Category Archives: Going Pro

Questions 284: More Thoughts on Exclusivity

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“What are your thoughts on my KDP Select strategy? How does exclusivity work in a good business strategy?”

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Questions 283: All About Pulp

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Charles asks:
“What’s the big deal about pulp? What did the pulp writers do right? What did they do wrong? What can we learn?”

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Resources:
The Rocketeer
The Knife Slipped by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Case of the Backward Mule by Earl Stanley Gardner
The Pulp Jungle The Definitive History of the Pulp Era
The Invaders Plan by L. Ron Hubbard
The Robert Silverberg Science Fiction Megapack
Doc Savage: The Sinster Shadow by Kenneth Robeson (Lester Dent)
The Girl With the Deep Blue Eyes by Lawrence Block
The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
The Way of Kings by Brandon Sanderson
Alaska by James Michner
Exodus by Leon Uris

Deep Characterization 4: Authority Styles

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Today, I continue our series on deep characterization by exploring how a character’s relationship to hierarchy effects the way that character expresses, develops, and interacts with characters with other orientations.

Questions 279: Save the Darlings!!!

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Chris asks:
“If storytelling is a gut instinct, should we still kill our darlings?”

Resources mentioned:
Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand
The Republic by Plato
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
Crewel Lye: A Caustic Yarn by Piers Anthony
Very Bad Deaths by Spider Robinson
The Resurrection Junket by J. Daniel Sawyer

Questions 273: Plotting at Pulp Speed

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Caine asks:
“Without rewriting, how do pulp writers plot?”

Resources mentioned:
Dune by Frank Herbert
Under the Dome by Stephen King
Farenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury

Questions 270: Getting Characters to Speak to You

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Dan Dan the Art Man asks:
“How can you create characters that feel so real to you that your characters tell you where the story should go?”

Resources mentioned:
Writing the Blockbuster Novel by Albert Zuckerman
Writing to Sell by Scott Merideth

Questions 249: Contracts, Republishing, and Expanding

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Cain asks:
“What are the general dos and don’ts of republishing work that’s already appeared in anthologies?”

Resources mentioned:
The Copyright Handbook by Stephen Fishman
Some Might Call It Infringement
Chicken Noodle Gravity by J. Daniel Sawyer
Cold Duty by J. Daniel Sawyer
The Man In The Rain by J. Daniel Sawyer
The History of Middle Earth by JRR Tolkien