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New Podcast Up: Not So Fantastic Four

New Podcast Up: Not So Fantastic Four


Well, we saw it…and it wasn’t HORRIBLE…we guess. Ryan and I discuss the new Fantasic Four film and what writers can learn from it. There are many lessons in this podcast from characterization to plot development to sustaining a threatening villain. Fantastic Four had none of these and we break it down for you from … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot

New Podcast Up: Antman’s Shrinking Plot


In this reformatted episode we take a different approach to the podcast. We decided from here on out to pick a pop culture film or book or comic book and spend the podcast discussing that piece from a writer’s perspective. Today we decided to discuss the recent Marvel offering “Antman”. It led to some lively … Continue reading

5 Tips To Becoming A More Conversational Writer

5 Tips To Becoming A More Conversational Writer


In my profession I read a host of work by writers who have a difficult time with voice.  I’ve never really had any problem with expressing voice in fiction, but non-fiction writers could benefit from being more conversational unless they are writing formal essays. Nobody likes to read someone drone on and on without the … Continue reading

Reading Novels to Find Writing Tips

Reading Novels to Find Writing Tips


I posted last week about reading through A Clockwork Orange by Anthony Burgess and also wrote about what Anthony Burgess had to say about writing and publishing.  Today I want to tell you why I’m reading his book even though I’ve read it numerous times.  I have taught it at least twice in my teaching career. … Continue reading

5 Best Bits of Advice About Marketing Your Book

5 Best Bits of Advice About Marketing Your Book


While the draft of my newest book The Terminarch Plot is in the hands of beta readers, I thought I would focus today’s blog post on some advice I would give an indie novelist who is considering marketing their book. I’m sure you’ve gone to Twitter and seen those shameless folks tweeting away about their books, … Continue reading

Your Rough Draft is Finished…Now What?

Your Rough Draft is Finished…Now What?


You’ve written a 50K plus novel.  It’s been a difficult road.  Perhaps you spent six months or six years, but it is finally done and you feel that sense of accomplishment that comes with completing such a monumental task. Now what? The following is my personal regimen that moves a rough draft to a finely … Continue reading

3 Personal Benefits of Writing a Novel

3 Personal Benefits of Writing a Novel


I’ve written four novels now (if you include that terrible teen-becomes-werewolf novel I wrote in high school for a contest but never published) and I suppose that might make me somewhat of an authority to someone who is thinking about sitting down at a computer or legal pad to write a novel. I’m in the … Continue reading

3 Writing Lessons From Marvel’s “Daredevil”

3 Writing Lessons From Marvel’s “Daredevil”


If you haven’t binge watched the living daylights out of Marvel’s “Daredevil” over on Netflix, then this post may get a little spoilery.  I will begin with this warning, because I’m going to discuss a few aspects of the series that could spoil it for those who haven’t watched the series yet. For that I … Continue reading