“A time may come soon," said he, "when none will return. Then there will be need of valour without renown, for none shall remember the deeds that are done in the last defence of your homes. Yet the deeds will not be less valiant because they are unpraised." She answered: "All your words are but … Continue reading Scene Breakdown – Return of the King
This is a new thing I'm trying, where I break down a scene from TV, a movie, or a novel and discuss WHY it's so damn good. If you dont' want spoilers, well...mind yourself. "You're always here to me. And I always listen. And I can always hear you." This might be one of the … Continue reading Scene Breakdown – “The Name of the Doctor”
Welcome to Fiction Tip Friday, where I give you a quick-as-possible breakdown on the "Why?" behind some of the most common pieces of writing advice. "It's really very simple," Tom explained. "You see--" Stop right there, Tom. Do you think I'm stupid or something? "Well...n-no!" Tom stuttered. "I-I, I mean--" See, Tom? You're doing … Continue reading Fiction Tip Friday – Stick to “Said”
No wonder writing is such hard work! You’re strip mining your own head, every day, searching for this stuff – and then those moments of revelation are like a godsend. -Russel T Davies, The Writer's Tale I often write from experience, and if you're a writer yourself, you'll know how awkward that is to explain … Continue reading Strip Mining Your Head – What It Means to Write From Experience
When I came back to the United States for college, I'd been out of the country for over a decade. I was seventeen, had no friends or relatives on the entire continent, and I was utterly alone. I had grown up, to that point, without libraries, new books, much TV, or the internet as we … Continue reading Be Kind, Y’all
Self-publishing: it's the ultimate liberator, they say. It cuts out the middle-man and allows authors direct access to their own profits. It gives writers complete creative control. It's faster, and more rewarding. Assuming you're American. To be clear, I live in the States. I've been nodding along merrily, preaching the good self-publishing news...and then I … Continue reading Borders (in Self-Publishing): What’s Up With That?
Any writer knows the first draft is the (mandatory) first step on the road to crafting a novel…but what comes next?