Why writing reader-worth, money-worth pieces

January 5, 2012 | 4:48 pm | Journal: on writing |    0 comments

Every time I approach the writing of a novel, a short story or even just an article, I ask myself: WHY would a person buy my work? And HOW MUCH will a person be keen on paying for a piece of my work?

These questions are relevant to the writing activity itself, unlike many tend to think. At least, they are relevant when you write for business, be it an essay or a creative piece.

There are many things a person would like to see in a creative piece: a Valentine’s story, a special gift that made a significant other happy, a Mother’s Day celebration turning into an action drama… and so on.

When you write for business, say, an article on savings, you may want to provide helpful information that catches the reader’s attention: the cheapest but cute Valentine’s gifts available on the market, where to get Mom a nice Mother’s Day present, how to save up on purchases with Savings.com (it’s a site that provides discount coupons), etc.

As you can see, there are different approaches to similar topics, different viewpoints to write from, which make our work audience-worth and money-worth. It’s our best interest – and in the reader’s interest – to make a piece of writing worth the reader’s money: we wouldn’t buy something boring or too expensive compared to its quality, so why should other buy our low quality work too?

I know many young writers read this blog… I just wanted to offer some food for self-examination and growth here.

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Aresha, my unsuccessful NaNoWriMo for 2011

December 9, 2011 | 7:21 pm | Journal: fanfiction, NaNoWriMo, updates |    3 comments

This year my NaNoWriMo was not successful. Less than 20,000. I can’t complain, since the attempt gave me a new story to work on in my free time, but the fact I wasn’t able to work constantly left me with a sense of frustration in my chest.

The novel title is Aresha. I didn’t feel like updating this blog for the duration of the challenge – and I don’t wish to spoil the plot here anyway, but I can report what I wrote in my NaNoWriMo profile:

A 9-year old girl from another planet, Aresha, retained mentally-ill and confined into a hospital for life, finds herself lost on Earth for a weird destiny’s trick. The contact with a completely different species and culture, on which she only had a superficial knowledge, will open a breach in her lonely heart while her family tries to ‘save’ her from unknown dangers.

The novel was written entirely in Italian this time and, when I finish it, I don’t plan to publish it in English, unless I opt for self-publication. You understand that, in the former case, it’d be up to the Italian publisher to choose whether to allow an English version or not.

In other news, I gave one of my imaginary daughters – Asha (asha.bellachino.net) – a new pair of ZENNI eyeglasses for her 16th birthday. Asha is a Cardassian teenager (see StarTrek Wikia for a definition of ‘Cardassian’ – an alien species in Star Trek, to use a few words) appeared in one episode of Star Trek DS9, Cardassians, in which she’s an orphan girl found on Bajor after the Occupation ended. In my fanfictional family, Optimus Primal and I chose to adopt this girl because nobody cared about her. I had her need eyeglasses only because I fell in love with ZENNI designs and I wanted one of my family characters wear them.

More writing-related updates coming before Christmas.

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A few words on Straight Talk

October 21, 2011 | 5:01 pm | Journal: guest writers |    0 comments

This post brought to you by Straight Talk. All opinions are 100% mine.

I feel creative!

A lot. 🙂 Short stories and blog posts come out so easily these days. I’m happy with the creative burst, I don’t get it so often, especially when I spend two weeks in bed with influenza (sigh).

I will update you on my stories progress soon. 😉

Remember Tracfone and it’s cute cellphones? I wrote about them some time ago, and I think I mentioned Straight Talk too. You know, Straight Talk phones are not only famous in Robocity (I made my Robocitans blog about it, hehe), they’re also getting my personal favors. 🙂 Too bad I live in Italy, because with the ‘Unlimited Monthly’ plan, free 411 calls and web access, it sounds really appealing. Also, they mount one of my favorite OS’s: you can Feel Richer with Android, even on a low budget, as… it’s free to use. 🙂 And free of virus attacks too (yeah, not like Windows!).

And it also comes with a lot of fun apps and games. That’s the best part of the OS, trust me. The power of Android, the true one.

Look here, a video to better illustrate all I told you about Straight Talk:


The Straight Talk Image… by LittleBard95

I will update again in a few days.

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