Because I mention him, I'm using a picture of Cthulhu, and nobody can convince me not to. If you’re reading this blog, chances are that you are a fantasy or sci-fi writer. And if you’re a fantasy or sci-fi writer, chances are that you are a fantasy or sci-fi reader. Which means that, at one… Continue reading Pausing the Story: A Warning on Info Dumps
Ah, yes, one of those topics that sounds so simple. In order to finish your book, you should write, and if you write, you will finish your book. Case closed, right? Of freaking course not. Because writing doesn't ever work like that at all. I recently (finally!) finished my second story, Nemesis, and it took… Continue reading The End: How to Finish Your Book
Writing is a frustrating thing. You start on a topic that you're really excited about, do the research, create the characters and get to work, until one day, that new book or movie advertisement showcases a story nearly like your own. Now what? People are going to think you copied the plot? People won't… Continue reading It’s All Been Done Before: From Premise to Plot
When I was about 12 years old, I read The Hunchback of Notre Dame for the first time. It was one of those books that I loved so much, that I had multiple versions sitting on my bookshelf, all geared toward various reading levels. Recently, I had a free credit for Audible and decided to… Continue reading The Victor Hugo Folly: What Is Too Much Description?
After a small hiatus (like, a month, but who’s counting), I’m back. After trying to juggle planning my personal blog posts with my blog posts for work and my chapters for my second novel, I realized that there’s really no getting around it: unless you’re a New York Times bestseller and can live off of… Continue reading Plan Ahead or Live Dangerously: When to Prewrite and When to Wing It
For this post, we’re going to go a different route, in which all hopes of a comfortable novel writing experience are crushed under the merciless thumb of realism. I’ll cut to the point quickly: you are not going to finish a perfect novel in a month. When I started writing Hubris, I was hopeful that… Continue reading I Hate My Writing: Tips to Rekindle the Inspiration to Finish Your Novel