A to Z Challenge: Bibliomancy is a Miraculous Thing

As a novelist, I rely on literary devices to take my writing to the next level.  A writer who can consciously use literary devices in their writing without making them that obvious to the reader is a writer who is truly working their brain muscle.  Some literary devices are easier to use than others.  BibliomancyContinue reading “A to Z Challenge: Bibliomancy is a Miraculous Thing”

How To Find a Unique Narrative Style

One of the most difficult tasks of writing a long novel is the ability to create a narrative style that is unique, flows well, and remains consistent throughout the 50,000 words or so required for a novel. It also must be a style that catches a reader’s eye from the first few pages.  I haveContinue reading “How To Find a Unique Narrative Style”

The Great Balancing Act: Writing Novels and Blogging

I have been blogging non-stop since December, and I will have to say that my efforts are paying off.  While writing my novel, I have discovered the ins and outs of using Scrivener as a word processor and have posted a few articles about its use. I have been getting increasing traffic on my blog,Continue reading “The Great Balancing Act: Writing Novels and Blogging”

Just Because You’re Published Don’t Mean You Write Good

There seems to be a war of words in this currently hyped self-publishing boom between the self-published and the traditionally published.  The self-published go on and on about the success of some lucky few and the traditionally published are always noting that the reason people are published is due to the writer’s talent and thatContinue reading “Just Because You’re Published Don’t Mean You Write Good”

The Hype Cycle: How Self-Publishers Will Survive

I’ve been reading a mass of articles lately about the “hype of self-publishing” and how the industry is currently in a peak of hype about the idea that anyone with an idea who can string sentences together can publish and be as big of a success as Amanda Hawking or John Locke. There is aContinue reading “The Hype Cycle: How Self-Publishers Will Survive”

Back On the Horse, But Not At a Full Gallop

I’m out of the woods with the bronchitis, and it has given me a great load of time to think about what I’ll do once I get back to school and try to wrangle my students right before spring break is ticked off the calendar. I basically had a bronchitis break from school as IContinue reading “Back On the Horse, But Not At a Full Gallop”

Top Ten Favorite Books for This Writer

One writer to another, if you want to be a better writer, you must read good books.  I suppose you could read only books in your genre (which is recommended) but reading good authors to see what they do with the craft is quite mind-blowing and educational and will help in the long run toContinue reading “Top Ten Favorite Books for This Writer”

When Is My Novel Too Long?

You may have heard the story of author J.R.R. Tolkien who wrote The Lord of the Rings as one book before his publisher looked at him from across the desk and said “I’m sorry, John.  This book is just too long.  Break it up, will you?” I am not saying that a massive tome will notContinue reading “When Is My Novel Too Long?”

How To Write A Persuasive Essay: 10 Steps To Student Success

I have taught AP Comp classes for over 10 years.  In that time, I have picked up some handy tips to teaching students how to write a solid, well constructed and well written essay. Here are the steps: 1. Stick to the Prompt – The prompt may be on an essay test or it mayContinue reading “How To Write A Persuasive Essay: 10 Steps To Student Success”

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”