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Don Maker

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Corpus Christi, Texas, The United States


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I spent 20-odd years (well, some of them were certainly odd) as a marketing and communications executive. After an early retirement, I obtained teaching credentials to teach English and Public Speaking at the secondary level, as well as a Small Business Management class at an adult education center. During all of those year, I tried my hand at writing on and -- mostly -- off.

I'm now a retired teacher and a freelance writer. I'm an active member of the California Writers Club, Mt. Diablo Branch of (meaning I actually make some money from my writings), where I serve as Chair of the Luncheon & Workshop Committee. Most of what I do for pay is non-fiction.

Early in my writing career I wrote poetry and short stories. Now I write screenplays an

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Don Maker Frankly, I have never had "writer's block". What that implies to me is that you are trying to write one particular story, and you have a problem going…moreFrankly, I have never had "writer's block". What that implies to me is that you are trying to write one particular story, and you have a problem going from point D to point E. You started it, but where to go next? Why have I never had this problem?

There are two solutions. First, a strong synopsis. I don't try to write the story all the way through, just plot out different things that might happen in this "what if" scenario. Where do I want it to end? How do I get there? Most of my synopses are at least 15 pages. Then I start filling out other logical scenes that I need to connect some of the unconnected scenes. While I am creating the synopsis, sometimes certain scenes or bits of dialogue, or necessary character traits that need to be present, occur to me. I write those down, and then flesh them out. Gradually, the entire novel develops.

The second is keeping at least three stories going at the same time. Some writers have trouble getting one going. If so, you are probably constraining yourself. Just because you are writing a novel, a play, whatever, does that mean you can't be thinking of another story? Even if I have half a dozen things going (which I actually do right now), I always look for another idea. Why? Because if I'm bogged down in one, I am frequently getting ideas for one of the others. So what if it takes me three years to finish one novel? I generally finish one major work every six months, simply because I have so many things going on. And what about the times I just don't have anything at all to be working on that is really new and exciting? I go back to those stories on the back burner and revise, revise, revise.

For me, there is no such thing as "writer's block". There is only what I happen to be working on today, and perhaps as well tomorrow, and what I will switch to when that is not working for me.(less)
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I am pleased to announce my latest novel, "The Grindstone", will be available Saturday, Sep. 12. For 5 days, it should be downloadable in the Kindle version at no cost. Thanks for giving it a look! Read more of this blog post »
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Description: In the mid-1950s, during the days before the NFL became a mega-corporation, franchise fees and player salaries were very low. Rufus Ruggio, sports editor of The New York Chronicle, can’t stand the way Georg Rockburner, millionaire owner of the local professional football team, runs his operation. Rufus and the other members of the Poker Pack, his regular Saturday night buddies who drink, swap sports stories and play poker badly, decide to start their own team. After twenty-four years in the sports news business, Rufus knows that professional sports is all about entertainment, and embraces all shady deals, crazy promotions and low-budget tactics to field a franchise. Can the motley group of former players and future wannabes overcome their own ineptitude, not to mention the playing conditions, racial discrimination and lack of public interest during that era to survive, let alone win a few games? THE JERSEY JUPITERS give it their best shot.
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Description: Frank Lerner is a man who never had a childhood. Tommy is a boy who lost his parents in infancy. They both have emotional and psychological handicaps that make it hard for them to understand, let alone deal with the world around them. Supported by Frank’s wife, Maria, and her mother, Abuela, the father and adopted son must learn how to cope with people and problems, including school, racism, gangs, bullies, and their own personalities. As they meet each difficulty life sends their way, Frank teaches Tommy to fight back in a positive, constructive way.
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