I'M AMAZED at the quality of the manuscripts I've been hired to critique thus far. There's an absurd aspect to it that keeps occurring to me: I'm getting paid to read books I would buy if I picked them up off a shelf. I feel so lucky that this venture is taking off. All my … Continue reading When Am I Going to Wake Up?
It’s here! It’s here! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the history, I’ve given away random things over the course of the past few months. Not long after I reached four thousand followers on Twitter, I decided I was going to giveaway an Astrohaus Freewrite when I got to ten thousand. It’s finally … Continue reading The Big 10k Giveaway
I would say I’m going to get so much done tonight. I would say the words are going to flow freely. I would say my mind is teeming with ideas, and they are going to race to the page to see who can get used first. I would say it hasn’t been a long day. … Continue reading I Would, But I Can’t
I WONDER how many writers were initially inspired by loneliness. That's not to say all writers are necessarily lonely, but perhaps many of us were in our inception as word-churners? The origins of my motivation to write are easy to pinpoint. Loneliness was and is key. I have certain characters in my head that I'll … Continue reading There is No Escape
MOST DAYS I do okay. I wake up optimistic and excited. Not thinking about everything. What's everything? You know what everything is. Everything that's happened in your life up until now. All the things that consume you. All those thoughts in your head. A lot of the time I feel like just existing is a … Continue reading To Kill a Zombie
No, I'm not talking about the movie, The Craft, I’m talking about your writing, and I promise today isn’t a ramble. There's real advice in here, so saddle up and hang on. One thing you can do to improve your writing is lots of reading. Read inside of your genre, read outside of your genre … Continue reading Improve Your Craft
This, of course, is the million dollar question. How do I write? How do I write well? How do I write like a real writer? I am going to do my best to explain how to become a real writer over these next few paragraphs, though I am afraid it won't be exactly as you … Continue reading How Do I Write Like a Writer?