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Larry Kollar lives in north Georgia, surrounded by kudzu, trees, and in-laws. His day job involves writing user manuals — some of which may have been fiction, but not by intent. He has had short fictional works published in the Hogglepot Journal and the Were-Traveler. His first novel, White Pickups, is available, with more to come. For more of his strange fiction, and even stranger reality, visit his blog.

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Larry Kollar Sometimes, the best thing to do is just go with the flow. Close the book, walk away, do some other stuff. Give the ol' subconscious a little while to…moreSometimes, the best thing to do is just go with the flow. Close the book, walk away, do some other stuff. Give the ol' subconscious a little while to chew on things while you take care of other things.(less)
Larry Kollar If you have a story, write it down. That's the first thing. You have to finish the story before you can do anything else with it.

Next, I think the…more
If you have a story, write it down. That's the first thing. You have to finish the story before you can do anything else with it.

Next, I think the best piece of writing advice is from Kristen Kathryn Rusch: treat your writing like a business. Those six words imply a lot, though!

First off, it leads to the big question: traditional or self-published? That's a question everyone has to answer for themselves. Advantages include (if you break in): money up front in some cases; distribution can go to bookstores; you focus on the writing and let the publisher and agent handle the rest. Small presses don't require an agent, but research carefully before submitting… some don't do a very good job. If they require money up front, RUN!

If you're self-publishing, *you* are the publisher. You need to identify what you're good at, so you know what you can do (or learn) yourself and what you need to outsource. (Everyone needs to outsource the editing.) You should research your genre, to get a good idea of how well it sells. Romance, erotica, and horror are all popular right now; literary fiction gets awards but few sales. It gives you an idea of how much you can invest.

Either way, you're expected to do all the promotion yourself. If you aren't comfortable with that, there's another thing to outsource. :-P

But first, *write the story*. None of the above amounts to anything without the story!(less)
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I think a lot of us are relieved to see 2018 in the rear-view, and perhaps are directing a forest of Meaty Middle Fingers its way. But it had its moments. Charlie’s continuing to learn new signs, even if he isn’t speaking out loud yet, and is starting to put two-word sentences together (often things like “eat sandwich”). At any rate, the year ended well.

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“But look how strong our nation is!” she protested. “When men aren’t fighting for position and status, they devote their energies to the good of the nation, and we all benefit.”
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