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New Interview

I just did an interview for a wonderful blog from across the pond. You can read it here, http://www.danielcann.com/index.php/blog/master-of-oblivion.

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Teaser

Just a teaser snip-it of things to come. I have been coerced into co-writing a sci-fi comedy musical about the end of the world. I have been working on it for a few months, but have remained silent. Until now. It seems the project is well on its way to being funded. If things continue to move forward with the money, it may very well be a live production in Las Vegas, Nevada USA come late summer / fall of 2012. I will keep you informed.

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Not doing my best.

So, when I finally got a message from Alive not Dead saying it had been 500 days since my last update, I realized I was probably not doing my best for this website. As my books are coming out in the Asian markets, supposedly in Japanese, Mandarin, and Korean, it would probably be good if I did a better job of posting things here.So, I am making a commitment to start working on that. Please check back for regular updates.Thanks,

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Hemingway

Hemingway said his best work was a 6 word short story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /

 

It is amazing how so few words can reach so deeply into the human soul.

 

I decided to try my hand... yet I am no Hemingway, so be warned...

 

“I devoured power, starved on loneliness.”

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MAD’s sixth writing rule – Adverbs, Adverbs, Everywhere

So, most people know what an adverb is. They are words that modify other words.

 

They can modify a verb – She walked to the door . (How did she walk to the door?)

They can modify an adverb – She walked slowly down the hall. (How slowly did she walk?)

They can modify an adjective – She rode a fast horse. (How fast was her horse?)

 

Basically, adverbs tell when, where and why something is happening.

 

The most common ones are what we in ...Read more

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MAD’s fifth rule of writing – Show don’t Tell

So, meat and potatoes – meat and potatoes. The wait is over. Let’s get down to brass tacks. (I am sure if I work at it I could come up with a few more cliché’s.)

 

If you have been keeping score you will remember that the biggest reason why manuscrīpts are rejected by the industry is that they just are not publishable by the standards of today. But what are those standards?

 

If you have done even a small amount of homework, you have no doubt been given a laundry list of writing ru...Read more

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MAD’s fourth rule of writing – Class is in Session

So, great, write every day, be confident that I can become published and be confident that my story is one that will entertain others. So…?

 

Still don’t know where to start, huh?

 

Well, I am assuming that that is why you are here. Reading anything and everything you can get your hands on that may help you cut through all the malarkey that you have heard about what the correct way to write is and how if you do it that other way you will never get published.

 

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MAD’s third rule of writing – Write with Confidence (Part II)

So write every day with the confidence that you can get published if you just learn the craft well enough. Great. But that is not all the confidence that you need.

 

The second utilization of this word is writing with the confidence that people will like what you are writing.

 

You must believe in your story. If you do not, no one else will.

 

Mull the story over in your mind. Draw it out in diagram form on a dry erase board. Talk it through with any...Read more

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MAD’s second rule of writing – Write with Confidence (Part I)

Other than not having time – family, job, spouse, friends, hobbies, etc., all take time away from being able to write – the second largest hurdle for a writer to overcome is confidence.

 

And, I am speaking of two distinctly different utilizations of this word.

 

The first is the confidence that you will ever become published. The second is writing with the confidence that you are doing so in a manner that will lend itself to becoming published.

 

I ...Read more

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Book Three of the Genesis of Oblivion Saga is scheduled for release late April or May of 2012. It is now on Pre-Order at http://www.shop.imaginedinterprises.com

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August 27, 2009