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Which Way Was Better

Sometimes I stop and think about how submissions took place when I was younger. And I start to think which way was better?

I remember the constant research. Looking at books on how to submit, Writer’s Market each year. Where do I send this query letter? Then there was the SASE, you want that printed story back to send somewhere else. Right? 

It was a pain, but it felt good. It felt professional. Now it’s just include the story in the body of an email, or attach a .doc or .docx file.

Sometimes I feel I’m being scammed, hardwired not to trust emails and links and such, but maybe I’m just old fashioned.

As I get used to the new age of things, I realize how much easier it is, and how much faster I can resubmit because of this. 

Instant gratification, or rejection.

But no longer can I tack up rejection letters on a corkboard and lean back in my rolling chair, looking at the haphazard pages as proof that I submitted something and someone gave a response.

I mean, I guess one can print up the emails …

Shut Them Out

Do you ever feel after reading someone else's work that you are not as good, even if that may or may not be the case? And then it affects the way you write?

Woah! Shut them out? Well, yes. I'm not saying don't talk to anyone, and certainly keep communication open, no hate involved. But I was thinking and remembered when I was a kid and came out of a movie theater feeling energized--as though I were the hero of the story. 

It felt great! 

I imagined I was that character. And until I came down from the clouds, my kid life paled in comparison. 

I feel it's sort of the same in this situation I'm thinking about. You read someone else's work and it reads really good, like one of those great movies you watched as a child. You want to emulate this because it was so good. You look at your work half edited and feel down. 

It's easy to feel this way when you still have work to do on your project. But remember, what you just finished reading will influence what you write. W…

South of the Border

When I was a teen, some time after my mom passed, my Cousin Linda and her husband Jim took me and my sister and her son to Florida. We drove there. And along the way our group passed a place called South of the Border.

This place--between North and South Carolina--had all kinds of firecrackers, places to eat, hotel and more. Might have grown since then, but one thing I remember were the signs. 

It was fairly small, but for miles before and miles after there were signs advertising the place. Going there it says to stop, after passing it says to come back you missed it. These were creative little signs meant to catch your attention and make you laugh. 

I loved these signs. 

A lot of them have nothing to do with the actual place they advertised. I just thought they were funny and got excited waiting for the next one coming up. 

I've just recently had an update to my YouTube app where it allows you to crop a picture to use as a thumbnail. This was a hard thing to do before from what I'…

Everything Happens For A Reason

Everything happens for a reason. 

I'm not going to get religious, or too philosophical. That's for another place and time, perhaps.

But I feel that everything you go through and learn is getting you ready for something. 

You can learn from everything in life. 

I do art, writing, play drums and other artistic outlets. Throughout my life, as well. And now I'm utilizing all of it to fast track my way into what I want to do. 

See I've been a procrastinator. And that's OK. Dean Koontz says to wait until your somewhere around your 30s to write a novel. You have more experience. Yeah, that's definitely true. But there are still possibilies for anything, and everyone, at any age. 

The question is how bad do you want it? 

I want to write. I want to create stories that alow someone to escape. I know how that feels, growing up in the Bronx. My mom passed when I was young, thirteen I believe. Crazy things happened. 

I write horror. 

Thankfully I never used drugs. I did drink for a …

Don't Let Hate Consume You

You’re giving it your best, and just when you lift your head to look around, you find someone is trying to cut you down.
Or trying to copy something you’re doing. (Well, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.) Don’t let hate consume you. Half the time those perpetrating the hate are just jealous, or have some mental problem. It’s best to just steer clear of them and let them fizzle out.  It will eventually happen. I’ve seen it. When you get angry you get flustered, and nothing comes out right. And most of the time this is what that person wants to happen. And it stings even more when it’s someone you were buddies with. I say, just go with the flow. Do your best. Don’t worry about what anyone is saying. If they are copying you, so be it. They can’t be you. Take a turn, go in a new direction. Just don’t look in the rearview mirror, keep your eyes on the road. You’ll see your goal and get where you’re going. How do you deal with haters, and how much does it get to you? Let me know in the comm…

Imposing Rules Opressive?

Say what you will about rules, but sometimes, I feel, they can bring out the creativity in you. 

Allow me to explain. 

I don't love rules. Maybe it's my rebel years growing up in the Bronx. I grew my hair very long and... Well, there were a lot of other things that shaped those years, but that's for another post--perhaps a book in itself. 

But for certain things, rules can help. Of course you have to know where to break them, yet still respect them. 

See, I guess it also matters who makes them. Or, even, how they are broken. 

Something that comes to mind is my teen years listening to Howard Stern. Love him or hate him, Howard has an interesting story. 

He had feuds with many, but one of the ones that stood out the most was the ongoing battle with the FCC. 

This agency used him as one of the main examples when it came to lewd remarks and cursing. And he gave them hell for it. 

Yeah, he had some sticky situations where lawyers got involved, but for the most part he circumvented thei…

Where Am I Going With This? Evolution

So eventually I will transition over to writing about different things. I will still keep the essence of what I've been writing about here, and even that upbeat motivational post here and there, but things will change. 

Mature a bit. 

It will be the same, but different. 

We were talking about this on the last show with me and Gary Buller. The guest was Adrian Medina, co-owner of Aphotic Realm. You can listen here Horror with: Marchese & Buller

We know there has to be change for success. And it doesn't necessarily mean you have to do a 360. 

You can keep true to the essence of what made your work what it was. But new fans will want more. Older fans will need new content. 


You have to move on and up. It's a process to the top and even there you keep changing. 

Not only is it necessary, but it's healthy. 

And don't get me wrong  a lot of the aspects you love, that your fans love that works can stay. Heck, that's what they'll remember you by. But cha…

You Have it in You

Whatever brought you to this stage in your writing journey, you got here. Then you saw how things really were, perhaps, and slowed down a bit.

You dipped your toe into the pool and realized the water isn't half bad, actually. You may just step in. 

You can do this, you have it in you. 

Now do it. 

Don't listen to this one or that. Rise up and leave them in the dust with their negative comments. Sometimes they attack because they see something they don't have, they are jealous. 

You have to remember, this group will label you this, that group will call you other things. But you will always have an audience, and as long as there are those who are willing to listen to your words, who wait for more of who you are. 

You have nothing to worry about critics. They don't matter, ultimately its who believe in you. Those who you spark a jolt in their world. 

Someone can have all the fans in the world who wait on their every word, yet be chained down by that one person who makes them thi…

Surely This Isn't You!

Do you write a post and feel the energy and everything just seems right. You pump your fist in the air thinking this is going to change the world! But when you open the post later to edit it you realize it's not you. Everything is wrong. 

Maybe the feeling isn't there, or what you were trying to capture. How could you have been so forceful? So arrogant? 

Surely this isn't you! 

Well, this happens sometimes. And when it does I try to keep going and and keep the feeling, even a shred of it. 

That was one of the reasons I wanted to post thoughts on here off a whim, because this, for me, for the time being, is supposed to be a learning experience. Thoughts that can change because I learned something new, or just realized maybe I had an incorrect point of view about something. 

It happens to all of us. 

But who is confident enough to admit that? Well, perhaps that's another post. 

So you get that post ready, and it's slated to go out on a certain date, and you hate everything …

How Many Eyes Look At Your Work?

This midweek I'm thinking about editing. 

Some may feel that they are not capable of editing someone elses work, but everyone can contribute something when it comes to fixing up a paper. 

Some may just pick up simple things, plot-holes and such. And some may go through the work thoroughly. 

You don't have to take all of the advice given, but it's good to take heed and see what they're saying. Sometimes what they catch can be useful, even if you don't use all the input they give. 

Sometimes you want a really professional opinion, and sometimes you just want a readers perspective. 

I guess the point that's different with this post, from other editing posts I've done, is what part of the editing I'm thinking of. 

Any edits can be good, and push you more in the direction of a polished manuscript, but you don't want to get just one opinion. Unless they are an author that's been in this and has a pretty good idea of what they're doing. 

There are a lot o…

Do You Get Overwhelmed?

So the poll said I should keep doing the written blog. 

Which is cool. I like this format. 

The video would have been interesting, but I can still do it, grow the YouTube channel in a different way. 

But as a writer, this is probably the best format to express thoughts anyway. 

So, I was thinking  and listening to podcasts, and reading articles about the industry. 

And I got to a question. 

Do you get overwhelmed by all this info? Like, does it bombard you? 

This one did that, that one does it this way. Did you hear? Oh, he's a blah blah, and such. 

I see how it can drive someone crazy. 

I had to take a break from the news because of a similar reason. I didn't want to hear all the crap anymore. 

Is this similar? I mean, you can glean a ton of info from these articles and such. Even if some is negative, just look past it. Take what you need. 

But what about those starting out? They are new to the game and might take the wrong bit of advice.

What do you think? Do you get overwhelmed by all …

Blog or Vlog?

Not sure what to do here.

While I love the format of blogging, basically a colloquial writing of my thoughts, for the most part ending with a question for anyone, there is a point where you realize some, if not most, may prefer to catch a quick video version instead of having to read words. 
And while doing both sounds cool, with the work load and family, plus actually writing, it can become a harrowing feat.
If I didn't have to put in much thought, it would be easier. But there has to be some level of thought to come up with ideas three times a week that people can relate to. 

Coming up with content last minute is akin to dreading going back to work the next day after a weekend when you are half asleep and realize you have to post something the next day. 
So my question today, along with a possible poll on Twitter, is this: Should I continue with the writing format of these posts, or do a video? The video may sometimes be edited, or sometimes live. What would you prefer? Assuming ther…

How Do You Edit

A writing bud, David Wilson, who I just had the honor of speaking to on Gary Buller and my show, did an edit on a story I am working on for an anthology. 

He brought to my attention a yearning within to learn as much as possible about grammar and all the technical terms. I know this is boring to a lot. But in some strange way, I do feel an affinity towards this knowledge. 

To edit my own work would be so awesome. To get it to the point where an editor looks at it and may need to swipe her pen once or twice here and there. 

Can't beat that. 

It saves time. 

Another writer friend, Steve, has a great article up on his site. Check it out here: Steve Casey The Best Self Editing Tips Every Writer Needs to Know

I guess this Wednesday, my question to you all is this: Do you self edit, or have someone else edit your work? And with others editing, do you heed their advice, or laugh and continue with what you feel is right? 

Leave your awesome comments down below, or on Twitter @Wcmarchese 

Hope to…

Implied Actions

What do you see? 

She shook his hand.

When you just say she shook his hand, you see that in your mind. You have a preconceived notion of what that entails. 

You may want to add things,  like he turned his hand to the side, fingers splayed as though dropping the proverbial mic. The other man turned his in the opposite direction,  gripped firmly and squeezed. 

That could be a secret handshake of some sort. 

While not perfect examples of this, I am trying to show that you can build a base off of what people already know in their minds and then add to it to dress it up for whatever you're trying to show. 

Everyone has a movie screen in their head, they see everything you tell them to see from your words. The trick is to see what they're seeing and write to get that vision as crisp as possible. 

Just remember, there is always an implied action, something you don't have to explain because it's obvious it has to happen. 

He lifted his hand and scratched his head. 

Obviously you don…

Every One Of Us

This week I am thinking about something that is on the minds of many. Some wield this something to hurt others, or to attempt to help. But it comes up, over and over, blatantly in social media, or embedded in fiction. I'm talking about politics. As I’ve said in prior posts, I don’t get involved. It’s just too messy of a subject to talk about. You will offend someone. And I know there are those who don’t care either way. And that’s on them. They fall into many categories, but two that come to mind are those who have made it far in their career and it won’t hurt them financially at their point in life, or those who are starting out and think they will make the world look at them because they think they are on the winning team. As if the politicians even care.  Personally, either way, to me, is bad. 
I cut some out of this post, because it's about inspiration and creation. I'm not going to bombard you with what I feel about the whole political thing, but I will say just look. Do th…