Using Kindle Singles To Boost Your Fan Base

If you are reading this and you are a novelist and you are slaving away at a novel, this post is for you.  You probably have a publisher set deadline or you have set your own if you are a self-publisher like me.  Here is something you can do on those days when you getContinue reading “Using Kindle Singles To Boost Your Fan Base”

In Sickness and In Health: A Test of Determination

I have spent the entire school year in the Christmassy atmosphere of good health, watching all others around me come down with some type of bug and wringing my hands ‘neath the cool comfort of the GermX dispenser.  At last I have succumbed to one of the dangers of teaching teens: getting sick. Today isContinue reading “In Sickness and In Health: A Test of Determination”

Pulling Back on the Reigns

I’ve never really ridden in a horse drawn carriage much in life, (but if these gas prices keep going up I may soon do so) but I think of the horse drawn carriage as a perfect metaphor for my writing process. Think of the horse as the wild animal of my imagination, the carriage as the finished product,Continue reading “Pulling Back on the Reigns”

To Be Verb or Not To Be Verb

In the fall of 1990 (gosh that dates me) I attended one of my first college creative writing courses.  I had graduated from high school in ’89, and was known as a writer of horror fiction in my small rural school.  Suddenly I found myself in a bigger pond with bigger fish and felt completelyContinue reading “To Be Verb or Not To Be Verb”

Bored With Your Own Writing: 5 Things To Do To Not Become Stagnant

I wrote 6 chapters and did tons of research on my latest novel until I really hit my stride and found out that I would have to rewrite the entire thing.  I’m still writing a post-apocalyse novel about the biblical end times, but the effort I put into the first six chapters bored me silly.Continue reading “Bored With Your Own Writing: 5 Things To Do To Not Become Stagnant”

The Myth of Writer’s Block

I have taught AP Composition for over 10 years.  One of the things that students always complain about is what they call “writer’s block”.  I am convinced, after years of writing, that writer’s block does not exist, and is a concept created by a media culture to explain a simple phenomenon of laziness. A greatContinue reading “The Myth of Writer’s Block”