5 Ways Writers Can Protect Against Data Loss

According to GDATA there were 1,017,208 new malware programs in the first half of 2010. In that six month period there was as many viruses as in the first nine months of 2009. Having just fought off a nasty virus that corrupted my Windows installation I can vouch that it is a danger that everyone should take measures to protect themselves against. As I mentioned last week, writers are increasingly keeping no hard copy of their work. In that situation, a major virus could wipe out months or even years of work. Here are some steps writers should take to safeguard their work. This is not about virus protection as I am assuming, as should you, that no matter how hard you try you will encounter a virus or other system failure at some point. Continue reading

Is Technology Endangering Our Writing Heritage?

Located in the South West of Kofu, Yamanashi, away from the hundred-year-old wineries and stunning waterfall, is the Yamanashi Prefectural Museum of Literature. Surrounded by low cost housing, and little else of interest, it is a strange location for a museum filled with Japanese literature heritage. Inside it contains a mix of originals and copies of drafts produced by some of Japan’s best-known writers. Continue reading

Why Windows 8 Will Be Bad for Barnes And Noble

With over 54% of the android tablet market in the US, and a fourth quarter sales of £137 million, the Barnes and Noble nook e-readers are a none Apple or Amazon success story. That success is great news for the retailer, and any writers associated with it, but the news that Microsoft has purchased a 17.6% share, in the newly created subsidiary Newco, could be bad for book sales. Continue reading

Writers, The Opening of Veins and Blood Soaked Pages

Everyone experiences melancholy, or rather everyone interesting does. When a builder experiences depression, they may only share it with a close friend, a partner o4r a doctor. When a writer feels sadness creeping over him he also tells his closest friend: the blank page. This does not make his suffering anymore important just more prominent. This can be a dangerous practice when producing work for others consumption. Pour your heart and depression across and into whatever makes you feel better the quickest but do not force that upon readers unless it has more to it than your emotions. Continue reading

What Writers Can Learn From Economics

Motivations are the key to any narrative. Get them right and readers will empathise with your character’s desires. Get them wrong and readers disengage early on. While reading Superfreakonomics, the sequel to the fantastic Freakonomics, the importance of motivations in economics struck me as a great lesson for writers. Continue reading