NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Piecemeal Criticism

When I write, I usually end up invariably creating chapters I did not intend to write when I originally wrote my outline.  Usually, they are on subjects or set in places that I did not originally research or intend to include in the novel. For this, I have the glorious internet to thank.  However, theContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #24: Piecemeal Criticism”

NaNoWriMo Tip #23: The Recorder

For those of you who have nothing to do but write all day long and all night, this blog post is not for you.  I am sure there are many writers out there attempting the NaNoWriMo who have to pigeon hole time during the day so that they might crank out several thousand words andContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #23: The Recorder”

Book Review: Pines by Blake Crouch

As a writer, I read a great number of books in all genres.  However, science fiction is near and dear to my nerdy little heart.  I don’t just love any type of science fiction, but love the type that not only has sound science but also a message that comments on humanity. This is whyContinue reading “Book Review: Pines by Blake Crouch”

5 Best Selling Novels We’ve Forgotten

I have been accused, on occasion, of lamenting the success of Twilight.  Why shouldn’t I?  It reads like a poorly scripted soap opera, it’s characters are shallow at best and it has no lasting value in regards to the human condition…and aren’t we already tired of seeing vampire books?  Most publishing houses are currently using aContinue reading “5 Best Selling Novels We’ve Forgotten”

A Chip Off the Old Block

Friday was a very special day for me.  It was the day that my oldest daughter informed me that she wanted to write a book. Kaylee is 11 years old and most parents probably would have said something like “Aww.  That’s cute.” or “that’s nice, dear” and then gone on about their business.  No.  IContinue reading “A Chip Off the Old Block”

Research and the Period Novel

I spent the better part of six months researching biblical end-times scenarios, possible ways that the world could fall apart geopolitically, super-viruses, and another six months outlining my novel to incorporate all of that knowledge.  One of the biggest problems that period novels have is when the research takes over the novel entirely. For example,Continue reading “Research and the Period Novel”

The Slow Start: How to Open Your Novel With a Bang

One of the most annoying facts about inexperienced novelists is that they often will open their novels with tons of backstory about some character or place.  The novel might begin with something like “The war was ongoing” or “this is the reason these two people did not get along with one another” or some otherContinue reading “The Slow Start: How to Open Your Novel With a Bang”

Aeon Timeline: Outlining Made Easy

I broke down and bought Aeon Timeline.  It was $39.99 in the AppStore, but so far it has been worth every penny.  Even though there is currently not a Windows version, I have found the program to be probably one of the greatest tools for planning out multiple story arcs, keeping track of character relationshipsContinue reading “Aeon Timeline: Outlining Made Easy”

The U.S. of After Chapter 7

Howard I could see it before they did. I had climbed up on the roof to enjoy the beautiful stars and found myself staring off into the night sky wondering when this current bad patch of human history would get better.  I had experienced several bad patches in recent history, but that was nothing newContinue reading “The U.S. of After Chapter 7”