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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

New Podcast Up: Beta-Readers and Movie Blahs


In this episode, Ryan and I discuss the importance of using beta-readers when writing a novel. We first define what beta-readers are, how a writer goes about finding them and how a writer compensates beta-readers for their valuable input into the production of your novel. We also discuss the current movie season and how it resembles a … Continue reading

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