The Writing Process Blog Tour

11 Jul
Photo by Oliver Hammond

Photo by Oliver Hammond

Hey, so today’s post will be a bit different. I was tagged by my writing friend Pat Esden for The Writing Process Blog Tour.

I’ll share a bit about my current work in progress and what my own writing process is like. Maybe you’re the same, maybe you’re totally different, but hopefully we can learn a bit about each other. Continue reading

What Writers Can Learn From Firefly

30 Jun

Doctor Who Filming On LocationFIREFLY. One of the best TV shows of all time. You haven’t seen it? What? I forgive you… I suppose. (It’s been while since I’ve geeked out, so indulge me.)

Firefly is a western in space, people. In space. Starring the charming Nathan Fillion. With a director like Joss Whedon, great writing, award winning CG, and a storyline that stands out from the usual TV drama regurgitant, why did it get cancelled after a single season? If it can happen to Joss, it can happen to you. Continue reading

When Real Life Happens To Your Fiction

16 Jun
Photo by Nic Taylor

Photo by Nic Taylor

Sometimes life just sucks. It doesn’t go exactly the way you would write it. No loose ends neatly tied in bows. No happily ever afters.

But hold on! If life doesn’t work out perfectly, then why should your fiction?

In a world full of skeptics and analyzers, would anyone really believe it if your main character got everything they wanted? Would you believe it if it happened in reality? No! We’d all secretly be wondering when the other shoe is going to drop.

Okay, enough with the negativity. When life’s plot gets twisted, how can we as writers use our own personal experiences to navigate our storylines (if not our lives)? Continue reading

How To Get Your Writing Groove Back

9 Jun
Photo by Fred Scharmen

Photo by Fred Scharmen

“A writer is a writer not because she writes well and easily, because she has amazing talent, or because everything she does is golden. A writer is a writer because, even when there is no hope, even when nothing you do shows any sign of promise, you keep writing anyway.” – Junot Diaz

Hello, there. It’s me again. Remember me? Yes, it’s been a while, but I’m still here. I’m still writing.

Amongst many changes and all the ups and downs that have taken control of my life in the last six months, I am still writing. My twitter feed may have dwindled, my blog outright suffered, but I held fast to the golden rule – NEVER STOP WRITING.

I admire those people who write at the same time every day like clockwork, come rain or shine. But sometimes life happens. It really just does. When life forces your writing to take a detour, how do you find your way back?
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DIY Self-Marketing For Writers

6 Jan
Photo by Geraint Rowland

Photo by Geraint Rowland

Today, Mike Hartner has agreed to follow up his last post by sharing more of his experience and wisdom.  Welcome back, Mike!…

Congrats!  You’re published.  In today’s world, in many cases, it won’t matter whether you are self-published, or published by one of the Big Six.  You will need Marketing.

Marketing.  Yes, that ugly word.  What, you mean my book doesn’t sell itself?  Nope.  Sorry to disappoint, but you are one of nearly a million people who have self published this past year.  Finding your book, for any but the most diligent (read: friends and relatives) is going to be a crapshoot.

So how do you make your odds better? Continue reading

How Christmas Can Improve Your Writing

23 Dec
Photo by Scott Clark

Photo by Scott Clark

Your crazy grandma…  Your drunk uncle…  You narcissistic sister…

Family is great, huh?  Some real characters.  And Christmas is the force that brings us all together.  For better or worse.  But just because you’re taking a break from your keyboard to enjoy the cheer, doesn’t mean that you have to stop working.  Grab your notebook, because you’re about to take a lesson in realistic relationships. Continue reading

From Hockey To Books – Luke Murphy Shares His Marketing Secrets

16 Dec

IMG_5365 (2)-1Today we have author Luke Murphy joining us to explain his techniques for marketing his debut novel, Dead Man’s Hand.  Hello, Luke!…

Marketing Starts With Writing

My marketing started with the writing of my book. I always had a plan, an idea of the plot, but now I had to think about the characters and setting, and I had to think about my target audience in this stage. Continue reading

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