The longer you hang around the writing world, the more chances you’re going to run into someone who fancies themselves an expert. On what, you might ask? Writing books? Editing? … Continue Reading Substance
If you’re like most writers, it’s probably not actually your goal to linger in obscurity for the rest of your life. Yes, writing for the sake of writing is its … Continue Reading How To Write a Bestseller
I used to be a fan of The Walking Dead. I say “used to” because I thought the first 5-ish seasons were pretty good: solid storytelling, good characters, believable drama. … Continue Reading What’s Stopping You?
I need to confess something: I arrive late to everything that’s popular. All the things everybody gets really into–games, apps, trends, TV shows–I’m usually about six months behind in catching … Continue Reading The Man Maketh the Clothes
So, you’ve written a book. Now it’s time to edit and revise it–and a lot of that revision, you’ll find, consists of taking things away. Chopping out scenes, dialog, and … Continue Reading Trimming the Fat
If you’re a writer, you’re often going to hear people talk about the business of writing, and they’re going to say things like “you have to keep up with the … Continue Reading Keeping up with the book industry–all you need is witchcraft!
This past weekend (and much of last week) I’ve been down with the flu. Apparently the back-to-school virus caught me, though I don’t have any school age children. Several of … Continue Reading All At Once, Or Not At All
This week I’m going to finish up giving serious answers to the questions in my humorous post The Top 10 Things People Say to Writers, and How You Should Respond. So … Continue Reading Get Your Free Book Here!
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