Questioning Conventional Wisdom Re: Platforms

Hello, dear readers, and welcome back to Nerdy Words. I’ve been seeing a lot – that is, A LOT – of advice to new and aspiring writers urging them to create a “platform” by posting regularly to not just one, but at least three, different forms of social media. The reasoning is by posting content […]

Foot-in-Mouth Syndrome Spreading Among Famous Authors

Even people who get paid – a lot – for their words can say the wrong thing. Lately a couple of high-profile cases of this “foot-in-mouth syndrome” have appeared, both of which involved writers I greatly admire. First, the infamous “bitchery” tweet from Stephen King: in response to the recent Dylan Farrow/Woody Allen controversy (which, […]

Tips from the Master: Stephen King has an excellent essay from the master of the macabre, Stephen King, on imagery. He offers excellent advice on how to create good imagery in your work; namely, that you have to actually see the thing you’re describing, rather than labeling it. He gives the example: “A beginning writer may put down, ‘It was […]

Eat Your Heart Out: The World’s Richest Writers

Last week, Forbes Magazine released a list of 2011’s highest-earning authors. At the top of the list: James Patterson, with $94 million. According to Forbes, he released no less than eleven titles last year! My personal favorite, Stephen King, came in second with “only” $39 million. Number three was Janet Evanovich with $33 million. That […]