For the next couple weeks, I’m giving serious answers to the questions in my humorous post The Top 10 Things People Say to Writers, and How You Should Respond. So when … Continue Reading Hook Me Up, Man
Be original! It’s one of those rules of writing that as an author, you’re going to hear at least 5,000 times in your writing life, along with such seasoned bits … Continue Reading Originality?
If you want to write stories and sell them, there’s something you already know, or if you haven’t gotten that far yet, you will eventually learn: writing is a business. … Continue Reading We’re In the Showing Off Business
I’m knee-deep (more like waist-deep, but I’m trying to get down to the knees) in editing/revising right now, trying to get a book polished up and ready to go for … Continue Reading Editing Hell
Here’s an interesting topic for discussion: what is creativity? And, more importantly, where does creativity come from? For the sake of this discussion, I’ll clarify that I mean “artistic creativity.” … Continue Reading The Gift
Of all the silly, outrageous things publishers and agents ask of you when submitting your book, the most silly, outrageous request of all is the one-page synopsis. If you’ve ever … Continue Reading The One-Page Synopsis
This past March, I celebrated the second anniversary of my first book being published. It’s not the first thing I had published, but it was my first full-length book and … Continue Reading Making It In the Writing World
This post might be a little hard to swallow for some. I know when I read up on this subject it opened my eyes to a lot of things I … Continue Reading The Role of Luck In Author Success
I was trying to come up with a topic for today’s post, and as I sometimes do, I asked my cat what I should write about. As she always does … Continue Reading Our Favorite Toys
I’ve been writing for a lot of years. Way, way too many years (I’m old, folks). Sometimes it’s funny to look back on those years and reflect on the attitudes … Continue Reading Never Say Never
I’ve discovered lately, and maybe you already know this as a writer, that when you actually make yourself focus and write, the more you can write, and sometimes even much … Continue Reading The Joy In Doing
I’ve had a lot of writing tools over the years. I started out in high school writing in notebooks. I got a manual Brother typewriter for Christmas when I was … Continue Reading The Evolution Of Writing Tools
For most of my writing life, I’ve been a pretty single-minded author; that is, I only work on one project at a time. Writing a book is a task that … Continue Reading Multitasking For The Creative Author
Every Monday for the #MondayBlogs tag I try to talk about some technical aspect of writing. Today, I’m going to talk about the difference between villains and my favorite character … Continue Reading The Good, The Bad, And Somewhere In Between
If you’re a published author, even if you’re a multi-published author, even if you’re making a living off writing, there’s a truth all writers share from beginner to pro: the … Continue Reading Who Are You Writing For?
If you’ve been writing for any reasonable length of time, and the people around you know that you write, you’ve probably heard the question: where do you get your ideas … Continue Reading The Idea Fairy
Many years ago, I wrote under a different pseudonym, in a somewhat different genre, and had a modicum of success. The name was Lydia Nyx, if you’re curious, but it … Continue Reading The Language Of Writing
I’m going to admit something today that will probably get me shunned. Something that some of you may have a hard time accepting. I fully understand if you want to … Continue Reading I Just Don’t Care
This week is Thanksgiving in the US, and for that reason it’s time to reflect on what I’m thankful for when it comes to writing. Feel free to tell me … Continue Reading A Writer’s Gratitude
All my full-length novels are part of a series. I’ve never written a ‘stand alone’ book (at least not one I’ve published) and I don’t know if I will in … Continue Reading How Long Should A Series Be?