How To Get Started With Journaling

How To Get Started With Journaling

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.” Dr. SeussHow To Get Started With Journaling Journaling is an ancient tradition, dating back many centuries and across many different cultures. At its simplest, journaling is the act of putting your thoughts, emotions, feelings, and experiences to paper. It’s a written record of your true self—one that can be typed out using a keyboard, or written longhand on paper. There are no rules when it comes to journaling. All it takes is a willingness to…

Web Scrapers – Data Mining

Web Scrapers – Data Mining

“Always code as if the guy who ends up maintaining your code will be a violent psychopath who knows where you live.” – Martin GoldingScraping – Software Application Today I’d like to explain what exactly a scraper is and the purpose of utilizing one. A scraper is a software application that procedurally gathers data from a website. Just about 90% of the time, a scraper is going to be developed without using any of the websites API. Most likely, the website won’t have an API for the specific data the…

How to Move your Story from Brain to Paper

How to Move your Story from Brain to Paper

“We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” – William ShakespeareI want to write a book, but where do I start? I’ve been asked this question a lot! For a new writer or even a beginner, that’s an excellent question. And we’re going to explore how I take an idea and turn it into a novel. Keep in mind, every author has their own way of doing this. Some are plotters, and some are pansters but at the end of the day, the idea is turned…

Algorithms: Make Them Work for You

Algorithms: Make Them Work for You

“First, solve the problem. Then, write the code.” – John Johnson What is an algorithm and why are we talking about it? Have you ever had a great idea and you “wished” there was a way to implement it? This happens all the time to business owners and employees. They come up with a sound idea to make their workload a little easier, and yet, they don’t know how to implement such a thing or they don’t know where to go to get it done. But the idea is fantastic…

DIY Editing Resources for writers

DIY Editing Resources for writers

“A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.” Marianne MooreShocked? Did I say DO-IT-YOURSELF editing? I know what you’re thinking… this post goes against all that I said in my blog labeled: How to Choose the Right Editor. But in reality it doesn’t. These websites are not resources that you should use as the ONLY way of editing your book. So get that out of your head. This is a blog about DIY editing prior to sending your manuscript to your editor. 🙂 The two…

How to Choose the Right Editor for your Book

How to Choose the Right Editor for your Book

“An editor is someone who separates the wheat from the chaff and then prints the chaff.” Adlai E. Stevenson  The bond between an editor and an author is an important one for indie writers. Your editor should be someone you trust with your precious words crafted together in a book. They should have an eye for detail and he/she should know how to edit fiction opposed to non-fiction writing, if you’re a fiction author. The other thing we want our editor to do is provide helpful feedback. Their job is one…

Use Wunderlist to Free Up Your Time

Use Wunderlist to Free Up Your Time

No business can succeed in any great degree without being properly organized. James Cash Penney Treat your writing like a business and you’ll be one step ahead of many other writers. But we’ll talk more about that in another post.  ORGANIZING  This post isn’t going to be for everyone. One thing I’ve learned in my years on this earth is that we all work from different angles. Meaning, some find organization in their mess while others find mess within their organization. But, if you’re anything like me, I had to…

Just F*&#*&G Write

Just F*&#*&G Write

It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let them think you were born that way. – Ernest Hemingway    So You Think You’re a Writer? “Don’t think. Thinking is the enemy of creativity. It’s self-conscious, and anything self-conscious is lousy. You can’t try to do things. You simply must do things.” – Ray Bradbury I love Ray Bradbury (RIP). He’s a writer who knew what he was talking about. More importantly, he gave some damn great advice to new authors, aspiring writers and published authors. As often…