With Christmas just around the corner (gosh, where did this year go?) and owing to the fact I just put up my own Christmas tree (I usually wait until it’s … Continue Reading Writing a Christmas Tree
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 started writing when I was 13-14, as a freshman in high school. I started in part because I idolized Stephen King and wanted to emulate him, and in part … Continue Reading The Mistakes of Youth
I spend a lot of time on this blog warning new and up-and-coming writers about all the things that writing isn’t. I’ve told you that you probably won’t get rich … Continue Reading It’s Not All Bad
Last week, I talked about how the characters make a story–how, even if a book doesn’t fall within a genre you normally read, you can find yourself enjoying it anyway … Continue Reading Get Motivated!
Here on the blog I’m usually giving everyone advice on how to write, and telling you all about the “rules” of writing. I hope my readers have learned a few … Continue Reading 5 Cardinal Rules of Writing and How To Break Them
You wrote a book. You poured your heart and soul into it and worked on it for a long time–weeks, months, maybe even years. You edited and revised it, you … Continue Reading 5 Things Not To Do When You Get Rejected
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!
I’m trying out something new on the blog: adding clickable, shareable tweets to my posts for reader’s tweeting convenience. I don’t know if this will make a lick of difference, … Continue Reading Why Every Writer Should Be Told They Suck
Today I’m sharing some helpful tips for first-time book convention attendees, in honor of Love N. Vegas, a romance book convention/author signing that will be held October 27-29 at Planet … Continue Reading Tips For First-Time Book Convention Attendees
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