Warpy Music

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] This isn’t strictly about writing, but it’s something I incur often enough doing research that it’s been on my mind lately. One of the most common connections I have noticed while waiting on hold (on the phone) is that the vast majority of music used …

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Rules for Writing

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[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] Robert Heinlein’s rules appeared in an essay “On the Writing of Speculative Fiction (1947).” The publishing industry has changed a great deal, but the thought behind most of these are still perfectly valid. Heinlein’s Rules for Writing You must write. You must finish what …

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Hard Facts for First Novelists – Seriously?

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[Originally posted on my previous website, michael dot sirois dot com] I ran across a Canadian website the other day which offered a scenario for what would happen during the process of writing a novel, “from inspiration to final royalty cheque.” You can read the rest of the original document (a PDF, 69 kb) here, …

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Why I Waited So Long

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] I’ve been writing all my life — plays, poetry, short stories, work-related writing, even a few stabs at novels — often with the thought of being published or produced, but I didn’t fully commit to it until five or six years ago. My excuse was …

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Contests

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] As a former actor, I understand the trials of marketing oneself (and accept them, begrudgingly). Many of the things we do in life are contests of a sort. Job interviews are a competition against others to see who will win the prize of being hired. …

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3-Day Novel Contest

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] Yes, I know. I’m crazy. The idea of the 3-Day Novel Contest is to start writing at midnight when the Labor Day weekend begins (five days from now), and finish and upload your novel for judging before midnight on September 3rd. It’s like writing a …

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What If…? (Rush Hour Traffic)

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] Disclaimer, regarding the post below: No, I wasn’t texting and posting while driving. I wrote this in the present tense after the fact. It’s about 3:30 pm, and I’m on I-45, the freeway in Houston that runs north and south through downtown. South of downtown …

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What If…?

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[Originally posted on my former blog, Michael Runs the Gamut] The most common question writers get asked is “where do you get all your ideas?” Every writer has a different answer, but many times what happens is the author read or heard or saw something that sparked an idea, and that usually followed by them …

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