What Do You Call a Writer Who Never Reads?
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
1w ago
Oddly enough, there has been quite a debate over on Twitter about what we think about a writer who doesn’t read. In fact, going a bit further, the person who posted the Stephen King quote (below) mentioned she’d even seen blogs via new writers who openly claim they don’t read/don’t like reading. Before we get into this, though, please understand that I “get” everyone has different life constraints, budgets, and abilities. I know there are people with learning issues because I am one. “Reading” does not have to be paper. It can be digital or audio or even visual. Long way around saying, if we ..read more
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To the Pain: Is Writing a Career or a Hobby?
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
2w ago
Pain is simply part of life. I think THAT much is clear as we are almost two weeks into 2023 *thinks of carbs and cries* Truth is, we have little control over most of what happens to us. This is true in life and in publishing. Control, in many respects, is an illusion. We can only do our little part on most things then hope and pray for the best. This might sound a lot like me being a Debbie Downer here, but the truth can actually be quite liberating. When we recognize there is only SO much we can control, it narrows down our focus and all the things we “care” about. We can set expectations a ..read more
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Self-Sabotage: I Don’t Deserve Success
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
2M ago
Self-sabotage is something most writers are likely familiar with. We just about get in the habit of working on the WIP (work in progress), and then suddenly we put everyone and everything ahead of finishing that book. Usually they’re noble causes, too. Cleaning the house, organizing the closets, alphabetizing the pets…. I work hard to make “success” books part of my morning routine when I’m doing my chores: making the coffee, making the bed, putting on any laundry, etc. One of my favorite audio books is “Atomic Habits” by James Clear. Namely because the advice is practical, doable, and aligns ..read more
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Unseen Blessings: Are We Truly Thankful?
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
2M ago
Pippa claims she is “helping” with laundry *head desk* At least in the U.S., this is a week where we celebrate all we are thankful for (or at least it is supposed to be). In our modern world, I believe it is easy to take WAY too much for granted. Hey, I’m completely guilty of forgetting all my blessings and letting the silliest stuff steal my joy. Since all y’all (correct Texas grammar) are perfect, I’ll just list some ways I can consistently fall short. The microwave took a WHOLE two minutes to make the popcorn and it didn’t even pop ALL the kernels. I needed to remember the other ingredients ..read more
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Motivation & How What Drives Us Defines Us
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
3M ago
Motivation is at the core of everything human related. It’s the reason for the common axiom in law enforcement: Before you look at outlaws, look at in-laws. We humans LIKE to believe we are super complicated when, by and large, we are anything but. Articulating character motivation can help us when it comes to better storytelling. The best stories are, at their heart, SIMPLE. Notice I said, at their heart. Storytelling might be simple, but so is a top-notch soufflé. In fact, soufflés are an art form all to themselves. Simple? Yes. Easy? By no means. Yet, regardless of the time period, humans ..read more
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The Seven Deadly Sins of Prologues
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
4M ago
To prologue or not to prologue? That is the question. Does our story actually need one, or are we cool to just dive in? Great question. Prologues can be tricky. The problem with the prologue is it has kind of gotten a bad rap over the years with agents and editors. They generally hate them. Why? In my opinion, it is because far too many writers don’t use prologues properly and that, in itself, has created its own problem. Because of the steady misuse of prologues, many readers skip them. Thus, the question of whether or not the prologue is even considered the beginning of your novel can becom ..read more
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The Priority Parallax: What’s TRULY Important?
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
5M ago
For most of my life, being ‘right’ was my single greatest priority. Years ago, I believed I knew everything. Okay, that’s a lie. More like a couple weeks ago I believed I knew everything. More lies. Dang it! Truth is, this morning I knew everything then got some caffeine and realized I was completely full of it. It takes work for me to stop and ask the hard questions daily to keep me grounded. What if I’m wrong? Why am I really doing X? What is my motive? Am I afraid of something? Do I really believe what I’m saying I believe? Where are my pants? Calm down... I don’t spend vast amounts o ..read more
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Write FAST & Furious! Outrunning “Spock Brain”
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
8M ago
Original Image courtesy of David HT Flikr Creative Commons… Fast drafting is a technique that I have used successfully on quite a few books. What is fast drafting? Fast drafting is when we sit down and write a book within a given amount of time. It can be as short as two weeks, but I don’t recommend longer than six. WHY, KRISTEN? WHY???? Many new authors slog through that first book, editing every word to perfection, revising, reworking, redoing…and they never finish. So they start another book and edit and nitpick and…don’t finish. Wash, rinse, repeat…mildew. When I used to be a part of criti ..read more
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Boutique Books: The Fall of the Mega-Author Titans
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
8M ago
Boutique businesses are on the rise in the digital age. What does ’boutique’ mean? Essentially, small is now big. Instead of people relying solely on a handful of major brands, the marketplace has shifted from the macro to the micro. Yes, plenty of people still pick up a Brad Thor in the airport. Just like plenty of people go over to Home Goods, TJ Maxx or Kirklands to buy home decor. But there are probably just as many heading to Etsy (and similar sites) to buy one-of-a-kind decor from independent creators. ***Same for books. While mega stores hold certain advantages, they also have just as ..read more
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Weakness: Blood in the Water & Narcissist Sharks
Kristen Lamb
by Kristen Lamb
9M ago
Weakness is inherent to the human condition. No one is always strong all the time and in every way. Last post, we dove into the deep dark waters of the narcissist. Namely, we explored one of their more common tools for manipulation—gaslighting. Obviously, I recommend going back to check out the post. But, for brevity’s sake, I’ll restate the definition here. [Gaslighting] is a form of intimidation or psychological abuse, where false information is presented to the victim, making them doubt their own memory, perception and quite often, their sanity. Urban Dictionary When reading how insidious ..read more
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