The past 360 days have been amazing—I can hardly believe I’ve been writing on this digsite and annoying you all for almost a whole year now! Seems like just yesterday I started reporting Mariposa’s unethical writing habits and giving you bad advice. Through it all, Mariposa and I have: 1. Written over fifty thousand useful … Continue reading Celebrating One Year at Dino’s Digest!
Marketing is a hammer writers use to bang their books into readers’ heads—or at least that’s how it feels. Marketing is a necessary evil—or is it? We obviously must build our platforms if we’re ever going to get anywhere in this T. Rexirrible world, but marketing is only as bad as our opinion of it. … Continue reading Marketing Tip #1 Change Your Mindset
Spring is a time for life. Baby dinos hatch. Maiasauras build their nests. And meteor showers hit your house. Yep, smack-dab in the middle of my roof. I called the meteorfighters (like firefighters, except they ride comet trucks and carry a blaster instead of a hose), but they didn’t get here in time, and now … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: The Start of a New Project (& a New Roof)
Have you ever sat down to write for a few hours and instead sat for a few hours, congratulating yourself for productively blinking two thousand times? So what do you do? My first recommendation is to hire a dinosaur to sit on you when you aren’t writing, but if you can’t do that, then the … Continue reading Productive Writing Tip #1: Think Ahead
How do you like the new and not-improved Dino’s Digest? I have made a list of necessary and unnecessary improvements and enhancements, including: An insider’s look into my boss’s life. In the recent survey results, you all expressed an interest in seeing more of Mariposa. I wish you hadn’t, because she got her own WordPress … Continue reading A New Day in Mariposa’s Office: A Grand Unveiling of the Good, the Bad, & the Stupid
After all that thinking last month, my boss and I are ready to stop thinking. Believe me, it’s as bad as it sounds, because now it’s time to work and start implementing our goals for the new year. And, of course, like the logical beings that we are, we had to set high goals (not … Continue reading A Day in Mariposa’s Office: Surveying & Strategizing
I don’t like Christmastime. I realize I just posted a short story where I played the part of Scrooge, but that has no bearing whatsoever on the previous statement. Really, I don’t dislike Christmas, just Christmastime (big difference). And the reason I dislike it has absolutely nothing to do with Christmas at all. The reason … Continue reading Days NOT in Mariposa’s Office: A Dinosaur’s Complaint About Christmas
Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year because I can stuff myself with BOOKS! Now, I know I’ve been griping about how I’m sick of eating books, but that was a week ago, and these books are specially cooked. As you can see from the picture, my family has quite the feast … Continue reading Happy Thanksgiving from the Createtus Period!
Have you ever had writer’s block? Well, that’s a stupid question, of course you have! Every writer has encountered the block at some point and the ones that haven’t are either utter geniuses or incorrigible liars. Having battled the block myself, I thought I’d share my battle strategies with you. They are practically foolproof (don’t … Continue reading The Top 5 Ways to Break Writer’s Block
Writing isn’t hard. Pounding out five words per second isn’t hard. Deliberating about plots for endless hours isn’t hard. It’s BACKBREAKING (or more accurately, brainbreaking)! And my characters think I’m tough on them. But I’m not half so hard on them as they are on me. Needless to say, I’m utterly disgusted by my chosen … Continue reading 12 Reasons Writers Hate Writing