Tagged with writing tips

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

New Podcast Up: The Lucky Break

New Podcast Up: The Lucky Break


In this episode Ryan relates a story about his daughter’s music and how he just happened to stumble upon someone influential who is interested in her sound. What do you consider to be your “lucky break” and how can we use these small miracles to our advantage as indie writers? We also debut a new … Continue reading

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers

Creating Characters and Grading Research Papers


This week has been hectic. The 11th grade research paper was due and I have been in the middle of grading them.  Such is my life. However, in the midst of this, I have been thinking about what makes excellent characterization as I construct my newest character driven novel series. In Orson Scott Card’s book Character … Continue reading

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs

7 Things Every Fictional Character Needs


I’m currently crafting some character biographies for a new series I’m writing and thought I would share a few things about how I go about creating characters.  I’ve gleaned this from several sources, from my days in college writing classes and from just figuring things out over time. I use this format to write character … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Plagiarism Stinks!

New Podcast Up: Plagiarism Stinks!


On this episode we discuss the very real problem of plagiarism and how it can be annoying…especially if you are the one being plagiarized. I talk at length about my recent run-in with EssayMama and how they ripped off my viral blog post “Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers”. Shoot, even Suzanne Collins plagiarizes. Have you … Continue reading

3 Reasons We Get Bored With Our Own Plot

3 Reasons We Get Bored With Our Own Plot


I am currently working on a short story collection for an upcoming book release.  I’ve cobbled together some short stories already published on Literary Juice and elsewhere as well as some brand spanking new short stories to send chills up my reader’s spine. However, one short story has really been tough to write, and I … Continue reading