There is a movie out that does a fantastic job of using Magical Realism to heighten the story. It’s called Now You See Me, so spoiler alert. But not major spoilers, just overarching story ones. It’s been out for three years, guys.Read More
For twenty years I functioned off of a high school education. I had gone to college for my freshman year, and I did do some trade school stuff later, so it’s not as though I completely stopped learning. However...Read More
So if you've decided to pursue this weird life, you're going to end up making friends who are also writers.
And if you make friends who are also writers, you're going to end up working with them to some extent.Read More
Second to the question, “Where do you get the time to write?” is the question, “Where do you get your ideas?”
I’m not going to lie; I am one of these people who can’t seem to get away from my ideas.Read More
Publishing a book that you've written can be seen as an act of audacious confidence.
I mean, you're asserting that whatever ideas, themes, and narratives contained within the book are of such value to the culture that they deserve to be enshrined and distributed. And it's something you made!Read More
Part of the reason that indie publishing is a slow burn is that there are a lot of brands for consumers to select from, and not a whole lot of differentiation to help them make their selections.Read More
In addition to being an author, I am also a student. Since having returned to college, I have learned a great many things, but the one thing that I've learned in every single class I've attended is that college textbooks are terrible.Read More
This is a continuation of Tina's original blog post of two weeks ago. If you've missed that one, or if you don't remember where we were going with this, you can check the first post out here.Read More
Three years ago I took a writing class that turned out to be pivotal set-up for how I would develop my writing career. It was an editing class, and for the first time in ages I received “real feedback.”Read More
So, we're eighteen days into NaNoWriMo as you're reading this, and hopefully by this point I've written more than thirty thousand words toward my manuscript.
How are you doing? Are you in the weeds? Have you fallen behind due to too many days off? Or do to not knowing what to write about? Or have you already rocketed over the finish line?Read More
What steps can I take to edit my own work?
There seems to be this illusion amongst writers that they are not editors, but they are. At least, any writer worth his salt has spent time reviewing word choices, rephrasing dialogue, and destroying sections of story because he forgot that the main character’s sword doesn’t appear until page 112.
I want to pass on a lesson that I have had to learn several times over, the hard way.
Beautiful prose, powerful prose, poetic prose, is built on a foundation of simplicity.
This is not to say that there aren't situations that call for more complicated sentence structures. There are.Read More