Following is a note to a
friend. I think the information might interest anyone
writing for a
living of just for fun.
Thank you for your lovely thoughts.
I assure you that the talent and charm
you attribute to me simply proves that you possess great
imagination and compassion.
So just go ahead and start writing (or
finish writing) some of the books you have percolating. Please
get the first draft completed.
Blaze through that
Banish the tiny (sometimes it screams)
voice in the recesses of your mind that tells you you're not good
enough or you can't do it.
Show up for work. Period.
Of course your first pass is usually
not good enough—that's why most writers rewrite.
But you may surprise yourself.
What you write might be perfect on the first try. Magic happens.
You'll want some feedback and help
with marketing. Enter Scribd. Think about putting some of your work
on Scribd. (Stop listening to that vicious voice that urges you to
go shopping or re-roof the house.)
As I have always said
Procrastination is the thief of destiny. (Well, not
always, I just made it up.)
End of lecture.
You ask about the kind of program I use to write.
For novels and
so forth I use MS Word or
Google Docs. For screenplays I use Movie Magic.
The editor-in-chief of WIRED, Chris Anderson,
wrote a seminal book called
FREE using Google Docs.
You probably know many of the things he talks about. For
example Gillette giving away a razor then you have to buy the
blades. Jello was at first given away.
But things are not always quite free. I've
known this ever since I went to my first
wedding and someone
away" the bride. She cost my uncle millions but he said it was worth
it. Except the time she laid him out with a frying pan.
Speaking of the book FREE. Well, you can read it for free here at
Anderson writes eloquently on a $250 net book about a new paradigm
in marketing. He makes a solid case that many things will end up in
How right he is. And how things
have changed since I gave up pounding a typewriter decades ago.
However, I suspect I can still give a few of theStarbuckSwilling− apsAddicted−
PriusPowered- multiMessaging− tripleTaskers− tattooedTitted
Twits a battle for their bytes.
Do I sound bitter with the younger
generation? Nope. I feel sorry for them. We have
saddled them with impossible debts. No wonder they run safety pins
through their eyelids.
Besides, I had my fun.
I was the first person in the history of the world to use
the internet to market a novel. You can read about it
here. That was in 1986.
I also invented the fridge
magnet and I think I came up with the name for
I'm still waiting for my reward.
I may launch a global lawsuit against everyone who owns a fridge.
I will stick them for damages for what they stick to their fridges and what they
stick in them−especially if it's Kiwi fruit.
See, I'm crazy.
Kate agrees. But this is part of being a writer.
After you have read Anderson's FREE piece, glance at
this. It's a
children's books I wrote a few years ago. It was a breeze
to post on Scribd and it was free.
I found a publisher for Betty's Greatest Adventure but he wanted all the movie
rights. And that is where I make most of my pennies.
You can earn your own pennies writing
in your beautiful home in Nevada. Sure, sometimes it's a tough state
to write in and a bit
treacherous for the mind.
But you can succeed there.
Writers can succeed anywhere if they just show up for work.
And in most cases they are already at work. All you have to do
is switch on the computer or pick up a pencil.
cousin lives in Las Vegas in Sun City or some kind of colony
like that. We might buy a condo or townhouse there.
Then we could live in
Edmonton in the summer. Vegas in the winter. And find caves
for spring and fall someplace.
I wonder if I could write in a cave?
I might need extra batteries.
New Zealand is great in fall and spring. Dicey in
Click one of the above to see some of my work.
You can buy one of my novels
here. If you