Tagged with writing tips

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

4 Reasons Why Facebook Is Not Useful for Authors

4 Reasons Why Facebook Is Not Useful for Authors


Let’s face it. Authors, especially independent authors, need to promote themselves. However, there are ways to promote and ways not to promote.  Social media is a way to promote yourself as a writer, but it can also be a double-edged sword.  Of course, Delilah S. Dawson wrote a fantastic article about the misuse of social … Continue reading