Dave Duggins is an experienced, professionally published short story author. He's a writer, like you in the trenches, bashing out pages, living and working as you do. He's the editor behind the colorful and melodramatic covers of Spacesuits and Sixguns, a contemporary pulp fiction magazine. And he's rounded out a 20-year career in the US Air Force, where he's spent the past 15 years learning effective mentoring and leadership techniques as only the military can teach them.
Nowadays Dave balances freelance work with a full-time job as a technical writer for a software company and blogs at www.daveduggins.com, where you'll find plenty of writing encouragement and advice.
To this unique blend of practical skills add enthusiasm, a nurturing mentality, love of the craft, respect and admiration for its practitioners in all their many guises, and unrelenting positivity. All that's missing from the equation is you.
Dave Duggins discusses his roles as a writing coach, CEO of Voidgunner Press and the publisher and editor of an online magazine, along with the challenges and rewards of wearing these many creative hats.
Recommended writing resources to help you learn the rules, explore genre writing, express creativity, and publish your work.
I was raised with the idea that you have to work hard to get what you want. You have to struggle.
How do you ignore critical people and not let them discourage you into not doing anything creative?
Interview with Daniel Dociu of ArenaNet on the creative process and making a living as an artist.
What to do with the fears surrounding your writing life.
Listen in on the advice of three ghostwriting experts. Learn about this severely misunderstood profession which conjures up images of minimally talented hacks slaving away under sweatshop conditions, turning out book after spiritless book.
First: give up now and you'll give up for the rest of your life. You're teaching yourself to fail.
If you learn the rules of the writing craft, then you'll know how to effectively break them. Pay attention to what the rules are for, and who teaches them to you.
Uncompleted projects are not failure. They are an opportunity for reflection, increased understanding and positive change.
A quick two-step exercise you can use to take a conscious look at your preferences and passions.
And useful information about print on demand (POD) publishing.
No other profession leaves you as vulnerable as writing.
If my writing experience could be summed up in one phrase, it's this: publishing is not the be-all, end-all of your entire existence.
it seems appropriate that I write about beginnings the blank page, and the first words that grace it; the blank canvas, and the first tentative sketches; the block of stone before the first stroke of the chisel.
It's never too early to start your writing career even if you don't know anything about book writing or publishing.
I LOVE to write, but find that I start things and never finish.
There is no fame when you're in your writing space bashing out a thousand words a day. Still, do what you love and the money will come.
David Duggins is a writer and CG artist who's been thrashing around in the genre fiction pool for almost thirty years. ...
Interview with Writing Coach David Duggins
Listen: Answers are Already Within
Dealing with Critical Blockheads
Gaming Design: Interview with Daniel Dociu
Fear: The Greatest Power in Your Life
How to Find Work as a Ghostwriter
Why Learn 'the Rules' of Writing?
Projects: Methods, Medium, Mindset
Revealing Intimate Details About Your Life
Is Selling Short Fiction Easy?
On Starting ... Shall We Begin?
Best Starting Point: First Stages of Writing