Writing

  • 5 NaNoWriMo Tips

    NaNoWriMo, or National Novel Writing Month, is every November. Here are a few tips to help you finish this fast paced challenge.

  • 10 Joss Whedon Writing Tips

    Joss Whedon, known best for Buffy the Vampire Slayer and, okay, maybe now that little movie called The Avengers, is sort of a bit of a hero of mine. Below, I have 10 of Joss’ writing tips for you. Number two is a particular favorite of mine, as I’m bit of a structure stickler. Aside: […]

  • How to Start a Story

    Wondering how to start a story? Here are some tips on where to begin, and almost more importantly, where to not begin.

  • 25 Fantasy Writing Prompts

    If you wait for inspiration to strike before you start writing, you might never put pen to paper or fingers to keys. That’s where writing prompts can help. Since I write scifi and fantasy, I’ve put together a list of 25 fantasy writing prompts to get you started. These are various ideas that have been […]

  • Why we love Walter White

    Have you noticed how bad some of TV’s greatest heroes have been lately? Walter White was… heinous. Dexter? That guy killed a lot of people. Carrie Mathison? A patriot, yes—but she’s out of her everloving mind and makes the worst choices anyone could ever make. Still we love her right along with Dexter and White, […]

  • The Making Of Two Great Scifi and Fantasy Books

    Recently, I had the pleasure of working on several amazing books with Boxfire Press, two of which I’ve got some behind-the-scenes videos to show. These are two of my favorite covers this season, and a lot of work went into making them look so great.

  • Why you should write for just one person

    Who do you write for? I’ve noticed how often so-called content-specialists or writing teachers or any of the like will tell you to “know your audience” or some bullshit like that, without every really telling you why or, maybe more importantly, how. I think it’s because they don’t really know.

  • Spangly words do not good writing make

    Not long ago, I had the pleasure, or displeasure, of a reviewing a manuscript that used the phrase “from whence it came.” This was not in jest. The writer was serious. And that was a big problem.

  • 5 Warning Signs Your Story is Off To a Bad Start

    The start of your story is just so important. Just ask any editor or agent how long it takes them to reach a “no” on your submission—if they’re being honest, they’re gonna say it takes them just a few paragraphs. If they’re getting through a few pages before that no comes, it’s because your writing […]