Tagged with Writing Problems

When It Rains…I Write


This has been a particularly terrible couple of weeks. Things happening to me right now: My daughter Kaylee, whose birthday is today, was suffering from headaches every day for several weeks.  We took her to the doctor and he looked at her back to discover that her spine is twisted to her left.  The left … Continue reading

3 Deadly Traps for a Writer


There are so many things that can distract writers.  Writers are thinkers and dreamers, and if there is anything I have learned from my son, who suffers from ADHD, it is that distractions can kill any chance of the completion of a task. But what are the three things that are deadly for a writer, … Continue reading

3 Kick In the Pants Tips for Tired Workaday Writers


This has been a rough week. Of course, as a high school English teacher who teaches two Advanced Placement courses and also manages the after school alternative education program…and also the supplemental online schooling program…most weeks are tough. They are ten times that when I want to write something and get home and there are … Continue reading

The Key To Writing Strong Female Characters


I have written a few blog posts about the problem of women being used as objects in fiction, much less film, and as the father of three daughters I find this method of writing about women or the portrayal of women in film disgusting. What I’m writing about here is not “empowerment” or the advocation … Continue reading

Nothing Like Snow To Help An Indie Novelist


Today is a great day to write. I’m a teacher by trade, and also an independent novelist, but sometimes my job makes me so tired that I have days where I don’t have time (or am too tired from the job) to crank out any words.  However, this weekend is a Godsend.  School has been … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: What Would Make You Quit Writing?


Today Ryan posed an interesting question: “What would make you quit writing?”  When we recorded this podcast, Ryan hadn’t written anything in nearly a month, and was really bogged down in it.  Maybe you are suffering from the same problem.  Should you continue or hang it up?  I think we have some very good answers … Continue reading

When Life Happens, Change Your Plans


I had big plans for the month of November.  I was going to finish up the current WIP rough draft and then I was going to crank out a 50,000 word satirical novel for the NaNoWriMo. Well…life had other plans. For the past week our water well has been cycling on and off a little … Continue reading

When Do You Hit Your Stride?


Writing a novel like writing anything is hard work.  It takes determination, skill and careful planning to get a novel off the ground.  It is definitely not like writing a short story or a poem because of the sheer amount of words necessary, the characterization, the subplots and all of the other bells and whistles … Continue reading

The Day Job


School has been in session for a week and a half now and I must admit I am somewhat overwhelmed at times.  I have decided to start out the year teaching 11th graders a hard and fast course in grammar. The first week was nearly a wash in that we had two days of orientation, … Continue reading