Barney Davey has many years experience in the art print market and has held workshops in art marketing.
Writing Skills | Technique
I have calculated the necessary word count I need to write each day between now and then, so I’m not worried that it is an impossible task. In fact, I’m looking forward to the moment when I write the last word and can say, “First draft is done!”
Lily King taught a week-long class I took in 2011 at the Stonecoast Writers Conference offered by the University of Southern Maine. (I blogged about it here and here.) Her students loved her. She shared personal pieces of herself alongside the professional, such that we could understand this important concept: Neither writing nor a life of writing is easy for anyone, but if it’s what you want to do, it’s yours to
What am I scared of? There is an endless pool of words waiting to be written, but they refuse to take to the page. The only emotion that surfaces during the process is terror – why? It has been about four weeks since I worked on either of my books, and to say my posting on this blog has basically been non-existent is possibly an understatement. Initially I could blame being
Emma came round to say hello! One day, Emma wandered into my yard and I left my home to find her owner. I was concerned. I called the cops. I walked to the end of the cul de sac. I found her owner and we connected; neighbor to neighbor. In my determination to find her owner, I crossed a thresh-hold of dead solitude and found a smiling face. Life around the suburban block has barriers, but we lift them when we have to.
A technical writer is a professional writer who engages in technical writing and produces technical documentation for technical, business, and consumer audiences. According to Wikipedia, this defines the profession as preparing information that helps users who use a product. When, however, does the technical writer stop informing the user and begin to confuse them? Is there a limit to just how technical the […]
As a fan of George R. R. Martin’s books “A Song of Ice and Fire” and the cable series “Game of Thrones” I follow other fans in cyberspace, with spoiler Facebook pages for we readers (don’t worry, not in this blog), and the numerous fun fan pages with hilarious memes. Like it or hate it, Game of Thrones to me, as a series doesn’t take itself so seriously
I realized years ago that I wanted to write. My first attempts at short stories ran to three handwritten pages or so, and I would make my sister sit and listen, along with an audience of soft toys and dolls. She got quite bored with my tales of princesses lost in woods and toys that […]
So many aspects of stories reel in the readers of books or viewers of films or shows, be it action, fantasy, drama, horror, but on the short list of it all is the lure of intrigue, when we must know what happens next and a few hours sleep or loads of laundry won’t stop us. Many daytime television dramas I recall watching as a kid not missing them so much when school started, but during summer I hated
When the “Gangs of New York” film came out, the documentaries followed behind, uncloaking the history and reminding me again of my sore lack of historical knowledge but appreciation of it as it obtain it now. Of course, with my vast hard science educational background, I had no clue there was a “Five Points” in […]
With my non-stop film/novel addiction, strong characterization baits me to a story better than any fishhook. Once I’m introduced to the world, the situation, and the people (or non humans) I’m ready to know them. What are their backgrounds? What are their secrets? What force that drives the plot also drives these characters? I posted […]
“He who does not understand your silence will probably not understand your words.” Elbert Hubbard Silence – An anechoic chamber is very quiet Breaking The Silence: How long… “Silence is the sleep that nourishes wisdom.” Francis Bacon Sundial -The Clock of Silence can you… Silence – Newton’s Cradle Animation book …Stay Silent? “In human intercourse […]
“Jurassic Park” When Indie writer John Locke published his “how to” book about selling books, I’ve noted before an important point he made: You may not be a great writer, but you will need to be an entertaining writer. (Paraphrased). Putting aside any controversy about Locke, he clearly writes entertaining novels that people like. His […]
As we fiction fans experience stories through the years, I think of the “good guys” as a time of youth and innocence, “the anti-hero” as an audience-specific protagonist (Thomas Covenant fans, are you still out there?), which leaves a very often used and popular protagonist: The not-so-good guys. My favorite example is from the book […]
On the heels of receiving a rejection from a major agent who loved my query and synopsis (“very intriguing,” she wrote) but then didn’t get hooked after all, I’m in need of some levity today. The following tweet and picture from author Melissa Harrison in my Twitter feed helped. When I first learned to proofread, […]