Tagged with writing a novel

Free Book Giveaway: Day 2


I’m not really sure how to read this, but it looks like things are (on the surface at least) looking pretty depressing.  I have given away 78 copies so far, but each day it seems as if units moved are shrinking. I suppose I could get very depressed right now, but I won’t.  This Broken … Continue reading

Free Book Giveaway: Day 1 Report


  I am currently giving away the Kindle version of my newest novel Come Apart.  I have listed it with several online promotion sites who have massive Twitter followings and who, for the most part, will blast my book out to the internet for free.  Some of them are paid services, and have charged (at the … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Guest Writer Anna McKinley…and Zombies


On this very special episode of “Fanboys on Fiction”, Ryan talks with his daughter Anna about how much she loves writing, how she developed that love of writing, and a little about her songwriting. They then discuss “The Walking Dead”, with a spoiler free commentary about the final episodes of season 4. Find the episode here.

Don’t Feed the Negative Body Image


I am currently teaching an adjunct course at St. Gregory’s University in Shawnee, Oklahoma.  It is a literature course, and last week one of the readings was a poem by Marge Piercy entitled “Barbie Doll”.  Here is the poem, and the discussion about it comes after: Barbie Doll This girlchild was born as usual and presented … Continue reading

Dialogue and Description: The Delicate Balance


One of the biggest problems I encounter when giving advice to other writers is the problem of how much dialogue is too much without ample description to back up the verbiage. The truth is that many amateur writers either lay on the description until they become like Charles Dickens or they write page after page … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Realism & Ramis


In this episode Ryan and I discuss the problem of realism and the suspension of disbelief in fiction and in film. How much realism is required when writing a fiction story in order to keep the reader from balking at our narrative. We also mourn the death of our hero Harold Ramis, aka “Egon Spengler”. … Continue reading

An On The Cheap Self-Publishing Plan


Currently I do not have a print edition of This Broken Earth out there, and the reason was simple: I didn’t feel the need to publish in print because of the lack of interest from most readers.  Most of my readers are digital, and I sell around 10-15 books a month on Amazon as Kindle editions. … Continue reading

Writing the Ending First


My latest offering, Come Apart, due to hit digital and print queue’s everywhere in March, was an experiment of sorts.  According to my proofer’s comments the experiement was a complete success. I wanted Come Apart to be a puzzle.  I wanted to write a novel much like Pines by Blake Crouch, which is a story that unfolds a bit … Continue reading

Random Roundup: 5 Articles About Writing


This week has been an interesting writing week in the news, and I thought I would share some of the articles that were the most interesting: Megan McCardle wrote a great article about why writers are procrastinators.  Are you guilty of some of these? Simon St. Laurent writes about writing in his niche because nobody … Continue reading