Category Archives: Writing

Interpreting Your Blog Metrics: Traffic, Pageviews, and Comments

ChartYesterday, Rachelle Gardner shared some of her most visited posts on her blog and some key learnings from her metrics. One of her learnings was summed up in this statement:

“The posts that get the most comments are NOT the same as the ones that get the most traffic. I have to be careful to avoid weighing the number of comments too heavily when assessing the relative success of various blog posts, remembering to look at the actual pageviews over longer periods of time.”

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Finding Time to Write: What are my priorities?

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One of the drawbacks of being a part-time author is that writing fiction often takes a back seat to my day job.

That’s bad.

No, that’s good. The up side is that my day job involves a lot of writing, so I’m always refining my skills.

That’s good.

No, that’s bad. I spend so much time reading and writing work-related content that I don’t have the energy to focus on writing fiction.

That’s bad.

No, that’s good. I can easily detach myself from work and at least day dream about my stories. It feels like about 75 percent of my writing is done without pen, pencil, paper, or PC. It happens in my head.

That’s good.

No, that’s bad. I get frustrated that I don’t have time to get my ideas, characters, settings, and plots down on paper.

That’s bad.

No, that’s good. It motivates me to work hard, be more efficient with my time, and not waste a moment on activities that don’t propel me toward my goals. I end up develop disciplines that wouldn’t exist if I had all the free time in the world.

That’s good.

No, that’s bad. I start looking at my time as a commodity. I calculate how much my time is worth and overlook the intrinsic value of slowing down, spending time with my wife and daughters, and enjoying life in my community.

That’s bad.

No, that’s good. When I stop to reflect on the dilemma, it helps me to truly appreciate my family and friends. It makes me want to be a better me; husband, father, friend.

That’s good.

Yes. Yes it is.

Plot Element: Religious Ideals

Hey, I’m back! It’s been a long time and I’m looking for some ideas. I have a short story I’m working on that features a fictitious ancient religious sect. I’m looking for generic ideals, dogmas, virtues, and tenets that are largely common among world religions. Tell me what you think would be representative of most religions? What do all religions have in common? Maybe throw in values that might be misconstrued as empowering members to oppress or persecute non believers. I’d love to hear your ideas and get your perspective.

Where do you get ideas for your story?

I’ve had a number of people ask me where I got my ideas for How Deep Lies the Shadow. I composed the following in response:

The answer to your question about where I get my ideas is pretty complex, primarily because there are many different ideas within How Deep Lies the Shadow. At the core to most of my stories is the question “What if…?” HDLTS started with a simple question that led to many others that branched off into a myriad of “What ifs.” The original question centered around the folk lore or mythology of changelings. I’d heard stories of goblins or faerie creatures exchanging changelings for human children.

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Making a living as a writer – a response

20120327-072757.jpgMy response to a blog post I recently read by Rachelle Gardner How to Make a Living as a Writer, Part Two: Variety

Sometimes I forget that I do make a living as a writer. I’ve been in communications for the past twenty+ years and a big part of that has been writing and editing. It’s just not the kind of writing I’m passionate about. Still it keeps my writing skills honed.

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