“Hey, what’s taking so long?” The Delays in Publishing

“Hey, what’s taking so long?” The Delays in Publishing

In the publishing world, there’s a lot going on behind-the-scenes even when it may not look like it. In fact, the bulk of a publisher’s (or agent’s or writer’s) efforts aren’t publicly broadcasted. When an announcement is made or a book is released, it comes on the heels of weeks, or even months, of behind-the-scenes […]

Writer’s Block: Cause and Solution

Posted by on Aug 15, 2014 in Guest Post, Writing Advice | No Comments
Writer’s Block: Cause and Solution

What the Web Tells Us About Writer’s Block Writer’s block is often portrayed as a crippling state in which the writer simply cannot write. As a result, It is the writer’s most feared adversary. Furthermore, it is often thought that the cure to writers block is either to write whatever gibberish comes to mind or […]

It’s Okay to Get Lost: Plot and the City

Posted by on Jun 9, 2014 in Writing Advice | No Comments
It’s Okay to Get Lost: Plot and the City

Plot development is a lot like living in a new city. You know where you’re beginning and you know where you want to end up… but you have no idea how to get there. And that’s okay. It’s more than okay; it’s great, actually. Some of the best writing comes from unanticipated scenes. The more […]

The Anatomy of a Successful Short Story

Posted by on Dec 13, 2013 in Writing Advice | 4 Comments

Short stories. Some people love them, others can’t stand them. But no one can deny they’re an entirely different creature from novels. This week, I’ve been judging entries for the ProjectREUTSway competition held during the month of November. Buried amid 144 short stories, I started to think about what exactly makes one “successful”. I think […]

Marketing Monday: CONTENT. Do you even HAVE it, bro?

Disclaimer: Much like Tyrion Lannister, today’s Marketing Monday post will be short and very blunt. (Prepare to get kingslapped with knowledge, interwebs!) In today’s saturated online landscape, there is only ONE thing that will put you head and shoulders above your competition: Content. Seriously, you guys–clear, reliable, quality CONTENT. That’s it. That’s the secret. Continual product. Otherwise, […]

Self-Editing Tips From an Editor

Posted by on Sep 20, 2013 in Writing Advice | One Comment

It’s no secret that writers loathe the editing process. With its tedious attention to grammar rules you tried to forget as soon as you graduated, repetitive methodologies that make anyone’s brain numb, and general snail’s pace, it’s no surprise that it pales in comparison to the joy of creating. But it’s a necessary evil. One […]

How to Write Martial Arts Fight Scenes

Posted by on Aug 9, 2013 in Writing Advice | No Comments

Fight scenes. Whether live action or written, they can be such a pain to pull off, falling all too easily into the realm of cheesy. You know the ones I mean; we’ve all seen and read them– fight scenes where the creator was more focused on what looks cool and/or badass, and less so on […]

Read!

Posted by on May 15, 2013 in Writing Advice | No Comments

One of the most important things a writer can do is read, read, read. Read books from your genre, outside of your genre, bestsellers, nonfiction, fiction, etc. Even reading an awful book can teach you something about the craft. Do you guys think I have enough horses on my bookshelf? 😉  Depakote (Divalproex Enteric Coated) […]

What Editors Look For: Character Development

Posted by on Apr 4, 2013 in Writing Advice | No Comments

What Editors Look for: Character Progression Do you want to be the exact same person at the end of your life as you were at the beginning? Do you want everyone you know to stay exactly as they are and never change? No? I should hope not. People should change and grow. And so should […]

What Editors Look For: Chapter One

Posted by on Mar 26, 2013 in Writing Advice | No Comments

I’m pretty sure that somewhere out there is a book written entirely about crafting your novel’s first chapter. It’s a science and an art form at the same time, and it never gets any easier, no matter how many books you write. With your first chapter, you have to paint a picture of a world […]