Browsing Archive: January, 2011

What *Not* To Do If You’re Looking For Writing Advice

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, January 31, 2011,

I remember when the Internet was a baby–a brilliant, wide-eyed, baby with limitless potential for positive growth.

The Internet was born to Scientific and Military parents. It soon showed its independence and became the playground of creative, intelligent folks who took its potential and shaped a carnival of information amazement.

One of the most famous slogans back then was, “Information Wants to be Free …”, and this leads me to the first thing I feel you should not do when lookin...


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Really, No *Really*, What The Heck Is Writing?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, January 29, 2011,

So many things in life are taken for granted. So much is automated. Even things like Love can suffer from a lack of proper awareness.

Ever walk down a street you’ve been down hundreds of times and wonder at some detail that seems like it just appeared yet has always been part of the landscape?

Perhaps I can do that for you in this post–give you a fresh vision of what the heck Writing really is.

I often find that checking an Etymology Dictionary gives me fresh perspectives on words and...


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Do You Write For The Reader or Should You Write For Yourself?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, January 28, 2011,

As usual, I won’t write a post that claims ultimate wisdom. My goal is to share ideas that get you thinking and, hopefully, sharing what you think in the Comments :-)

Should a writer write for the reader?

Who is the reader?

What value is there in writing what you consider necessary in spite of what readers may think?

Some writers will tell you to do research about your potential readers and find out what they want when they read. This is fairly straightforward if your goal is to produce...


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How Does Talking Help Writing? ~~~ “Read Me A Book Daddy!”

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, January 27, 2011,

Talking helps you write?

Well, it’s more than likely the first “writers” in our human family were mostly speakers. I could work really hard to do the research to support that contention but I’m reasonable certain; plus, I found a cool Squidoo Lens that can launch you into this ancient art form, still alive and kickin’, by the way :-)

And, if you reflect and notice the next time someone speaks to you, there’s one heck of a lot going on in your mind as they speak. Folks called ...


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Publishing Progress ~ the Highs and the Lows…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, January 25, 2011,

Writers, almost all of them, want to be published. Not so many years ago, the only way to be published that let the multitudes receive your work was to find an agent and have them present your work to editors who then might decide to work with you toward publishing.

There are many stories of writers’ works being published in forms that they really didn’t like; yet, they really wanted to be published so they caved…

To be fair, most respectable publishers worked hard to bring the ma...


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“Show Don’t Tell”? ~ Hey! Even Showing Demands Words :-)

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, January 24, 2011,

One of my blogging-buddies and fellow writer, Haley Whitehall wrote, in response to the recent post, Words or Deeds ~ Which One Tells You More About A Person?, “I hope you write that future post of writing’s challenge of expressing deeds with words. I would love to read it.”

Now, I surely can’t promise I’ll write every post a reader wants but this one was sitting in my mind/heart and bubbling with anticipation to be written. Haley’s gentle nudge felt like a clarion call :-)

So, ...


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True or False? ~ If You Think You’re A Good Writer, You’re Not…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, January 22, 2011,

I saw a tweet the other day that said something similar to the title of this post and I got a chuckle out of it.

But right on the heels of the chuckle came doubt…

I do feel some of my writing is good. I also feel some of my writing isn’t as good as I sometimes think it is.

There’s a fairly common cycle of feeling that infects authors’ minds–I’m Great/I Suck/I’m Great/I Suck…

I think the middle portions of the wave, not the peaks and troughs, are where some truth can be garnere...


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Words or Deeds ~ Which One Tells You More About A Person?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, January 21, 2011,

Most writers have heard the maxim, “Show Don’t Tell”.  And, even though action in a book can keep most readers turning pages, I find it oh, so ironic that those actions are being conveyed with words :-)

Language is strange! And strange means “foreign”. And, a blog written by someone who’s first language isn’t English prompted me to write this post.

Before I talk about that, I want to explore this Words/Deeds issue.

I’ll leave the strange situation of writing’s challenge of...


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Virtual Worlds ~ The Mind, The Book, & Second Life

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, January 20, 2011,

Your mind is a virtual world…

A book you read or write is a virtual world…

I’ll get to Second Life in a minute…

An off-the-cuff definition of “virtual” could be, “just about as good as the original” but, from my experience, I’d say that virtual’s meaning can be very strong on the root it came from: virtue.

All virtual worlds have virtues that make them valuable whether we’re talking about your mind, a book you read or wrote, or a computer-created world.

There is a Wo...


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Are You A Fast Study or Slow Learner? ~ It Can Definitely Depend On The Subject And On Your MOOD!

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Wednesday, January 19, 2011,

Folks used to call me intelligent. They usually thought I learned things quickly.

Little did they know that I was, pretty much, a learner who could grasp what I read quickly but that I didn’t utter a word of it until I’d, slowly, studied it in at least three other books.

Plus, what I did retain on each reading depended on what I was studying and whether I made the decision or it was a task imposed by others.

Some people still think I’m intelligent but they aren’t inside my head. ...


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Reading Leads To Writing, Even If All You're Reading Is Life…

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Tuesday, January 18, 2011,
Here I go again, spinning out one of my theories about reading.

I'm either brave or clueless since these posts, written in the stillness of my writer's cave, could be seen by much smarter people hundreds of years from now, when humanity has figured out this mind-thingie, and I could be laughed to shame.

Good thing I'll be dead then...

Reading Life, eh?

In my recent post, Rewriting While You Read ~ We All Do It …, I spun out my ideas about how the reader changes the meanings the writer t...
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Learn From *Whoever* Has The Truth

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Monday, January 17, 2011,
I woke up to the fact that I was a writer when I was 42...

It took me nearly 20 more years to get over the idea that what I wrote had to be perfect the first time I wrote it...

"Editing"? Hmmm... Ya know, I'm not a dumb person but I sure had some dumb ideas buried in my subconscious.

My first books were written and published with no outside input.

My Work-In-Progress has had a ton of input--from when I had the first, bare idea to right now and it won't be published till April.

So, today,...
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Reader, Writer, Publisher ~ Wearing Three Hats Can Be Dangerous

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Saturday, January 15, 2011,

Do I really mean that being a reader/writer/publisher is dangerous? Well, when I look at the word history of dangerous, I see that it comes from roots that mean the power of a lord…

And, “lord” comes from roots that mean “one who guards the bread”…

So, yes, if you’re contemplating using your experience as a reader to power your writing as you promote your way toward self-publishing, you’re becoming the lord of the process and guarding that bread can become dangerous.

Lest...


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How Do We Know Our Priorities Are Right?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Friday, January 14, 2011,

Do you have a set of priorities in your personal life? Oh, maybe something like: Family > Work > Play…

Do you set priorities in your mind for what the government needs to do? How about your priorities for what your customers need?

How do you decide you have the right priorities? Is it basically a hit-or-miss, experiential kind of thing? Do you consult with folks you consider experts? Or, maybe, you don’t set any priorities ’cause you think they’re a waste of time…

[ So, let's see...


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Writing And Therapy ~ Are Writers All Crazy?

Posted by Alexander M Zoltai on Thursday, January 13, 2011,

I’ve studied a lot of psychology. Mostly to help me figure out why I seem to be so different from other folks.

I’m a writer and I’ve been very crazy at various points in my life but, usually, I’m rather sane; it’s just that I’m so damned different.

Might be that I’m an introvert but that proclivity doesn’t account for all of it.

Actually, since I’ve been writing seriously (about 22 years now), I’m even more different than I used to be but I’m also more sane than I’ve...


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Alexander M Zoltai I started writing seriously rather late in life but I'm forging ahead with roaring flames in my heart... I've written the novel, "Notes from An Alien", with Sena Quaren--taking her other-worldly experience and translating it for an Earth audience. No, I'm not Channeling. I'm merely taking the "reality" of one of my characters to a new level :-)

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