Friday, January 30, 2015
Thursday, January 29, 2015
When one of Emily’s gifts captures the attention of an avid journalist, her identity as the town’s anonymous benefactor—and her renewed relationship with her high school sweetheart—are threatened.
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
- Advertising (business cards, brochures, fliers)
- Bad debts (if someone has owed you for more than two years, and you can show proofof trying to collect it.
- Car expenses (can take actual expenses prorated, or mileage deduction allowed by IRS. Keep track of all your miles—anything connected with writing.
- Commissions—agent, etc..
- Depreciation—office equipment that cost over $100 and is expected to last over a year. (This can be taken over several years or all the first year.)
- Insurance—on rented office; or if you have an office in the home, you can take a portion of theinsurance.
- Interest—credit card used solely for your business, i.e., office supply store or airline.
- Legal & professional expenses—portion of tax preparation re: self-employment; if you pay someone to look over a contract, or to try to collect money owed you.
- Office expense—anything you do to your office, i.e., decorating, repairs (carpet, drapes), etc.
- Rent or lease—business equipment. However; if you end up buying the equipment then you may have to go back to the first year and show depreciation for the time you had it.
- Repairs and maintenance—repairs on your equipment, or a maintenance agreement.
- Supplies—office supplies (buy two sets—one for business, one for household).
- Taxes and licenses—related to your business.
- Travel—plane tickets, rental cars, cab fares, parking fees, tolls, etc.
- Meals and entertainment—taking a writer to dinner, baseball game, concert, etc., or your own meals if you stay overnight.
- Utilities—for a rented office, or if you have an office in your home, you can prorate your utilities.
(The above deductions are placed line by line on your Schedule C. Those listed below are miscellaneous deductions that go on Part V—Other Expenses. You may have more. These are just some I deduct every year.)
- Telephone (landline only if you have a separate business line. Otherwise, you can deduct such things as Call Waiting, conference calls, long distance calls, cell phone [prorated] and don’t forget your Internet fees.)
- Books and publications—magazines you buy at newsstands or subscribe to for possible markets, or a newspaper you take solely for business.
- Printing and copies
- Cards and gifts
- Bank charges
- Camera/tape recorder (prorate if you also use them for personal use. Don’t forget repairs.)
- Subcontracting—If you pay someone to type or do research
- Dues for business clubs
- Loss—I sometimes have a loss on books sold
The Bible says to “Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s” (Matthew 22:21 kjv). Filing your income tax is required by law, but why pay more than you have to? Keeping good records and deducting what the government allows will help you be a better steward of the income you’ve received by spreading the gospel though the printed word.
Have you found legitimate deductions to add to this list? Will you share your favorite method for keeping records.
The author of 24 books and over 700 published manuscripts, including A Step in the WriteDirection—the Complete How-to Book for Christian Writers, Donna Clark Goodrich lives inMesa, Arizona, with her husband Gary. Also a freelance proofreader/editor and speaker, she enjoys helping beginning writers get started and encouraging advanced writers not to give up. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or www.thewritersfriend.net. She also blogs every Monday at: http://donna-goodrich.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Or perhaps you’re one of those rebels who don’t like rules. Besides, you say, readers don’t care about the so-called rules, or the craft of writing! They just want a rip-roaring good story.
Saying readers don't care about craft is like saying airline passengers don't care about aerodynamics. They do care, they simply trust that the person responsible for their particular flight knows how to harness aerodynamics in a way that allows them to enjoy the ride without giving a thought to aerodynamics.
Robert McKee, author of Story: Substance, Structure, Style, and the Principles of Screenwriting says this:
"Story is about principles, not rules. A rule says, 'You must do it this way.' A principle says, 'This works…and has through all remembered time.' The difference is crucial. … Anxious, inexperienced writers obey rules. Rebellious, unschooled writers break rules. Artists master the form."
You’ve probably heard it said that you must know the rules before you can break them. I believe many of the current conventions of writing––no-head-hopping, show-don't-tell, "invisible" attributions, judicious use of adverbs and adjectives, and the myriad other so-called rules of writing––are in fact the principles, of which McKee speaks. They’ve become “rules” because they are a means to the end of writing a story that engages readers and keeps the pages turning.
The no-head-hopping rule keeps the reader from being confused and allows her to go deep in one POV––the one deemed most important by the author––thus developing characterization and reader engagement.
The show-don't-tell rule turns a "story" into a film-like experience, setting the stage and giving the details of a scene in a way that makes the reader feel she is actually involved in the story.
The invisible attributions rule (get rid of attributions where possible; prefer said over retorted, exclaimed, etc.) helps the dialogue read more like a script, again, putting the scene onstage and, more importantly, forcing the author to write dialogue a reader can't help but "hear" with the right inflection. Minimizing attributions also allows for more beats, so the reader can more easily picture the action of the scene.
Judicious use of adverbs and adjectives forces the writer to use more active and specific verbs (which in turn, improves vocabulary and avoids repetition and redundancy.)
The rules of writing could more accurately be called tools of writing. As with any craft, when you are first learning to use the tools, they make the job a thousand times more difficult. But once you’ve mastered the tools, they make your job as a craftsman—and as a writer—infinitely easier. Because every legitimate writing "rule" exists for one reason: to help the writer accomplish what readers DO care about––a compelling story full of characters they care deeply about.
So instead of letting the rules of writing––and the contradicting advice you’re bound to encounter––bog you down, instead view those rules as tools of the craft. Some will serve you well, others you’ll purposefully choose to ignore, and a few you’ll use in creative ways that work perfectly for you. Because that’s what artists do.
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What will happen when novelist Madeleine Houser’s “pen pal” friendship with a lonely
|A January Bride by Deborah Raney|
Who can work in a house that's overrun by contractors and carpenters? Not Madeleine Houser, a successful novelist who gladly accepts the help of her octogenarian friend, Ginny, to arrange for a temporary office in the charming bed and breakfast owned by Ginny's friend, Arthur. Maddie’s never met the innkeeper—but a friendship grows between them as Maddie and Arthur leave messages for each other each day. To Maddie’s alternate delight and chagrin, she seems to be falling for the inn’s owner—a man who's likely many years her senior—and who she’s never even met.
Arthur Tyler is a college professor who lost his young wife to cancer. Together they ran the bed and breakfast where Art lives, but without his wife, the house is missing warmth and cheer. He jumps at the chance to have author Madeleine Houser use the space that was once filled with guests. He, too, begins to enjoy the daily exchanges with Maddie, but a series of misunderstandings lead him to believe she’s far from being a prospective date—even if he were ready to date again, which he’s not.
When Maddie and Art finally meet and discover one another’s identity, sparks fly. Even so, they each have obstacles to overcome in order for this winter romance to blossom.
Monday, January 26, 2015
Since that day, I have never stopped writing. To me, writing is as essential to life as breathing. I am convinced that, prior to the use of my trusty laptop, I killed a forest of trees on my quest to record all of the stories woven through my brain and my heart.
My life journey has led me to many destinations, including a three-decade career in education. I first spent several years working with special needs children before settling into teaching middle school math (go figure…the writer teaching algebra and loving it) and am currently seated as an intermediate school principal with six-hundred adorable and rambunctious children in my care. Add to that a loyal husband and beautiful daughter, and to say I juggle daily responsibilities is a gross understatement. But, what’s life without a boxcar’s worth of adventure tossed into the mix?
hearts...a special recipe...
Following the tragic, sudden death of her parents, Kate Spencer broke off her engagement from high school sweetheart Logan Daniels, just weeks before their wedding. She chose, instead, to remain in Mount Ridge, Tennessee to raise her younger sisters and help keep the family together. Now, with her sisters grown, she spends her days at family-owned Sweet Treats Bakery, hiding a wounded heart in the sweet confections she creates. Logan Daniels left town when Kate broke his heart, but now he's come home to claim what he lost four years ago, and he won't stop until he gets what he came for...Kate's kisses.
Friday, January 23, 2015
|C. Kevin Thompson|