Monthly Archives: July 2012

Writing on the iPad

If you touch type, and you want to do any serious writing on the iPad, you need a keyboard. There are numerous Bluetooth keyboards out there made specifically for the iPad, most in the $50 to $100 range, some of them even quite nice. But if you already have a camera connector kit for the iPad, then you can skip the expensive keyboard and just use a USB keyboard. You can even use a wireless USB keyboard, as I demonstrate in this video…

They keyboard I’m demonstrating, I picked up at Target for $10.

Flash Fiction as a Mini Vacation from a Novel

I wrote something over ten years ago about how, when writing a new novel, I always seem to choke about a third the way through. No matter how well it's going, I suddenly get sick of it. It's too familiar. It's boring. It's a failure. No one will like it.

Well, all that may be true, but I'm too close to it to tell for sure, and besides it doesn't matter — rewriting is where all the magic happens.

I've been through this enough to know the drill. And so now it's suddenly happened to the novel I was — until recently — all so fired up about, I know it's time to step back and take a little break.

One thing to do is to write some Flash Fiction, and so I did. And it helps. So that's probably what I'm going to do for a month or so while this current novel (which is one of three I have going) chills off a bit. I may go back into it, or I may leap back into one of the other two. I'm hoping I can get back into this one, because out of the three this is the one I was the most excited about, but we'll see.

Until then, Flash Fiction is a great little mini vacation for my brain. Plus it gives me new material for the front page of my main website.

Do you find this happens to you?

More or less than awesome?

Would you say these are in the correct order of escalation?

    1. Excellent
    2. Awesome
    3. Spectacular
    4. Extraordinary
    5. Unbelievable

Just curious.