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”

Let’s Write A Bad Poem

I hand this little writing exercise out when I have a substitute and have to be out of the classroom.  It is a fun writing exercise that makes students think about how they structure their writing and reviews some of the finer points of style. Everyone can write poetry.  There is no secret or tricks,Continue reading “Let’s Write A Bad Poem”

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”