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Writing a Novel: When to Research


For This Broken Earth I spent at least 6 months researching everything from super viruses to Syrian end games.  I interviewed a U.S. Army colonel, an astrophysicist, a biologist, police officers, a computer security specialist and several others in order to write a novel that was as believable as possible. Research is highly important to writing … Continue reading

NaNoWriMo Writing Tip #5: Sleep


I have shifted to dropping daily writing tips because I have given all the time management tips I live by.  I will now be posting writing tips to make your life this month easier if you are attempting to do the NaNoWriMo competition.   It is highly important to get at least 7-8 hours of … Continue reading

Research and the Period Novel


I spent the better part of six months researching biblical end-times scenarios, possible ways that the world could fall apart geopolitically, super-viruses, and another six months outlining my novel to incorporate all of that knowledge.  One of the biggest problems that period novels have is when the research takes over the novel entirely. For example, … Continue reading

Google Zeitgeist: How a Writer Uses Trends


As a fiction writer, it is important to know your audience.  If you have never done any research to discover what demographic your proposed novel might reach (or not reach) then you may be wasting valuable time writing a novel that no one will read. Google Zeitgeist is a fantastic engine created to show researchers … Continue reading

Imagery: Beyond “Show Don’t Tell”


I am sure that if you have attended any creative writing courses at all , you have heard the old addage “Show, don’t tell.”  This is referring to the idea that amateur writers often tell us about the action in their narrative rather than “showing” events through imagery, figurative language and good description.  Over the … Continue reading