Thinking twice before publishing

A reader doesn’t know what’s in the heart of the author, but can only tell by what’s put on paper or delivered to the screen. That’s why it’s essential to make sure written communication is transparent and says what it is supposed to. A slight omission here and there may produce the wrong meaning, although the writer has good intentions. Looking back, I know I have done this sometimes, but since I’m more aware of it, I am aiming to make sure my work always says what it’s supposed to.

Commercial or independent

Does one’s ideas have commercial or independent potential? One’s archive of ideas may suggest one is heading in a commercial or independent direction, and an idea that has fully bloomed may suggest one way or other.

Though it is not always the writer’s will that is paramount on deciding if he will be a commercial or independent screenwriter as screenwriters are at the mercy of the demands of their own country’s parochial industry, be that independent.

However, wannabe novelists can send their prospective work to either a commercial or independent publisher from the outset so they have more choice than screenwriters who don’t live in Hollywood.

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The maturing of ideas

Ideas are written down, somewhere, somehow. The first idea I wrote down was pretty imaginative and ideasy, but I wouldn’t say the idea was ‘mature’. It had to grow somehow or be used in the appropriate way, be that I could make it in something good with the appropriate traditional publisher or if a script the right producer, or go the self-publishing route and all that entails for the author, or hit the delete button, if all else fails. But sometimes ideas just sit there and flounder and do nothing. This is good because they are left to grow as the writer grows as a writer and an author.

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Is one ready to be an author?

There’s always in the back of the mind of a writer of shorter material the time when he’ll be an author and gets the book contract. But does one really want to do that? The book signings, the author meet and greets, the interviews…the general busyness over your book? And does one really like reading books anyhow, the longer stuff that is? Can a writer be satisfied with the niche he already has and make the most of it, as much as possible? And not put all his eggs in the writing basket?

Why writers change the sounds of words

During my daily reading I came across a real doozy of a word.


Out came the dictionary–the print one and not the online one. Then I realized why I didn’t get it. It’s a non-word, being used for effect in the book I was reading.

The writer of the book I was reading was using the beautiful sounding pachydermic for his adjective although the dictionary refers to the clumsy sounding pachydermatous as the correct adjective.

No wonder he used pachydermic instead of pachydermatous, though.

Pachydermic is not really a word, but sounds so nice to include in print. Why use the clumsy sounding pachydermatous when you could use the non-word but beautiful pachydermic? A no-brainer.

Pachydermic, as it is spelt in the book I was reading, isn’t there in my dictionary,

So, to sound nice, turn pachydermatous into pachydermic. Tweak it! This is why writers like to change the sounds of their words.