Well, the literary world, at least. Think about it: what can we do that writers tied up with big-name publishers can't? We can write what we want. I'll give you an example I'm very familiar with. What happened to (arguably) some of the best sci-fi shows ever? They were cancelled. Seriously. They cancelled the original Star … Continue reading Self-Employed Writers Can Save the World
I know, that title probably sounds ominous, but bear with me. I have met so many people, both in-person and online, who say that they want to write a book. This hypothetical book can be almost anything; fiction, their life story, how well their new diet works, home decorating tips, recipes, obscure hobbies, etc. But guess what? The … Continue reading Self-Employment and Discipline
Not exactly my typical blog fare, but I have the right to celebrate: my first book is out on Amazon! It was a bit later than I was planning, but I got it! The Crater in the Sky, now available on Amazon here. The first (and currently only) part of the Pandemonium series. The second … Continue reading Announcement: First Book is Out!
Here's something all writers are familiar with. Other artists too, now that I think of it. When you look at the title, what do you think? First Draft Syndrome (FDS) is now an official medical diagnosis, because I say it is! Reading an affected First Draft can cause the following symptoms: In the writer Feelings … Continue reading First Draft Syndrome: Symptoms, Diagnosis, and Treatments
I love books. Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you the same. Unfortunately, I don't have time to both write my own books and read every single other book that pops up in Amazon or my local bookstore. So, like everyone else out there who ever visits a book store, I judge via covers. Yes, … Continue reading Bargain Book Covers for Self-Published Authors
I know this is the first book review on my blog, but I finished this book not too long ago, and I wanted something hopeful and uplifting in all this post-election drama. So, here it is: Faking Normal, by Courtney C. Stevens. First off, I am a VERY picky reader. I can't tell you how … Continue reading Book Review: Faking Normal
Alternately titled, To show, or not to show? On another note: yay for double negatives! And right in the title. I am breaking all the English teachers' rules today, aren't I? I've actually been meaning to tackle (not literally!) this subject for a while. Yes, it's a big deal for me, as a writer. But … Continue reading Show, Don’t Tell? Or Not?
Many people have probably run into this well-meaning piece of advice during their lifetime, writers or not. It was in all of my creative writing classes in school. On the surface, it's a good idea. It avoids any messy misconceptions or mistakes when writing people from a different background, and it still allows for wide … Continue reading Write What You Know?
Now, I'm not a horror writer. Well, not just a horror writer. I'm more of a sci-fi/fantasy/ mystery/horror/supernatural writer, at least at the moment. But I've noticed something really interesting, in my 18 years of being a horror movie nerd. Zombies are cool, but they get old after a while. The tried-and-true demonic possession story … Continue reading The Unknown, or: Why Mystery is the Horror Novelist’s Best Friend
For anyone who doesn't know: A 'setting' is basically when and where a story takes place. Modern-day New York for the Avengers, 18th-century Japan for the 47 Ronin, Outer space sometime in the future for Star Trek and Star Wars... you get the idea. Every story has a setting, and it's one of -- if not … Continue reading Real vs. Fictional Setting: Pros and Cons