Jim Ward Part III or is it IV?

More great words of wisdom from one of my biggest writing influences…. Mr Jim Ward.

Getting the Work
I do the same things all the time as I work on projects. Maybe some of this information will be useful to others.
1 — try hard to bring projects ahead of the deadline. Troy Denning used to say that a deadline was something where you were dead if you crossed that line. I know I have gotten work in the past because I try very hard not to be late on things.
2 — Outline
I’m a great one for being focused. I outline every project I work on. I always change that outline as I work, but I always have one.
3 – Spell check, spell check, spell check
As I begun my writing career I was a terrible speller and there wasn’t a spell check program. I can remember Anne Brown saying she cried as she worked on my files because I spelled so bad. I’ve worked hard on that. Turning over projects with even a few spelling errors is a terrible idea.
4 — Know the companies you work for. I study the products of the companies I work for. I study their websites. I make suggestions on products unique to them.
5 — Know your competition. When I worked for TSR years ago I read all of the competition’s materials. Even now, I read what other companies produce and I try to beat it with my work.
6 — Try new things. I try to put unique concepts into all of my projects. When I wrote, with Anne Brown, the Storyteller’s Thesaurus we wrote that book with an entirely new way to work a thesaurus.
7 — Read a lot
I read short stories and novels every day. It gives me great new ideas.
8 — Write every day. Saturdays and Sundays are just normal work days to me. Holidays just mean I don’t write when I’m pulled away to fun family gatherings.
9 — Facebook
I try to write something on facebook or share something on facebook every day. I find it an inspiration to me on a daily basis.

I hope some of that helps. God Bless America

Hope your learned something. I sure did.

Stay Mad.

Be Good.

The editor is gone. The editor is gone away. The editor is gone baby. The editor is gone away. You know the editor done me wrong baby. And they’ll be sorry someday. (Apologies to the late BB King).

Well, one of my editors is fantastic. Everything I send her she gets back to me with a reasonable turnaround time. She is amazing. The other editor… well, since I started talking with them back in October, they kept giving me reasons they will delay working on my stuff. I bet they thought I would forget by now. But Mad Overlords are insane and never forget those who make promises (so they can exploit them for favors when the Day of Reckoning comes).

I understand that things happen. I pushed back the release of my first book no less than three times.  So, I do understand.  That said, I am now looking for a new editor with a race to see if I can get it done by Garycon 11.

Luckily, my first editor is awesome. I just need someone to look and see all the pieces are there. All the backstory works. Does everything make sense?  Does ANYTHING I write ever make sense? Specially when I am raving about how I will take over the world by making sure all toothpick containers have an odd number of picks inside.

The race is on.

If anyone knows of a good page layout artist, please let me know.

More cool stuff is coming.

Stay Mad.

Be Good.

 

2019 wishes.

Happy New Year Mad Minions…
 
I hope this 2019 you are not attacked by…
Giant Bees
Giant Snakes
Giant Ants
Giant Shrews
Giant Scorpions with a hangnail
Giant Locusts
Giant Crocodiles
Giant Ticks
Giant Octopuseses
Giant Birds
Giant Spiders
Giant Rabbits
Giant Lizards
Giant Scorpions withOUT a hangnail
Giant Pigs
Giant Leeches
Giant Sharks
Giant Aliens
Giant Monkeys
Giant Giants
 

Or Steve. You always need to keep your eye on Steve.

Stay Mad

Be Good