So, there is a saying that I’m going to butcher. It goes something like “good editing makes good writing great writing.“ That’s just some truth. But as true as it is it is hard to find any writer that loves editing. It’s hard to get into a groove. There is lots of head pounding and … More Best Read Aloud
The other day I was editing and rewriting some stuff I’d written about a year ago. I realized something very important. If I stumbled on my books at random, I would really enjoy them. I’m not seeing I’m a great writer. Just implying it. But, seriously, so much of editing is just seeking out the … More Still Editing
In my upcoming novel one of the themes is family and fatherhood. I wanted a scene where young Bramble hears a joke from the potential father figure, Lucas. I figured what better way than to steal a joke I’ve heard from my own dad countless of times. I hope you enjoy it. “Well, you know. … More ‘A Song in Darkness’ Excerpt w/ Lucas and Bramble
I want to write of heroes and villains. Gods and magic. I want to spin stories of iron friendships and broken trusts, I want readers to laugh and feel horrified. To cry tears of multiple shades. I want to write you a new companion and a new enemy. I want to surprise myself with a … More A Writing Desire
I’m not sure of the last time I posted here. Not just a link to a podcast or something like that. I mean a real thing I’ve written. It’s kind of fallen to the side. The last few months I’ve been dealing with making it through that thing we are all dealing with. So far, … More I’ve haven’t been writing.
After a while of planning I finally had time to sit down with the one and only Adam Wing to record what will become the first episode of our podcast (tentatively) called Write Good. I’m breaking that rule of never announce any details until they are a little more cemented, but I had such a … More Coming Soon: Write Good.
A little while ago I wrote a post about using your interests to make sure you enjoy what it is you are doing. The idea being that even if it isn’t the “best” way, you’ll get better results if you are having fun. I wanted to follow that up with another real world strategy: turning … More Do It How You Like (coda)
I feel like I have two main sets of hobbies. There is reading and writing. Everyone can see how those link up. You read. You read enough, and maybe you want to tell stories yourself. Makes sense in a way. Those skills seem linked. And the. There are the other two. Writing (again) and strumming. … More Strumming and Writing
Part two of our discussion on “Write what you know.” You can find the first part here, where I write about the importance of research as well as grounded things in genuine experience. This is the one where I am a little worried, because I feel it is likely to bring out stronger feelings. Few … More Write What You Learn (2)
Never in my life have I had to stare down a dragon. It just has never happened. And most likely never will, unless those scientists get super silly. The good news is that even though I can write about dragons, no one really expects me to have experienced them. But it seems that there are … More Write What You Learn (1)