Tagged with writing tips

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Style

5 Ways to Improve Your Writing Style


Why is it that two different writers could write in the same genre, write about the same ideas, plot devices and themes yet one writer creates beautiful prose while the other makes the reader never want to read again? Every time I write a chunk of prose that really sings through the initial first draft, … Continue reading

Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?

Why Should Readers Care About Your Protagonist?


My current WIP has sent me through several psychological states: first elation, then dread, then depression, then elation again, and then probably bi-polar disorder. I spent nearly 6 months designing five separate solar systems complete with flora and fauna, alien races, cultures, history, and tons of other things that probably would bore you to death. … Continue reading

A Little Inspiration from King Solomon

A Little Inspiration from King Solomon


Every Wednesday night I take my three teens and one elementary child to church.  The little one goes to AWANA clubs while my older three go to youth service.  Our youth minister Scott Buck taught about the book of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon’s account of his exploration of the meaning of life. No.  It’s not 42. … Continue reading

Using Setting to Develop a Plot

Using Setting to Develop a Plot


I’ve seen many different articles around the inter-webs about plot development.  Usually there are two schools of thought: Create highly developed character bios and then they will inform what kind of plot needs to develop. Create a highly developed plot and then the characters will take shape based on the plot created. I have another … Continue reading

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

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