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Dramatic Writing Soundtrack (w/vocals)

Dramatic Writing Soundtrack (w/vocals)

Sometime You Need Vocals Playlist by DMB Here’s my playlist for my Pirate Publishing Blog. With this writing soundtrack, I went for high drama. I wanted songs all about tension and emotion, and for my two cents, tension and emotion are driven home by lyrics and vocals. While vocals can sometimes be distracting, I find…

Own Your Assets, At All Levels

Own Your Assets, At All Levels

Last week’s post addressed the effects that an increasingly commoditized and leveraged publishing industry is having on the stories that are being produced and sold via the “all-you-can-read” buffet for readers and the ad-spend driven battle-dome for writers. As promised, this week we’re gonna drill down more on what the heck we can do about…

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

Why There Can’t be Another Harry Potter

(Or at least there can’t be another Harry Potter within the current publishing infrastructure.) Not too long ago, I had lunch with a gentleman who played a significant role in the commercial success of Harry Potter while serving as an informal advisor to Scholastic. His was and is a fascinating story. With the changes that…

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Pirate Authors are Better Humans

Living life is messy. You’ve probably noticed, people are effed up. The good news? If you’re willing to get messy, connecting with people ain’t that hard. StoryShop has come forward with a call to action called #JoinTheStory that essentially challenges all of us to take back our narratives and openly explore each others’ narratives. In…

The Pirate Author Defined

The Pirate Author Defined

Pirate Publishing takes our narratives back from the Information Dealers who profit on human fear and hatred and calls pirate authors to #jointhestory.

Recipe

Recipe

Decorate with dashes of color, sparkles and swirls of wit, insight, and sweeps of emotion.

7 of Pentacles

7 of Pentacles

Harvest-time is near, yet still they seed and plant…

The Zero And The One

The Zero And The One

If you’re of a certain age, you’ve probably had a Disparaging SomeOne at school, intending to hurt, call you a Zero…

Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive

Scene Structure: Proactive and Reactive

Photo by Milada Vigerova on Unsplash Unless you’re working on microfiction, flash fiction, or very short stories, your plots will almost always require you to write multiple scenes. When I say ‘scene’, I’m talking about a specific segment of a larger story that contains its own miniature story arc. Scenes can flow one into the other or be…