5 Ways to Reveal Backstory When Writing A Novel

5 Ways to Reveal Backstory When Writing A Novel


For my latest WIP I spent nearly six months designing a rich backstory complete with six habitable planets, four alien races, culture, pre-history, flora, fauna, and loads of other details that may never make it onto the page in any of the several novels I will write in this series. However, now that I’ve finished … Continue reading

How to Write Your Novel In Under 20 Minutes by Simon Van Booy

How to Write Your Novel In Under 20 Minutes by Simon Van Booy


And now it is time for a Saturday morning pep talk, writers.  Simon Van Booy, writer of several short stories, novels and other award winning text, who has also written some intriguing philosophy books, gives his two cents on writing and planning a novel…and why everyone should.  This is worth a listen.  Running time 17:51.

10 Things to Consider Before Writing a Novel

10 Things to Consider Before Writing a Novel


Currently life is preventing me from reaching my daily quota on my new writing project.  I suppose if I hadn’t considered a few rules to set for myself before I began this project, I would be spinning my wheels in the endless morass of counter-productivity. I set some basic ground rules before I began writing, … Continue reading

10 of the Worst Cliches in Fiction Writing

10 of the Worst Cliches in Fiction Writing


I’m a reader because all good writers are readers.  Mostly, however, I read because I love to read.  I am in many ways like Henry Bemis in “Time Enough At Last”, adapted from a Lyne Venable short story which chronicles the sad life of a chronic reader.  I’m so glad I have a Kindle Paperwhite, because … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Killin’ Like…A Villain

New Podcast Up: Killin’ Like…A Villain


In this episode, we discuss the strange trope of killing a villain off midway through a novel. What are the consequences of such a daring act as a writer and what might our readers think if we do such a thing? Do we really need a “villain” anyway? Roger talks about Natasha Wittman’s new book … Continue reading

The Reverse Outline

The Reverse Outline


I have accomplished a great personal best: creating a complete pre-history, flora, fauna, culture, alien races and government for five alien planets that the humans or Terrans in my new novel series “The Five Rims”.  It came in at just over 15K words as well. Now to write the first book set in that universe. … Continue reading

5 Ways to Stay a Writer

5 Ways to Stay a Writer


This quote by one of my favorite writers (Harlan Ellison) is irrevocably true.  How many students have I taught to write over the years who most likely do not use that skill now that they are adults?  I’m sure the number is more than I’m willing to admit. I consider myself a pretty prolific writer.  I’ve … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: The Lucky Break

New Podcast Up: The Lucky Break


In this episode Ryan relates a story about his daughter’s music and how he just happened to stumble upon someone influential who is interested in her sound. What do you consider to be your “lucky break” and how can we use these small miracles to our advantage as indie writers? We also debut a new … Continue reading