Character Death Should Be Premeditated

I’m a big fan of fiction and screenplays that kill off major characters mid-stream.  It happened in Breaking Bad.  It happens all the time in The Walking Dead.  The problem is that an amateur writer will kill off characters for the sake of killing them off or for shock value without thinking through the character death andContinue reading “Character Death Should Be Premeditated”

Writing An Ending First

My latest work in progress, Come Apart, has been a year long experiment to see if I could write the final chapter of a book first and then build the rest of the novel around that final chapter. I can tell you that the progress has been a challenge. This all started when I read Pines  by BlakeContinue reading “Writing An Ending First”

Workaday Writer: The Marathon Writing Weekend

I have an awesome wife.  I absolutely have to put this out there.  Without her I wouldn’t be able to write the books I write.  You see, I also have four children.  I am extremely involved in their lives and love every minute of raising them (even the pre-teen drama). Yet, I am a writerContinue reading “Workaday Writer: The Marathon Writing Weekend”

Writing With Juxtaposed Tones

The past few nights, while working on my current WIP, I discovered that I was nearly subconsciously doing something with my prose that was at the same time fascinating as it was a personal best. I wrote using two juxtaposed tones. I will not post the chapter in question on this blog as I amContinue reading “Writing With Juxtaposed Tones”

3 Things I Learned from Tom Clancy

Yesterday the world lost a prolific and well known writer.  Tom Clancy passed away at the age of 66, leaving behind a massive list of best selling novels, books that inspired movies and a host of video games. But what did Clancy have to teach us?  I’m sure there will never be any Tom ClancyContinue reading “3 Things I Learned from Tom Clancy”

5 Reasons Why Breaking Bad is Macbeth

Breaking Bad is now in its final death throes, and we will soon all see what happens to Walter White and the rest of his crew, not to mention his tortured family.  Most well written stories reference great literature, but Vince Gilligan has indeed made some obvious references from Shakespeare that are evident throughout theContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Breaking Bad is Macbeth”

Science Fiction Is On the Rise

I am a huge science fiction nerd and have been since I was a small boy.  Apparently we nerds are growing in number around the world, at least in the realm of e-book sales.  In a recent Wired Magazine article by Graeme McMillan, the big publishing houses are taking notice.  It appears that with the successContinue reading “Science Fiction Is On the Rise”

Under the Dome: Stephen King Talks Writing Brass Tacks

The new miniseries based on Stephen King‘s best selling novel Under the Dome premieres tonight on CBS at 9 eastern time (U.S.) and there was a great live chat with him that you can view below where he answers questions from Twitter and talks about the processes he uses as a writer.  There are many wise writingContinue reading “Under the Dome: Stephen King Talks Writing Brass Tacks”

Tolkien on Allegory

For years we have heard the story that J.R.R. Tolkien, creator of Middle Earth, never intended for any of his books to be allegory at all even though the Christian community rallies around him as a writer of Christian fiction.  It is true that we can see many images of Christ in the characters ofContinue reading “Tolkien on Allegory”

Tolkien on Tolkien: Frodo’s Other Option

For those of us who have read The Lord of the Rings, we all thrill when Frodo finally throws the One Ring into the crack of Mount Doom, but according to Tolkien’s own letters Frodo had one other option once he possessed the Dark One’s Ring. In a letter to a fan, one Eileen Elgar, whoContinue reading “Tolkien on Tolkien: Frodo’s Other Option”