“What on Earth was he listening to when he wrote this?”

Michael Estrin, author of Murder and Other Distractions, joins us to talk about how music helps him write. Here’s Michael: I am not what you would call a “music person.” You probably figured that out because I put “music person” in quotes. I’ve always been this...

Using My Words – Outlining

I wasn’t much of an outliner in school. Any required outlines were made after the paper was written. It felt a lot like “showing your work” in math – something else I wasn’t a big fan of. I never understood why the right answer wasn’t enough for them. Working on...
Using My Words – Swimming

Using My Words – Swimming

What does swimming have to do with writing? I’ve got three kids. Loud ones. I’ve got a wonderful wife. I’ve got a full-time job. I’ve got two dogs. This is all great, but you know what I don’t get a lot of? Quiet. With all this, even when nothing is going on,...
Using My Words – Free Books

Using My Words – Free Books

I’ve paid for advertising on book blogs. I’ve targeted ads on special interest blogs. I’ve paid for Adwords and Facebook ads. I’ve done interviews. I’ve done guest blogs. I even did a post for cnngo.com. I recorded a character interview. I have two blogs. I have over...

Using My Words – Reviews II

Before the whole paid reviews thing popped in the NYT a few weeks ago I fully intended to write a post about reviews that was geared more to how I cope with them. Reviews are great. I love em when they are good. I try to learn from them when they are poor. I knew...

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