WHAT IS the secret to writing a successful book? Well, first we have to define successful. For the sake of this discussion, let’s say it’s a book that gets you an agent, a major publishing contract, remarkable sales, and ultimately a lifelong career as an author. Is there a formula for success in the publishing … Continue reading The Right Idea and Its Perfect Execution
THIS IS the first post I've made on this dusty ol' blog in quite some time. If you don't know, I took a long hiatus from social media to deal with a mountain of personal issues and to get my life back in order. Things worked out, the year ended on several high notes, and … Continue reading My Goals for 2020
TODAY I'VE been thinking about the night I decided on a whim to start my Twitter account. I didn't know why I was doing it at first, but I quickly became connected to this community of authors, and suddenly I had access to one big ongoing conversation about books and writing. This was brand new … Continue reading I’m Living the Dream Over Here
I SEE this question being asked all the time: plotter or panster? In other words, do you outline first, or do you begin with an idea and let the story take you where it wants? There's an argument for an against both ways of going about it. Some would say plotting in advance is stilted … Continue reading I’m a Pants Plotter
I'M IN the process of shifting gears and concentrating heavily on finishing both my novella TO BE FRIENDS and the zombie novella WB Welch and I are co-writing, and I'm getting nervous. I've been in the writing community for almost exactly three months now, and on Twitter only a few days more than that. Before … Continue reading Should My Author Name be Party Freckle?
I promise I will start a series of writing tip posts soon but, reflecting on this weekend, I wanted to talk about gratitude. This past Saturday, I was a part of the Take 190 Book and Art Festival in Killeen, Texas. It was such a wonderful experience. I arrived early and sipped on a latte … Continue reading Gratitude
EVERYTHING WAS just fine for your protagonist. They were living a normal life. It wasn’t a great life by any means, but at least nothing bad lurked on the horizon. Or maybe that’s wrong. Maybe your protagonist was doomed if they continued sitting around, not taking charge of their life. Or maybe an imminent threat … Continue reading Your Protagonist’s Low Point