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The Writer’s Dictionary

Writer [rahy-ter] noun:

Someone who writes.


Getting Published [get-ting pub-lished] verb (used with object):

The act of making a piece of writing public.

Getting published indicates that someone else is doing (some of) the public-making.

Self Publishing [self pub-lish-ing] verb:

The act of making a piece of writing public.

Undertaken for a host of reasons including financial, creative, and personal.


Good Writing [good ry-ting] adjective and noun:

They finished it.


Criticism [krit-e-sizem] noun:

They didn’t like it.


Getting Paid [get-ting payd] verb (used with object):

Deriving some benefit from your writing whether cash, barter, product placement.

Or beer.


Success [suhk-ses] noun:

Now, you didn’t think we were going to define success for you, did you?


Fans [fanz] noun:

They told you they liked it (see, good writing).


Haters [hay-terz] noun:

Think they could have done it better (see, criticism).


Sales [sayles] noun:

Determined by the following formula: Desire of the purchaser divided by the price of the product, multiplied by the product availability to the power of the author’s karma….

Okay, we don’t know what the formula for sales is.

But if you figure it out, let us know, who’s your buddy, huh?


Editor [ed-i-ter] noun:

Someone who has seen the next draft of your work, in their mind.


Proof Reader [proof-reed-er] noun:

Hopefully a discreet fellow. Someone who knows that we all make mistakes.


Memoir [mem-wahr] noun: What happened to you.

Novel [nov-uhl] noun: What happened to you on some level.

Poetry [poh-i-tree] noun: What happened to you with different punctuation.

Non-Fiction [non-fik-shuhn] noun: What happened to you and a bunch of other people.


Networking [net-wur-king] verb:

Always a good idea.


Belief in Oneself [bih-leef in wuhn-self] noun:

Also, always a good idea.

Especially when you are trying to figure out if

you belong among the things you love.

Which clearly you do.


Book Architecture:

A Method for organizing and revising a manuscript.

 

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