Category: writing articles

Speculative Elephants: More About Description.

(A continuation of the feverish analysis in this post.) Let’s now consider a reader who has no idea what an elephant is. We the writer want to present our reader with words aligned in just the right way that we paint a picture of an elephant…

Let’s Talk about Querying!

(And why I stopped querying my novel.) As some of you know, I was querying Iron From Fire on and off from March through May, and I recently decided to quit, despite it being overall a good story written in what one editor described as ‘on…

Descriptions as Elephants: the Happy Medium.

There are a lot of odd rules floating around about descriptions (some of which are useful and others… not so much), but to form writing theories that any writer can apply to their own work without losing their personal style, we often need to…

The Writer VS Criticism

I’ll tell you a secret: I’m deathly afraid that no one actually likes my writing. (Which is a little silly when my debut is receiving a few hundred five star reviews for every one star equivalent, but brains aren’t always very logical). So if you’re…

Redemption Arcs: the big debate

There’s a hot take circulating lately that “some villains don’t deserve to have a redemption arc.” But I don’t believe this. No villain deserves a redemption arc. But every villain could have one, if they tried, if they worked towards it, if they’re written well in both their understanding of their…

Writing Third Person Omniscient Point Of View.

Omniscient pov isn’t well loved by many (including myself), and that’s for primarily one reason: most people who write in omniscient pov have no idea what makes omniscient pov worthwhile or how to utilize it.  Many writers use omniscient pov as an easy way to…

A Word to Amateur Authors

My friends, my pals, my buddies, my fellow writers: Stop putting yourself down because some professional author with three best sellers writes better than you. Writing is a difficult skill that takes persistence and time to master. It takes writing bad books, then mediocre books,…

Fighting Writer’s Block 101

I have various motivational tips and things in this tag, so I’ll keep this to the basics. It depends a lot on what kind of writers block you’re having. “I can’t figure out what happens next.” Take a break, breathe, and outline. Even if you’re…

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Our Bloody Pearl is 99¢ until December 5th! The short: After a year of voiceless captivity, a bloodthirsty siren fights to return home while avoiding the lure of a suspiciously friendly and eccentric pirate captain. But don’t take my word for it… He whistles,…

Not all books are made equal.

(Not all books are made equal.) The making of not all books is equal. Some stories take ages to write, and longer to edit. Some you can knock out in what feels like an instant. Some are long. Some are short. Some are complex….