Writing Is Easy

8:44 AM Elizabeth Seckman 45 Comments


Writing is so hard it's easy...

Easy to ignore.
Easy to abandon.
And writers be so crazy...
Crazy enough to equate ease with talent.
Crazy enough to forget it's a business.
Hopefully, we have friends who will remind us...
Treat writing like a job.
A job?
What a novel idea!
Here's the thing:
Write when you don't feel like it.
Market when you'd rather stick needles in your eyes.
Wash, rinse, repeat.






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Rememeber: Full Dark is now available!! 

100% of the proceeds go to the Gary Sinise Foundation, which provides support to our heroes- our first responders, military, and police officers. As we watch the horror in New York where a terrorist turned a truck into a weapon, we're reminded once again how much we rely on our people in uniform to keep us safe. And when we're not safe, they are right there, on the front lines, putting themselves at risk to help. 


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What happens in the dark will come to light.
Full Dark is a collection of eleven short works with impressive depth and range. Twisted tales of ghosts, villains, and the paranormal await you—mystery, heinous fantasy, and pure suspense. Acclaimed and award-winning authors as well as a few talented newcomers have joined forces to be your guide. Venture into the dark if you dare.


Just A Matter Of Time by Loni Townsend
Forerunner by David Powers King
Taking Care Of You by Carrie Butler
The Apartment by Lisa Buie-Collard
The Caricature by Nick Wilford
Shifting Sands by Elizabeth Seckman
Shadows Falling On Rainbows by Celeste Holloway
Meringue, Murder or Marzipan by Tonja Drecker
Haunted Lake by Michelle Athy
Soul Coin by Laura Rich
Retribution by Melissa Maygrove

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FULL DARK is a benefit anthology. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that does many wonderful things for our country's active military, its veterans, and the countless first responders who sacrifice so much to keep us safe.

Publisher: Obsidian Books
Official release date: October 30, 2017
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9960397-4-1

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45 comments:

  1. I hate needles so I'd much rather write!
    Congratulations to all of you on the release of Full Dark.

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  2. Congratulations on the release of Full Dark! Loving "Writing is so hard it's easy..." Sums it up perfectly! Have a super month, Elizabeth.

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  3. I love this post. Everything you have said sums up a writer's attitude and frame of mind. We should treat writing like any other job and write everyday whether the muse turns up or not.

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    1. I learned that lesson the hard way. I wasted a large chunk of work time with a bad work attitude.

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    1. Ooopsy, can't spell.

      Can the needle go in my arm and not my eye? Then maybe I'll take it over marketing lol Congrats to all!

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    2. I can't spell either!

      I'm not so sure about the needle in the arm. That could lead to even more problems. :)

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  5. Got my copy and am looking forward to reading it. After I pull the needles from my eyes, that is. ;)

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  6. The thought of poking needles in my eye is enough to keep me plugging away at writing :-) I've picked up a copy of Full Dark. Looking forward to reading it.

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    1. Thanks for grabbing a copy. I hope you enjoy it.

      Needles in the eyes are never fun...better to be writing.

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  7. Congrats on Full Dark!!!
    And yes, marketing is like sticking needles in my eyes every time. I mean, it's slightly better, I guess. :)
    I love that quote by Kafka.

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    1. You're right. A needle to the eye is slightly worse.

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  8. Congrats on Full Dark!! I can't wait to read it. You guys are awesome for putting this together for such a great cause.

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    1. It is a great cause. They're all over-worked, underpaid, and often unappreciated until a disaster strikes.

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  9. Know what you mean, Elizabeth, about this writing business. Completing a writing course at that moment, so making myself write in this way! Well done with the anthology, a wonderful idea.

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    1. I'm going to take a course in January. There is always something new to learn.

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  10. Congratulations on the anthology and I love the first quote you have on your blog today. A professional writer is an amateur who didn't quit.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G @ EverythingMustChange

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  11. Yay for Full Dark making a splash in blog land today.

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  12. Loved the quotes. Am trying to schedule at least a little writing for me vs. my job. Will shout out about the anthology on Monday.

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    1. I got the Novlr app.I can set whatever daily goal I want and track my progress. I enjoy seeing some results quickly...everything else moves so slowly in the writing world.

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  13. Definitely need to treat writing and marketing as a full time all round job. I tried it once and didn't get very far, I am so impressed with those of you who do.

    Looking forward to reading Full Dark, sounds like some really good stories there.

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    1. I think you should write a book of anecdotes and sprinkle in your recipes. Sage wisdom...on food and life.

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  14. Well said. Thank you. Happy Wednesday Elizabeth :)

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  15. I don’t think I could ever forget it’s a business. lol I know better now. ;)

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    1. Sometimes I stick my head in the sand and throw a mental temper tantrum about it. It never helps.

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  16. Gary is so awesome. I love the charity work he does. We got to see him in concert at a conference in Chicago.

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  17. I'm trying to make writing is a business. Does that count?

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  18. I think I'd rather take the needle to the eye...

    The anthology sound terrific. After the sweet things you said on my blog about my book, how could I NOT buy it? I'm looking forward to reading it, and it's in support of a terrific cause. Can't lose!

    Happy November, dear lady, and have a super weekend.

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    1. All truths. I still can't believe you said it wasn't exciting. But I think you're awesome, so I won't harass you for it.

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  19. Good luck with the new release. Scary stories give me nightmares. No really, they do. That's why I can't do horror or blood and guts. I like the cozy mystery best. But Elizabeth, I love your little saying at the beginning. So concise. So pithy. Now if I can only do it...

    All best to you!

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    1. None of these are scary. More like psychologically dark stories.

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  20. I don't know what to do with free time anymore. What is it?

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    1. That's what I tell my husband- writing may not earn me a ton of cash, but it consumes all my free time and I don't do things like shop or decorate.

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  21. Congrats on the release! Writing is easy to avoid, that's for sure. LOL

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    1. We are more creative at avoiding work than making up stories on our bad days.

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  22. So true and such a great reminder!

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  23. You know, the needles do sound more appealing than the marketing... :)

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