A Pattern Found In the Work of Philip K. Dick

I have, and always shall be, a fan of Phillip K. Dick.  I know that there were some questionable practices in his life, namely drug use, but his writing stands out as some of the most amazing and unique prose in the genre of science-fiction.  I don’t believe that he wrote his novels while inContinue reading “A Pattern Found In the Work of Philip K. Dick”

NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Adverb Use

One of the ugliest faux pas of any writer are the use of meaningless adverbs. There are three adverbs used by writers which slow down any writing style: really, actually and extremely. If you can avoid these all together and find better adverbs or remove them altogether, your prose will take on a much moreContinue reading “NaNoWriMo Tip #8: Adverb Use”

5 Ways to Work With Stubborn Writing

I spent last week with my son at camp and then visiting my uncle, and today it’s back to the laptop to start working on the novel again.  My only problem is that this scene I am about to write just doesn’t flow out of my head and through my keyboard like I’d prefer.  ItContinue reading “5 Ways to Work With Stubborn Writing”

Tolkien’s 5 Tips for Writing to an Audience

One of the most important things a writer must consider is the audience.  Who will read this massive tome we are constructing?  To what group of people are we directing our story?  J.R.R. Tolkien considered this in retrospect after The Hobbit had been on the shelves for a while.  He was asked the following questions by TheContinue reading “Tolkien’s 5 Tips for Writing to an Audience”