Tagged with writing

New Podcast Up: Guest Writer Anna McKinley…and Zombies


On this very special episode of “Fanboys on Fiction”, Ryan talks with his daughter Anna about how much she loves writing, how she developed that love of writing, and a little about her songwriting. They then discuss “The Walking Dead”, with a spoiler free commentary about the final episodes of season 4. Find the episode here.

“Come Apart” Launches This Week!


I am waiting for the proof copy to arrive in the mail (should be tomorrow) and after I have a look at it, barring any major formatting issues, my new novel Come Apart will be hitting digital shelves and CreateSpace print-on-demand by Thursday or Friday. I will announce on this blog when it does. I … Continue reading

Dialogue and Description: The Delicate Balance


One of the biggest problems I encounter when giving advice to other writers is the problem of how much dialogue is too much without ample description to back up the verbiage. The truth is that many amateur writers either lay on the description until they become like Charles Dickens or they write page after page … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Realism & Ramis


In this episode Ryan and I discuss the problem of realism and the suspension of disbelief in fiction and in film. How much realism is required when writing a fiction story in order to keep the reader from balking at our narrative. We also mourn the death of our hero Harold Ramis, aka “Egon Spengler”. … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: The Props Under the Platform


In this episode, Ryan and I discuss ways that a writer can increase their platform in order to become more recognized as a writer and to hopefully garner the attention of agents and publishers. We discuss many ideas that we have tried and successes we have had in building the ever important writer’s platform. We … Continue reading

Random Roundup: 5 Articles About Writing


This week has been an interesting writing week in the news, and I thought I would share some of the articles that were the most interesting: Megan McCardle wrote a great article about why writers are procrastinators.  Are you guilty of some of these? Simon St. Laurent writes about writing in his niche because nobody … Continue reading

The Unseen Connection of Reading to Writing


I am an English teacher by trade, and once in a while I make an observation about my students that could be the basis for a study about writing students everywhere. In an article entitled I Know Why the Caged Bird Cannot Read Francine Prose posits that the reason that students have an aversion to reading or simply … Continue reading

3 Deadly Traps for a Writer


There are so many things that can distract writers.  Writers are thinkers and dreamers, and if there is anything I have learned from my son, who suffers from ADHD, it is that distractions can kill any chance of the completion of a task. But what are the three things that are deadly for a writer, … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: The Third Act


One of the most important elements to plotting a novel is the third act.  In this podcast we tackle this issue and give suggestions and tips for making the third act of your novel the most important part of the novel.  It has to do much more than just tying all the plot lines off … Continue reading