When I was a boy
She sat me beside her
And explained the art
Always in twisted terms
Tales of olive trees
That sprouted in days
Branches silver decked
Grass laden with gems
When the sun never sets
Or the tale of black crystals
Which grew above ground
In great big pastures
A nearby flowing spring
Full with crawling coral
Storms that never cease
Glorious green stone
A bottomless ocean

[UNRELEASED] WALKING THROUGH PARADISE BY KHALIL-GHIBRAN

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WALKING THROUGH PARADISE

Walking through paradise
Open roads of silver
Stretch down the distance
Cloth of the tables old
Places of refined stone
Trees that do not leave
Green grows to the sky
The cities are firm
Jungles thick and live
Streams growing longer
The cliffs sleep well
The seas forgiving

TRADE SECRET IV BY KHALIL-GHIBRAN FROM META-THEATER

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TRADE SECRET IV

Multiplication of the tincture in the fire
marks the end of your trial. Now is time for
building lodges for the poor and desolate,
comforting the sick, caring for orphans
and many other duties which accompany
such a great gift from God. In your right hand is great fortune and in your left is long life.
This is the end of the fourth receipt.