10 of the Worst Cliches in Fiction Writing

I’m a reader because all good writers are readers.  Mostly, however, I read because I love to read.  I am in many ways like Henry Bemis in “Time Enough At Last”, adapted from a Lyne Venable short story which chronicles the sad life of a chronic reader.  I’m so glad I have a Kindle Paperwhite, becauseContinue reading “10 of the Worst Cliches in Fiction Writing”

Why Is It So Difficult To Write Well?

I’m nearly halfway through the backstory material for my current WIP.  I’m writing a series of books tentatively titled The Five Rims Series and try as I might, I’m going to create a Tolkienesque place, a (most likely) vain attempt to give my setting a richness that will hopefully translate to a sweeping epic.  I’m justContinue reading “Why Is It So Difficult To Write Well?”

“The 100”: The Death Knell of the Teenage Dystopian Fad

Yesterday I noticed that the CW was airing a new series titled The 100, a dystopian/post-apocalyptic science fiction story based on the novel of the same name by Kass Morgan.  I don’t get very good reception on my HD antenna, so I waited until today to watch it on Hulu. After 15 minutes in, the cringingContinue reading ““The 100”: The Death Knell of the Teenage Dystopian Fad”

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”

How a Book is Born: A Humorous Yet Truthful Look at Publishing

Yesterday I brought up the point that it is strange how James Patterson completes the herculean task of churning out 12 best sellers in a year.  Today I found an info graphic by Mariah Bear that is a humorous satire of what it takes to get published these days, but it is also laden withContinue reading “How a Book is Born: A Humorous Yet Truthful Look at Publishing”

Just Because You’re Published Don’t Mean You Write Good

There seems to be a war of words in this currently hyped self-publishing boom between the self-published and the traditionally published.  The self-published go on and on about the success of some lucky few and the traditionally published are always noting that the reason people are published is due to the writer’s talent and thatContinue reading “Just Because You’re Published Don’t Mean You Write Good”