That's what Ray Bradbury says. It's impossible to write 52 bad stories in a row. I'm going to take him up on this. Starting this Friday, the 6th, I'll be writing one short story every week. Given that I'm an under-writer, they'll probably be quite short indeed. But that's good. I could use the practice. … Continue reading Write One Story A Week
The blog returns!
Ok, first off, WOW WAS LAST WEEK'S POST ILL-TIMED! HAHA...Sorry. Seriously, though. I try not to get political on social media so as to appear appetizing to potential employers, customers, and friends. But I'm not an appetizer. I'm a person with thoughts and feelings. Right now I know and feel that what is happening right … Continue reading Book Update 6-2-20
Character arcs are tricky, yo.
Once, I had a vision. I would write an amazing comic book and find an artist to draw it with me. Not for me. With me. You know, a collaboration. Like Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Or Ditko and Lee. Or Simon and Schuster. Wait, that last one doesn't work. Anyway, the basic idea was … Continue reading Pay Your Artists
So, I got my edits back over a month ago, and I still haven't gone through them all. I have a lot of fear. Fear of rejection, fear my writing won't be good enough. But it's more than that. I realize now the reason so much of my writing has fallen flat is that I … Continue reading Writing Down the Bones
And that's ok. So does mine. It's not terrible by any means, but it's no masterpiece. Totally normal. Everyone stinks their first time. That's what gives us room to grow. But that's the hard part: Growing. See, you have to want to get better to be better. You have to do the work, put in … Continue reading Your First Book Will Stink
Sent my book to the editor the other day. I'm using Jordan Rosenfeld's editing services. She's great, and I highly recommend her. She looked over my manuscript once before and gave me great direction and guidance. Hope she's ready because this draft is almost totally different from the one I showed her before. Yes, I've … Continue reading More Book News
I've come across something in my writing that's helping me a lot, and I'd like to share it with you. Now, as with most writing advice, this bit won't appeal to everyone. Some are gonna think it's dumb or too hard or not hard enough or whatever. That's ok. Ready? Here we go. At the base … Continue reading Bad Writing Advice: Part 1 – The 4 (or 5) F’s
No longer trying so hard to be provocative. No longer taking shortcuts. Revisions should be done by June 1. Some notes: Calin is back as the protagonist. He's not as whiny. He's not a white guy. Terrwyn is back to being a pale, red-haired thief with a snark-streak. Croli is still awesome. Asder/Aremana, Dragonrider is … Continue reading Quick Update: Novel