Tagged with writing tips

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

New Podcast Up: Take a Vacation Not a Trip


In this episode we discuss the idea I put forth in a blog post last week about taking a vacation instead of going on a trip.  Ryan had some other ideas about the subject, and it turns out to be a little more individual matter than most would realize.  Oh yeah, and we give our spoiler … Continue reading

The Do’s and Don’ts of Dialogue


It seems that the more current fiction I read these days the more dialogue I am seeing in the text.  As a matter of fact, most novels written today are heavy on the dialogue and lighter on the long paragraphs of detailed description. Dialogue is a tool used to further the action, to give us … Continue reading

Short Story Writing Challenge #amwriting


I’ve been writing novels now since 2007.  I’ve written three novels and one self-help book. Frankly, I’m a little burned out. I decided that during the month of July I would try to write one short story every three days.  By the time I was done, I’d have 10 solid short stories to put into … Continue reading

3 Writing Rules to Enthrall the Modern Reader


So you’ve written the great American novel… or the next great British novel.  I suppose congratulations are in order.  You have indeed accomplished a grand feat.  Most people who call themselves writers are sitting around dreaming about writing something so grand. Now what? I have edited several novels over the course of my career, and … Continue reading