Category: writing articles

Let’s talk about OUR BLOODY PEARL.

Also known as: a thing I want to say to readers, reviews, writers, and most importantly, myself. Some facts about OUR BLOODY PEARL: I self-published it 16 months ago It’s the second book I ever wrote It’s the first book I ever edited to…

Surviving NaNoWriMo: A Motivational Semi-Guide.

NaNoWriMo — also known as Nation Novel Writing Month, the month were writers everywhere attempt to write… well, a novel. The actual goal is to write 50,000 words by the end of the month, because 50,000 words is usually seen as the minimum word…

Vaccination for the Layman: A Very Metaphorical Q and A Guide to the Flu and Other Vaccines by your Local Biochemist and Author.

It’s that time of year again—by which I mean flu vaccination season! Vaccines are often a hot topic, and the mechanics behind them can be complicated for those untrained in the biological sciences. But everyone deserves to know what’s happening . So without further…

A motivational word on skill development.

Sometimes I feel like my writing ability is barely edging forward—that if my skill is growing, it’s only doing so under the surface.  But then I look at the difference in the same basic scene I wrote in my first novel and in my…

How to write a novel: a beginner’s guide to the basics of storytelling.

First off, you have to know these two things: Your first draft of your first book will be terrible. All your favorite authors of all time wrote a terrible first draft of their first book too. Probably a terrible second and third draft, maybe…

Writing Diversity: Can You Force it?

Writing diversity isn’t “forced.” What’s forced in writing is continuously cherry pick the situations in which many groups have been deliberately forced outby the one group who prides themselves as being ‘the norm.’ Let me explain: While the world is very diverse, there are situations and areas where someone…

Why Can’t I Stick to My Outline?

The inability to write what you’ve outlined plagues many of us, and it has many potential causes, some of which have workarounds, while others don’t. Here’s just a couple: 1. You don’t know your characters well enough when you outline, so when you write them,…

Writing: Hobby vs Career. (Spoilers: both are hard!)

If you want to write as a career you’ll have to write on days you don’t want to. You’ll have to write when you aren’t motivated, when you aren’t in the mood, when writing isn’t any fun. Just because writing is something people can have fun doing, doesn’t…

Character Creation

I’ve been running my characters through these questions so I thought I might as well share them. They are meant to be a fun but challenging look at how your characters are going to interact with each other and the plot. The examples and…

Can Stories Truly be Good or Bad?

As I’ve grown as a writer, one unexpected change in the way I view and critique other stories is that I no longer see stories on a scale of good to bad, but from finished to unfinished. There are rarely ‘bad’ stories, only stories that needed…