Tagged with writing tips

New Podcast Up: Take a Vacation Not a Trip


In this episode we discuss the idea I put forth in a blog post last week about taking a vacation instead of going on a trip.  Ryan had some other ideas about the subject, and it turns out to be a little more individual matter than most would realize.  Oh yeah, and we give our spoiler … Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue


It seems that the more current fiction I read these days the more dialogue I am seeing in the text.  As a matter of fact, most novels written today are heavy on the dialogue and lighter on the long paragraphs of detailed description. Dialogue is a tool used to further the action, to give us … Continue reading

Short Story Writing Challenge #amwriting


I’ve been writing novels now since 2007.  I’ve written three novels and one self-help book. Frankly, I’m a little burned out. I decided that during the month of July I would try to write one short story every three days.  By the time I was done, I’d have 10 solid short stories to put into … Continue reading

3 Writing Rules to Enthrall the Modern Reader


So you’ve written the great American novel… or the next great British novel.  I suppose congratulations are in order.  You have indeed accomplished a grand feat.  Most people who call themselves writers are sitting around dreaming about writing something so grand. Now what? I have edited several novels over the course of my career, and … Continue reading

5 Tips To Hook Readers With Characterization


One of the biggest problems I have when reading a book is that if the characterization is flat I will soon find myself wandering away from the book to doing other things.  This is not due to my tendency to write every day no matter the circumstances, but actually lies in the strength of the … Continue reading

Last Day of School: A Summer to Write


One of the few perks of being a public school teacher in Oklahoma is summer vacation.  I have a routine that I go through to unwind from the busy schedule of teaching high school students.  It follows: Read The Lord of the Rings. Go swimming with my children. Start working on a new writing project. This … 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