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
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 Show, Don’t Tell
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 Nothing But Time
On Friday, I made a humorous post The Top 10 Things People Say to Writers, and How You Should Respond. I thought it might be fun (and cause dang, it’s hard … Continue Reading Let’s Get Serious…
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
No matter what genre you write in, there’s a particular difficulty that every single author experiences, in every single book, novella, or short story they write. Not once, not in … Continue Reading Looks Aren’t Everything–Or Are They?
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
I haunt a few writer’s groups/forums online. Most of them are populated with people around my own skill/experience level, that is, people who have been in the writing game for … Continue Reading Fetishizing The Process
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’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
On Wednesday, I talked about the reasons you should write a book. Even if the industry has too many books and not enough readers, that doesn’t mean we don’t need … Continue Reading 5 Reasons You Should Start A Blog
I have about two months under my belt now with my self-publishing experience. My first self-published book, Black Mountain Magic, went live November 15th and I put it on sale … Continue Reading Self-Pubbing Check In
This past Wednesday, the Insecure Writer’s Support Group question of the month was what writing rule do you wish you’d never heard? I had fun visiting various blogs and finding … Continue Reading Rules We Love
This post is part of the Insecure Writer’s Support Group blog hop. The first Wednesday of every month is Insecure Writer’s Support Group day. Post your thoughts on your own blog. … Continue Reading You Know Nothing
It’s that time of year again when we make resolutions and promises to ourselves. The problem with resolutions is that we break them so easily, and the truth is we … Continue Reading Resolutions
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?
My first self-published release, Black Mountain Magic, will come out on Tuesday! I’m really excited about it. You can pre-order a copy at all major online retailers right now if … Continue Reading Release Day Is Almost Here!
There’s some painful truths we have to face as writers. Many of us–most of us, really–are never going to be literary giants. We’re not going to write books that go … Continue Reading Making It