David Alastair Hayden

author of heroic fantasy adventure novels for adults and young readers
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My Writing Tools

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog, Handwriting, Writing Tips | 2 comments

As I mentioned in my previous post on My Top 6 “Systems” for Writing, I now write my first drafts by hand. This post is about  the tools I’m using for writing my first drafts and beyond. To learn more about my experiences with this in general check out Learning to Write Again. On Saturday, I completed the first draft of Storm Phase 4: The...

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Learning to Write Again

Posted by on Aug 12, 2014 in Blog, Fiction, Handwriting, Writing Tips | 4 comments

As I mentioned in my previous post on My Top 6 “Systems” for Writing, I now write my first drafts by hand. This post is about my experience so far with that method. If you want to learn about the tools I’m using for writing my first drafts and beyond, check out My Writing Tools. On Saturday, I completed the first draft of Storm Phase 4:...

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My Top Six “Systems” for Writing

Posted by on Jun 18, 2014 in Blog, DA Hayden, Typewriters, Writing Tips |

I’ve been thinking, like I do, about the machines, operating systems, apps, methods, and places I’ve written. It occurred to me that I’ve been writing seriously for thirteen (!) years now, and I have switched around a lot when it comes to systems and methods. I think this is normal for a lot of writers. When it comes to methods, you should...

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Are You Being a Passive Voice Patsy?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tips | 2 comments

Do you know passive voice when you see it? Can you pick up on it instantly? I wonder. Because if you’re an American and English is your first language, the answer is probably no.1 Though it’s not your fault if you don’t really know. Many times along the path between kindergarten and graduating high school, in college English and Creative...

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How To Help Your Favorite Authors

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tips |

This post was originally composed by Lindsay Buroker. As authors, we spend a lot of time trying to promote our books. Our biggest obstacle is obscurity because there are a lot of books out there. No, really. A lot. We like to think that good stories are all it takes to make it (in author terms “make it” usually means “become well known enough and sell...

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My Writing Process

Posted by on Aug 14, 2011 in Blog, Writing Tips |

This is excerpted from my interview with David Wisehart on Kindle Author. DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process? DAVID ALASTAIR HAYDEN: These days, I get up, climb the stairs to my office, and begin banging out a tale on one of my vintage manual typewriters, probably the Hermes Rocket or the Olympia SF or the Olympia SM-3, all from the 1950’s. (I...

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