Update on writing second draft, critique swap, and teaser for upcoming news!
Writing Advice/ Tips
Sharing the love of writing with others
THOLAC–Lessons Learned Part 2
How I increased my writing speed by over 1,000 words per hour.
Critique Submissions—Still Open
Want an in-depth critique of your first chapter?
Open For Critique Submissions
Are you a writer and want a critique? Then, you should check out this post for details on submissions.
Story Progression—Writing Group Lesson
Exploring Story Progression through conflict, promises to the reader, and achieving goals.
Critiquing: A Brief Overview.
An overview to wade through the murk of online critiques from anonymous, emboldened folks.
My Rules on Writing
A inward reflection of criteria I expect from my works.
A List of Where I Went Wrong…
A in-depth list of what killed my writing.
For the last three years, I have been lucky enough to live in Okinawa, Japan, but that chapter of my life is coming to an end. As I was preparing to move, I started reminiscing on all the wonderful memories I have made, and thought about the lessons I have learned.
I have met some of the most wonderful people in the world.
I have seen some of the most beautiful sights in the world.
I have adopted two wonderful Oki Mixes.
I have learned about a culture other than my own, and I have to say I loved it!
I have learned to embrace myself for who I am.
So, now it is time to say goodbye to this place I have called my home. I am just thankful that I took advantage of this opportunity and let myself enjoy the time I had here. Living in Okinawa was…
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Book Blurb Poll
I've got a military sci-fi novel coming out in March. Starting to piece together elements such as back jacket details. Here's your chance to vote on your favorite short blurbs. If you don't see something you like, make your own!
This was my first painting ever, and I did it a few months ago. I am no means an expert and made plenty of mistakes, but I had fun.
Sex in Writing: Part Two
A continuation of the sex discussion from a woman's perspective.
Sex in Writing: Part 1
Even in writing, sex can be terrible or mind-blowing.
A Writer’s Strength: Knowing Your Type
An examination of writing styles: Pantsing, Snowflake, Edit as you go, Outliner.
From the rut of Act I to the resolution beyond Act III's climax.
An Old-Fashioned Opinion: Prologues, Epilogues, & Epigraphs
"Our way is the old way," but is it the "dead" way?
Flawed to the Core: Building Character
Building a unique character from the inside out.
Risk the Reader, Expose the Character
Yes, you read that title right. Exposing the character can risk the attachments the reader has made to your protagonist, but also increase their value. Risk makes life exciting and frustrating all at once. Maybe you put your heart on the line and come away with ache. Perhaps you like the thrill of gambling? Risk … Continue reading Risk the Reader, Expose the Character
The 5 W’s: A Spark of Thoughts
Every book starts with a single idea. You may have met people that say, "I've got a great idea for a book!" And you say, "Tell me about it." Then, they enter a fifteen-minute discourse of jumbled thoughts and convoluted characters that are paper-thin and weak. But, that's okay, it's expected. I call this the … Continue reading The 5 W’s: A Spark of Thoughts
Better Dead Than Said
Dialogue tags are a part of writing, they always will be, but my opinion on the matter seems to be in the minority, and I cannot understand why. To me, writing plays out very much like a movie, all the way down to the nuances of the face and the stressing of a character’s words. … Continue reading Better Dead Than Said