Donald J. Claxton
For Writers, Readers, and Adventurists
Donald J. Claxton | Action-Adventure
Full-Frontal Nudity of the Soul™
I’m Donald J. “Donny” Claxton, and my writings seek to expose my full-frontal nudity of the soul™.
Many writers will tell you the chutzpa required for any writer to share emotions in their stories exceeds their perceived risk when exposing the full-frontal nudity of their soul.
In 2019, Ottessa Moshfegh toured book stores to support My Year of Rest and Relaxation. In Dallas, I explained the full-frontal nudity of the soul concept to her and asked how the concept applied to her book. Without hesitation, she replied, “There’s definitely some side-boob action going on.”
Creativity, life, love, and time are too short to squander. Did you know many writers anguish when not writing, reading, and sharing stories?
All writing requires maintaining a reader’s attention and keeping the expected from happening. Setups and payoffs make a story feel natural. However, they require planning. Subtle elements can change a story into a mystery, romance, or thriller. The proper characters in the wrong setting are a recipe for disaster.
Reading a novel may take one day to a few weeks. Writing a book often takes years.
Books! Books! Books!
Clicking on Reading List above opens the door to many book reviews. My site is still under development. I’m reformatting this section to make searching for books easier. (Full disclosure: Purchasing any product featured on the site may lead to my receiving an affiliate commission. But at no additional cost to you.)
For the 2021 holidays, you will find exceptional gifts ideas for book lovers and writers alike. And let us not forget the person who has everything. Mr/Ms/Mrs/Dr. So and So, who is almost impossible in gift-giving.
Medium.com, Instagram, et al.
Need Gift Ideas for that Reader, Writer, or That Someone Who Is Hard to Please?
Looking for gift ideas for the reader, writer, and special person in your life who is “complicated” to find something Santa cannot? I’ve curated a list of ideas for all three categories. (Note: These are affiliate links, which means, when you buy, I may earn a small commission at no expense to you.) But that special person(s) hard to please, receive a thoughtful gift that will make them swoon!
The Gift of Medium.comMedium is one of the largest platforms for writers and readers
I publish my writing on multiple social platforms for writers and readers. One such online oasis is Medium.com.
Most of my posts I place behind the paywall. Writing for Medium is one way I earn a living. Each post takes hours to draft, revise, proof, and check in ProWritingAid.com. Another great tool I use is the Hemmingway app, as it does well to point out paragraphs that need work. And of course, who would dare send anything out without using https://app.grammarly.com?
By the way, when I pulled up the URL for ProWritingAid.com, it shows a special 50 percent discount by ordering between today and the end of November 2021.
There are gazillions of stories across Medium about any subject you can imagine.
Join Me on Medium.com
Medium.com allows non-subscribers to read three free posts per month. But why not become a member? There are a couple of good reasons. Personally, I will earn a small commission of about $2.50 per month as long as you stay subscribed. Plus, for a mere $5 each month, you have unlimited access to my content, plus what the rest of the world submits as well! And there is a lot of good content to choose from!
– Rainer Maria Rilke
Letters to a young Poet
Books! Books! Books!
On the Reading List! page, you will find more than 155 novels I have read since December 2016.
There also is a list of the many craft-focused books I use for becoming a better writer. Drop-in on the comments section and share your own book ideas with our reading group!