Your Blog Is Too Cerebral

d There is a famous story about Gene Roddenberry’s pitch to NBC about his “wagon train to the stars” idea he ended up calling Star Trek.  He told them that it would be a space adventure and that each episode would focus on some kind of deep philosophical or allegorical idea that commented on something thatContinue reading “Your Blog Is Too Cerebral”

R is for Retrospective

It’s been almost a year and a half since I started blogging, and even though it has had its ups and downs, here lately I’m seeing my numbers drop off slowly and steadily.  It makes me wonder if this blogging thing is really all it’s cracked up to be. I won’t quit.  No way.  IContinue reading “R is for Retrospective”

Narrator No-No

In the many years of writing fiction, I have discovered about twenty ways to narrate a story, most of them huge mistakes for the flow of the story I am trying to tell.  Since landing an agent, I found out that there are also some narrator types or mistakes that are off-putting to modern readersContinue reading “Narrator No-No”

How to Embed a Theme Into Text

There are so many great texts out there, but as I always argue with my students, there are definite differences between entertainment writing and literary writing.  One thing that is most lacking in popular fiction today is some type of overarching theme that speaks to the human condition.  Has this indeed been lost on thisContinue reading “How to Embed a Theme Into Text”

The Terror of the Blank Page

Last night as I watched The Walking Dead I would cycle back and forth during commercials to view the Oscar ceremonies.  One phrase stood out to me as I was doing this, and it was what was said by the announcer right before Quentin Tarantino was awarded an Oscar for best original screenplay.  The announcer said inContinue reading “The Terror of the Blank Page”

A Word About Flashbacks

The flashback can be one of the most wonderful and magical ways to give background for a character.  It can also become a horribly overused device that can cripple a text.  It works for comic effect on Family Guy because its overuse becomes the butt of the joke, but when writing fiction it can be somethingContinue reading “A Word About Flashbacks”

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 #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here

Today’s title comes from Dante’s Inferno, the words written upon the gates of hell.  You may be feeling like that right now even if you have planned this NaNoWriMo novel to the teeth.  It happens. If your fingers are still hammering away at the NaNoWriMo (and you haven’t given up), you have come thus farContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #21: Abandon All Hope All Ye Who Enter Here”

NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Write Blind

This blog is related to the blog post I wrote yesterday.  Often when I write, I write whole chunks of text and then the Inner Critic Faerie pops in and tells me to change what I just wrote because it is unbecoming of my ability.  I have to ignore that sometimes and just write onContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #20: Write Blind”