Check out this great piece by K.M. Weiland, readers! Like any good story, the writing life is a tale of deceptive depth. At first glance, it offers up a shiny, artsy, fun cover. Become a Writer! its title beckons, and its first chapters lure us in by fulfilling all these initial promises. But the deeper we get, … Continue reading Reposted: 7 Misconceptions About Being a Writer
Check out this great piece by Adam Lane Smith, future writers: Every morning I’m bored to death, and I hate it. I’m signed up to a ton of email lists, some of them friends and others gurus or mentors in various fields. With some writers, I expect the content to be terrible because I follow … Continue reading Reposted: Write killer content that sells
Take a look at this great piece by K. M. Weiland, readers: How peachy would the writing life be if we didn’t have to prevent plot holes. Just imagine—you could write anything you wanted to, and every single thing would make sense. No need to worry about the fact that your two awesome scenes actually don’t make … Continue reading Reposted: 4 Questions to Prevent Plot Holes
Check out this insightful piece by Frank Luke, readers! After much thinking about Joseph Campbell’s Monomyth, I concluded it was incorrect. The problem is that there are too many exceptions. In his many-step journey, he states that many stories will have these out of order or skip steps entirely. “Ah, Frank,” I hear you say, “You … Continue reading Reposted: What Cost for the Hero?
Why You Need to Write Less (Every Now and Then) It has been almost 20 days since I last opened my book. I’m very slowly making my way through a second draft. There are no deadlines other than the recklessly ambitious one I set for myself at the end of 2019 … you know. Before … Continue reading Reposted: Why You Need to Write Less (Every Now and Then)
A little while ago this author introduced readers to a music video from an anime series she enjoys and has regularly referenced of late. Those who have read my most recent series of posts will remember the one she means: My Hero Academia*, better known in some circles by its Japanese title, Boku no Hero … Continue reading Making the Audience Smile – How Important Is It?
Check this interesting piece by K.M. Weiland, readers: Using All Four Cognitive Functions as a Writer My heart is so full as I write this. So many things going on in the world right now—both good and bad. It makes me reflect, not for the first time, on the tremendous gift given to writers in … Continue reading Reposted: Using All Four Cognitive Functions as a Writer
Check out this fantastic piece by Kit Sun Cheah, readers: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical Today when people think of science fiction and fantasy, chances are, they think of two separate genres. Science fiction, the genre of starships and computers and technology. Fantasy, the genre of knights and dragons and castles. Two distinct genres, … Continue reading Reposted: Between the Mythical and the Mechanical
Check out this piece by this amazing young author, readers: 6 Writing Excuses Busted (Or How an 11-Year-Old Published Her Novel Novel) Writing excuses are easy to come up with. Easy to justify. But to publish, you’ll need to learn how to avoid using at least six of them—maybe more. My goal is to help … Continue reading Reposted: 6 Writing Excuses Busted (Or How an 11-Year-Old Published Her Novel Novel)
Check out this piece by K.M. Weiland, readers: Creativity vs. Distraction: 13 Tips for Writers in the Age of the Internet I was twelve when I learned how to use my first hand-me-down computer. It ran Windows for Workgroups and played games like Crystal Caves and Commander Keen. Getting that computer was a life-changing experience. In some ways, … Continue reading Reposted: Creativity vs. Distraction: 13 Tips for Writers in the Age of the Internet