Tagged with writing tips

Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation

Giving a Protagonist a Hidden Motivation


Recently I have been in the middle of writing the first installment of a new series entitled The Five Rims.  The first book is titled The Last Terran, and my protagonist is definitely out of the ordinary. Guillermo March is a former security officer with the C’Tuulian Planetary Police Force, the only Terran to work for them, … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Our 50th Episode!

New Podcast Up: Our 50th Episode!


On our fiftieth podcast (and we can’t believe we have made it this far) we talk about fan fiction. What are the legalities of writing stories about our favorite pop culture heroes? Can you really get in trouble for it? We also discuss the upcoming series finales and series that we can’t wait to see … Continue reading

Originality vs Execution: Which Is More Important?

Originality vs Execution: Which Is More Important?


Recently there was a lawsuit filed by Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne against Sam Smith and his producers for the song “Stay With Me”.  They claimed that if sped up, the song sounds exactly like their 80’s hit “Won’t Back Down”.  The video below illustrates this very well: I have mentioned before on this blog … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Time Enough for Batman

New Podcast Up: Time Enough for Batman


On this episode we discuss one of the most important techniques in fiction writing: passage of time. We discuss the many ways that writers can relate the passage of time in their novels so that they are not dragging down the narrative with unnecessary prose. We also discuss an incident that happened in my life … Continue reading

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