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?
A long time ago, when I was just some kid stumbling around the (comparatively) early days of the internet, there was this...website. It was, essentially, a sort of erotically-charged choose-your-own-adventure, where clicking on pictures of doors or stairs or hallways would take you to different parts of the "mansion" where you found little flash-fiction and … Continue reading The Wild, Wild Web – A Retrospective