6 Resources for Post-Apocalyptic Novelists

I am currently writing a post-apocalyptic novel This Broken Earth.  When creating a post-apocalyptic world, a writer needs to base the environment on events that could possibly happen in our near future.  Readers need to see the post-apocalyptic world writers show them and nod their head in agreement, not scratch their head wondering how the writer’sContinue reading “6 Resources for Post-Apocalyptic Novelists”

Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Creating Epic Heroes

One of my most popular posts is Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers, in which I glean from J.R.R. Tolkien’s letters of his wisdom about writing.  Today I will delve into his letters again, but will focus on the epic character Aragorn and ask Professor Tolkien how he created great characters. 1.  Motivational Mirrors – TolkienContinue reading “Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Creating Epic Heroes”

Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers

I have long been a fan of J.R.R. Tolkien.  Every year, when school dismisses for summer break, I read The Lord of the Rings.  This year I will read it to my children and do all the voices for them.  Tolkien was a brilliant writer, but what if we could sit down with him and askContinue reading “Tolkien’s 10 Tips for Writers”

Being Xenophanes: How to Write Satire

Today a former student of mine wandered into my room with paper in hand ready for me to churn out writing tips.  This student will graduate in a few weeks, and he has been assigned to write a satirical piece of his choosing about a social issue.  Like Xenophanes of the 6th century who traveledContinue reading “Being Xenophanes: How to Write Satire”

5 Reasons Why Writing Is Hard Work

Today is the day we write about something beginning with the letter “W” as part of the grueling race that is the “A to Z Blogging Challenge”.  When I think of today’s chosen letter, I can think of nothing else but the thing I love most: writing. There is a current boon of self-published writersContinue reading “5 Reasons Why Writing Is Hard Work”

Vade Mecum: 6 Reference Books All Writers Need

Vade Mecum, Latin for “go with me” has come to mean any book kept constantly on hand.  I posted an article a few days ago about science fiction novels that every writer must read, but today I thought I would list five reference books absolutely necessary for success in the craft of writing.  These booksContinue reading “Vade Mecum: 6 Reference Books All Writers Need”

Ugly Errors: 5 Reasons Why Writers Must Learn to Revise

As Taylor Mali illustrates so eloquently in the above video, writers should stop relying on spell check to edit their writing for them and start learning how to revise. One of the best books on the market for self-editing is by Renni Browne and Dave King: Self-Editing for Fiction Writers: How to Edit Yourself IntoContinue reading “Ugly Errors: 5 Reasons Why Writers Must Learn to Revise”

Tabula Rasa: 6 Ways to Begin Writing a Novel

In the 17th century, John Locke wrote “An Essay Concerning Human Understanding” in which he posited that at birth human beings are born as if they were a blank slate.  Many of you reading this post right now may be at this stage with your novel, the blank “slate” staring at you, be it aContinue reading “Tabula Rasa: 6 Ways to Begin Writing a Novel”

5 Authors With Style Worth Studying

Style is defined as the characteristic manner of expression in prose or verse or how a particular writer phrases things.  If we are to become better writers, we must develop our own sense of style.  According to the Dictionary of Literary Terms & Theory, “the analysis of style involves examination of a writer’s choice of words,Continue reading “5 Authors With Style Worth Studying”

10 Science Fiction Novels Every Writer Should Read

My writer’s heart beats to the drum of a hyperdrive engine.  I absolutely love science fiction.  I have been heavily influenced by the great science fiction novelists whose worlds I have traveled while lying on the couch, riding on a bus or sitting in the back of the family car on vacation road trips. GreatContinue reading “10 Science Fiction Novels Every Writer Should Read”