Writing a Novel: A Retrospective

This Broken Earth  is finished, as far as the series versions.  I will go back these next few weeks to fine tune and tweak the entire thing so that I might produce them as one volume.  These will include a print edition through CreateSpace, and a Kindle, Nook and iTunes version as well.  After spendingContinue reading “Writing a Novel: A Retrospective”

I’ve Been Nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award

I am honored and thankful that I have so many followers of my blog who think highly enough of me to nominate me for things, but Blog of the Year is really nice.  Thanks go out to Vicki Acton at “The View Outside“, a great and informative blog about writing and also to Alex Laybourne,Continue reading “I’ve Been Nominated for the Blog of the Year 2012 Award”

The Weekend Marathon…and a Roundup

After I write this post, I’m signing off.  I’ll be back on Monday, and will write yet another blog post, but this weekend is the hard-core write fest.  I have to reach a goal of at least 7,000 words to stay on track for the 21st release date. How will I do this? I haveContinue reading “The Weekend Marathon…and a Roundup”

NaNoWriMo Tip #28: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly

So maybe you’ve finished the NaNoWriMo or maybe you are slaving away at the final pages (and if you are, you need to stop reading this RIGHT NOW and get back to work), but I’m sure that as you peruse the text of your masterpiece you will find some scenes, character dialogue or something elseContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #28: The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly”

NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Action In the Dialogue

Every year I teach Shakespeare, one student invariably asks the following question:  Why does Shakespeare not write stage directions in his plays?  The answer to this question is always the same: If you will examine his dialogue, you will find that he does. For example, in Hamlet Act 1.1 we have this exchange: BERNARDO: Who’sContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #17: Action In the Dialogue”

Book Release Party: The Lost Crew

As a writer, it is always important to surround yourself with other writers.  However, my good friend Ryan McKinley wasn’t writing much at all when I met him almost 10 years ago, but that has changed dramatically since 2007. My other good friend Jerry Bennett wasn’t a full time artist when I met him almostContinue reading “Book Release Party: The Lost Crew”

Teaching Common Core Poetry: A Moment of Clarity

I have been teaching a poetry unit now since September and my students are working in groups to find meaning in poetry using several close analysis methods. The methods I have used so far have been: 1.  TPCASTT – T-title:  The meaning of the title without reference to the poem. P-paraphrase:  Put the poem, line by line,Continue reading “Teaching Common Core Poetry: A Moment of Clarity”

Less is More: Our Writing Is Frittered Away By Detail

  Writing is an ever changing chameleon.  If we examine texts written throughout the ages we soon begin to notice a pattern of writing styles that change over time.  Everyone remembers Shakespeare, his eloquent speeches, powerful dialogue and dramatic scenes forever burned into our memory.  If one picks up a copy of a best sellingContinue reading “Less is More: Our Writing Is Frittered Away By Detail”

Writing Believable Dialogue

One of the most important keys to writing an engaging novel is dialogue.  However, some writers are able to write it well, and some writers have trouble.  Today I thought I would discuss four pitfalls that writers often find themselves and some ways to combat this nasty issue. Problem #1: Stilted Dialogue Stilted dialogue isContinue reading “Writing Believable Dialogue”

Inspiration Comes from Everywhere

As you all know, I just finished the rough draft of This Broken Earth: Book 1, The U.S. of After and after revising a few times sent it off to my readers for review.  This does not mean I stop working.  I am simply in a holding pattern while I work up the nerve to startContinue reading “Inspiration Comes from Everywhere”