Gone, Gone: Are All the Good Ideas Gone?

In the crazy firestorm that is the major motion picture The Hunger Games we need to stop a moment and realize with a small whimper of sadness that all the good ideas may be used up. Don’t judge me.  The Hunger Games has a nice narrative, flows well, tells a good story and is all-in-allContinue reading “Gone, Gone: Are All the Good Ideas Gone?”

Deus Ex Machina: God Is Not A Crutch

Breaking Dawn is one of Stephanie Meyer’s most popular books, but it has within its pages a literary device that is something good writers should learn to use properly: deus ex machina. Deus ex machina is defined by my handy Dictionary of Literary Terms & Theory (Penguin) as: “any unanticipated intervener who resolves a difficultContinue reading “Deus Ex Machina: God Is Not A Crutch”

How To Find a Unique Narrative Style

One of the most difficult tasks of writing a long novel is the ability to create a narrative style that is unique, flows well, and remains consistent throughout the 50,000 words or so required for a novel. It also must be a style that catches a reader’s eye from the first few pages.  I haveContinue reading “How To Find a Unique Narrative Style”

Using Scrivener to Create a Proof Manuscript

Scrivener does many things automatically that have to be set up manually in Word. One of the things it does for novelists, writers of nonfiction and screenwriters is that it will format your document automatically for submission to a literary agent. It makes your document look professional and sharp with just a few clicks ofContinue reading “Using Scrivener to Create a Proof Manuscript”

How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook

You all know how I feel about Scrivener, but it is truly the best program for novelists out there.  For $49 it’s a steal and it is really not that complicated to use.  Today I thought I would show you how to format a Kindle .mobi file and an .epub file that is used onContinue reading “How to Use Scrivener to Format an e-Book for Kindle and Nook”

The Whole Novel Method: Teaching Students to Think

I have discovered a way to teach novels or literature while teaching writing that best balances the learning experience for English students and gives us the tools to succeed in keeping with the Common Core Standards (CCS).  I did not come up with this method on my own, but found out about it through aContinue reading “The Whole Novel Method: Teaching Students to Think”

Kiana Davenport Threatened By Her Publisher for Self-Publishing Through Kindle

I read an article today about published author Kiana Davenport and her woes with self-publishing after breaking contract with her publisher, Penguin Books.  You may have read something about this yourself. Basically, Davenport a published and well recieved author had a collection of award winning short stories in her drawer that she asked Penguin Books toContinue reading “Kiana Davenport Threatened By Her Publisher for Self-Publishing Through Kindle”

The Versatile Blogger Award

Apparently, I have been nominated for “The Versatile Blogger Award”.  Thank’s for the nomination, Corey M.P.! I have only been blogging seriously now since December, and have had some pretty good success in building my platform this way.  I blog on several topics, mostly writing, but sometimes I have to sound off on several diverseContinue reading “The Versatile Blogger Award”

“The Write Deal” Publishes E-Books… But With a Catch

Today e-publisher “The Write Deal” announced that it would be launching its self-publishing program entitled “Blue Leaf” later this month which is an editor selected offering of new and unpublished e-book authors. You can read about it here. I see an immediate pro and con of this new program: Pro: Authors who are selected to beContinue reading ““The Write Deal” Publishes E-Books… But With a Catch”

My New e-Short Story is Up

A short story I submitted to Kindle Singles is now up.  It is available on Amazon Kindle and on the Nook.  I formatted the book for Kindle and for Nook using Scrivener. …and hey, it’s only .99 cents! The Kindle version is found here. The Nook version is found here. If you buy a copy,Continue reading “My New e-Short Story is Up”