What Damo wrote in 2014

Man. This was a pretty active blogging year for me. In fact it’s been an incredibly productive writing year in every way, but many of the fruits of that won’t be seen until 2015. In preparation for that I decided to take my home blog more seriously this year, partly out of curiosity to see how far I could grow its readership. And the answer was – a lot.

My top 10 posts of 2014 reflect the main topics I write about on the blog – writing technique, digital and independent publishing, sci-fi and fantasy fiction, buddhist philosophy and alternative spirituality. I’ve never sat down and thought about those categories, they’re simply my interests! They’re also much more interrelated than they might appear, as I explore in my essay on writing practice, the piece from this year I am most proud of. Writing is as much a part of my spiritual practice as meditation – something I’ll be talking about more in 2015.

Uhm…and I also published a pamphlet of very short, very weird stories. But. I haven’t told anyone but you yet. Shhh….keep it secret. Keep it safe.

The remarkable Neal Stephenson interview

FUCK YOU AMAZON! Fuck you for being right! Again!

Writing practice. Why it’s time to stop thinking of writing as a profession.

The Indie Sci-Fi Revolution

6 signs your novel may be pretty damn good

The DO’s and DO NOT’s of getting your book reviewed

Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hanh on the five spiritual principles that lead to true power

Amazon is not a bookseller, and why that matters for writers

Genre needs a lot more cruel and nasty reviews

The principle of digital abundance – thoughts on author earnings


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.


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