Category Archives: On Writing

Postcards from New Zealand and Fiji (April 2016)

Scott William Carter   April 30, 2016  
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(A shot of Otago Bay from Larnach Castle in Dunedin, New Zealand.) Partly to celebrate our upcoming 20th anniversary in August, partly because the kids have wonderful grandparents who are happy to watch the kids for a few weeks, and partly because I’ve come to believe that these sorts of adventures are good for both the body and the soul,… Read more »

Two Reasons I Love Oregon, a Brief Update, and a Helpful Metaphor for Writers (And Other Creative Professionals) Struggling with How to Spend Their Time

Scott William Carter   March 25, 2016  
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Reason #1: Reason #2: The two pictures above were taken about a week apart, both in the heart of winter here in Oregon. The first was at Cape Lookout, a two and a half mile hike that juts almost straight out into the Pacific Ocean. We took the whole family in early January and it was warm enough, even with… Read more »

WR 450: Writing for Publication (Western Oregon University, Spring 2015)

Scott William Carter   February 12, 2015  

About a year ago, the English department at Western Oregon University (the day job part of my life) approached me about possibly teaching a course on writing and publishing — steeped in the kind of practical, nuts and bolts stuff that someone needs to know to write for publication today. I’m pleased to announce that it’s finally come together, and I’ll… Read more »

Winter Update: New Myron Vale book coming soon

Scott William Carter   February 6, 2015  

Just a quick winter update on multiple fronts. That picture at the top is from a little weekend getaway that Heidi and I took to the Nye Beach area of Newport, Oregon. We stayed in the fantastic Slyvia Beach Hotel, where every room is themed after a different author. I took the picture on the beach below the Yaquina Lighthouse…. Read more »

When Giving Away Free Books Is the Smartest Thing a Writer Can Do

Scott William Carter   September 2, 2014  

Nothing seems to stir up more disagreements among writers these days than all the issues related to pricing books. Unlike in traditional publishing, writers have lots of control about how they market their books on the indie side. And while there is no one-size-fits-all approach to pricing or marketing, it’s become pretty clear to me that few writers understand how… Read more »

A Few Thoughts on Kindle Un/Limited (and the Biggest Mistake Amazon Is Making With Writers)

Scott William Carter   July 20, 2014  

If you’re not familiar with Amazon’s new subscription service for ebooks, here’s two articles for background: http://gizmodo.com/should-you-get-amazon-kindle-unlimited-1607137417 http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/technology/review-amazon-unlimited-e-book-service-is-limited/2014/07/18/48ffa338-0eb5-11e4-b0dd-edc009ac1f9d_story.html  Those articles both offer more than a knee-jerk anti-Amazon response, which you’ll often find in the media, but both sum up what I’ve been hearing from readers: meh. Been thinking about this a lot for the past week, as the debate on… Read more »

A New Edition of The Dinosaur Diaries (and Some Thoughts About WIBBOW)

Scott William Carter   July 15, 2014  

My first short story collection, The Dinosaur Diaries and Other Tales Across Space and Time, has been republished by Flying Raven Press  (links to retailers below).  This is my own publishing company, of course, which gave me an opportunity to package the book in the way I really wanted it, with a snazzy new cover and everything.  The eighteen stories… Read more »

Presenter at North Coast Redwoods Writers’ Conference September 19-20

Scott William Carter   July 10, 2014  

Life is so busy these days I don’t have a lot of time for workshops and conferences.  However, a couple years ago I was a presenter at the North Coast Redwood Writers’ Conference in Crescent City, California and had such a good time that I couldn’t resist making a return appearance this year when I was invited to be a presenter…. Read more »