Snow Day!

Snow days. I have been so busy lately that I had no time to put together a post, so I winged it, because today I had a snow day due to a nor-easter coming through. 

Yes, in Spring lol. 

But I'm free today and thinking about all the writing I can do. Besides shoveling and such. 


What do you do on a snow day? Do you write and get things done, or do you become lazy and think so much about writing you never actually get to it? 

Let me know in the comments below, or on Twitter @Wcmarchese

Hope to see you there. 


Have You Found Your Voice?

I'm sure your voice has always been there. But what is the point when a writer solidifies that their voice has fully formed? 

When do they recognize it's there and embrace it? 

I look back on older work and wonder, was my voice somewhere in there? 

I pick up bits and pieces from it, but it is clunky and riddled with things I wouldn't do now. 

Some may not see this, may think the older stuff is just an unrefined version of my writing now. 

And I supposed that's okay. 

I wouldn't want them to read it the way I see it--heavily critical of myself until I come to the conclusion it actually isn't that bad. 

Either way, your voice evolves until there is a solid means to tell your story. 

There is a way to get your thoughts across. 

It is something you can fall back on knowing it will carry your ideas and words in manner that is almost logical in an illogical craft. 

When exactly had you found your voice? Or are you still looking for it? Have you noticed a progression in your vo…

Are You Using Social Media Correctly?

So many ways to get your work out there.

Social media is such a useful tool these days, compared to the days when you had to advertise the hard way. News paper and TV ads.
As social media rose, getting you name out became easier and easier.
Today, writing a blog, or a vlog (on YouTube, Twitch, or other video site) does not net you as much as it did back then—mostly because it was new there were not as many as now making videos. But there are other ways to generate a little here and there. 
Even if they don’t pay as much as theu used to, and the sites are oversaturated with others vying for your attention, you can still carve out a piece of the pie for yourself, and at the end of it all, get your name out there--of course if done right. 
Once you build a presence, you can use those sites you’ve built as a way to get new happenings out to your fans.
Also, when you’re ready to find an agent, and they help you find a publisher, they’re going to want to see how big your social media footprint…

Too many projects?

I am working on too many projects at the moment. 

I get ideas and start another story. Some of them go into the slush pile, while others stick around longer. 

Some will be recycled, and others will just fizzle out. 

Either way, I am wondering today if having too many is bad. 

Sometimes you just have to stop some and finish one of them off. 

I think putting down one story temporarily and tinkering with another is a good way to take your mind off the first one. 

It's a way to trick your mind into coming around with a fresh mind. 

Of course you can put the story aside and come back in a week, or so. But sometimes you want to (or have to) get to that other story that is pressing your thoughts. 

But how many is too many? 

I sometimes read multiple stories at the same time, as well. I know of people who do this, but can it be detrimental to absorbing information? 

It all depends on what you can handle. If you see it's not working out, do something different. 

How do you write stories? One, two…

Is Carl Dead -- Warning Spoilers!

It's another Monday. I'm here trying to get some projects finished, waiting for some subs to come back with a good or bad response. 

Hopefully good. 

I know this post is usually about motivation. 

But really, anything can be turned into a motivational piece. 

Depending on how you present it. 

So I'm going to play with something new. 

If you haven't seen the latest Walking Dead where you-know-who dies, then stop reading. 

If you don't care, keep reading. 

At this point, I think everyone has at least heard something about Carl dying. 

Okay, there, I said it. 

Now I've taken a lot of heat from buddies about my theory that he isn't dead. And I can break it down for you to think about it too. 

First: When Glen "died" in that dumpster scene with the dope who killed himself and pulled Glen with him onto a crowd of zombies, we thought he was a goner. 

AMC even cut away Glenn's portion of the story there for a bit. 

If i'm not mistaken, to the next mid-season? …

Just Do It

Among the many blog posts I’ve done, I don’t recall if I ever titled one this, but it fits the my thoughts this Friday.
So I figured I’d use it, maybe again.
And I’m not talking about the Nike saying.
What I’m connecting it to is that point when you are able to take a moment to write. 

You tell everyone your intensions and close the door to wherever you go, mentally or physically, and you have your computer, or notebook, or cellphone and you set out to do your thing.
But then Twitter starts chirping, or Facebook messenger calls for attention. Before you know it, you’re looking at YouTube videos for a video game review or some conspiracy theory that you were pondering.
Maybe even those cool countdown videos of the 5 most horrific Halloween murders.
It’s okay, we all do it. 

Sometimes it gets me a little and I correct myself, sometimes it veers me totally off track and I feel very guilty afterwards.
There are times it can help, because everything we take in can be used in our stories.

Imitate the Greats

Imitate the greats? Well, sort of. 
I was reading an article, and have read in other places as well, of an exercise where you imitate your favorite author.
Many artists do this with music, paint and other art forms.
So why not writing?
It’s a bit different. Because when you emulate, you are writing like your favorite writer, and it can take you off in different directions. You imitate their style, after reading a story from them.
Or then there is copying. Which is a practice that some famous authors did to learn from their favorite authors. Some wrote in longhand to get the feel--to see what it was like to think like those authors.
This can be a useful exercise.
Personally, I haven’t gone too deep into the practice. But from the few times I’ve tried a page here and there, I can definitely see the benefit. It’s like dissecting the authors work and putting it back together to see how it works.
One bad thing I can see coming of this is if you’re not careful, you can start to write exactly …