Monthly Archives: November 2011

A New Business Plan: Part 6—Sorting Your Categories

At this point you might be wondering how these myriad pieces could possibly fit into a single, cohesive business plan.  You started by analyzing your situation.  Then, I told you to diversify.  Then, I told you to set some goals … Continue reading

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A New Business Plan: Part 5—Weaving a Web

Generally, writing isn’t something you start by drawing up a business plan.  Chances are you’ve already been writing.  You’ve found a form that you enjoy.  You’ve experimented with some things that didn’t work out.  You’ve thought about some other things … Continue reading

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A New Business Plan: Part 4—Backwards Planning

Start with one goal.  Make it a big one.  Maybe you want to write a book.  Maybe you want to write a novel.  But more than just wanting to write a book, you want the book to sell.  This is … Continue reading

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A New Business Plan: Part 3—Setting Goals

In order to produce a worthwhile business plan, you need to establish goals.  Use your situation analysis to find the convergence between what you want and what the market will bear in order to determine what your goals could be. … Continue reading

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A New Business Plan: Part 2—Diversification

(Start with Part 1) Oftentimes writers get into the business because they want to do one thing: they want to be journalists, they want to be authors, they want to be novelists, or they want to be poets.  There’s absolutely … Continue reading

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A New Business Plan: Part 1—Analysis

I’m in the process of winding down my copywriting and resume writing business (though I will continue to provide services to past clients upon request).  I’m also refining my new business plan, which will focus almost exclusively on publishing fiction … Continue reading

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Moonbow

The moon ignites the clouds with a sherbet gleam. Hope fills the sky’s white-studded darkness. A fluffy fringe glowing its steadfast homily.

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Review: The Ifs of Time

The Ifs of Time is a short story written by James Stoddard.  This story was published in the March/April edition of Fantasy & ScienceFiction. This is the kind of short story that makes me wonder if I get short fiction at … Continue reading

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Characters and Settings – Outlining: Stage 8 (Final Stage)

Some people may think I’m too particular, but I prefer consistency in my fiction.  If a writer describes a character as being one way, then describes the character as being a different way—without somehow showing or explaining the change—I’m knocked … Continue reading

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