Tag: 25things

  • 25 Virtues Writers Should Possess

    To be a writer and storyteller you’ve got to have a whole host of tools at your disposal, but sometimes those tools remain unseen — ghosts in the cabinet. What I’m saying is, it pays to have at your disposal a series of penmonkey virtues to get you on the road and down a ways. Here, then, are 25.

  • 25 Ways To Plot, Plan and Prep Your Story

    I always advocate learning how to plot and plan because inevitably someone on the business side of things is going to poke you with a pointy stick and say, “I want this.” Thus you will demonstrate your talent. Even so, in choosing to plot on your own, you aren’t limited to a single path.

  • 25 Things You Should Know About Queries, Synopses, Treatments

    Storytelling is always an act of enticement and, further, is frequently an act of whittling and winnowing. Because that’s what a synopsis is: it’s you telling your story. Except instead of 300 pages you get, say, ten. Or five. Or one. Hey, nobody said it was going to be easy.

  • 25 Things You Should Know About Self-Publishing

    Time again for another list of 25, this time about the trials and triumphs of self-publishing. This article could be titled, Things I Think About Self-Publishing, or, One Penmonkey’s Ruminations Upon The Subject Of Self-Publishing, and is not meant to be an end-all, be-all list, but rather, little nougaty nuggets of contemplation.

  • 25 Things Writers Should Know About Social Media

    Writers and other creative-types often seem to believe that they need to become someone different online, that they cannot be themselves lest they not find a publisher, not get work, not sell their book, not collect sexy groupies, etc. To that I say, bullshit! And cock-waffle! And piddling piss-wafers! Be yourself.

  • 25 Ways To Kick Exposition’s Ass

    All I’m trying to say is, you want to write story, you’re going to have to deal with exposition in some form, and this list is about that. I present to you, 25 ways to twist exposition to your will, turning it into a dancing gimp that will serve you… and serve the audience.