Finding an audience and defining your book’s genre are closely related. Let’s start by looking at some genres and subgenres:Read More
Here are some of my highlights from the book The War of Art by Steven Pressfield. My favorites are in bold. Every person doing creative work should read this book.Read More
“Have an idea for a huge space opera trilogy? You’re not ready to write that novel yet. Start with something small.”
This is one of the best pieces of advice about writing I received when I was first starting out. It came from my friend Lance Schaubert.Read More
You’ve finished your book. It’s edited and edited and edited. The cover looks amazing. Now it’s out in the world.
Now, how do you let people know?Read More
When I started writing, all of my stories sounded like Ray Bradbury had written them. I’m not trying to say I was an amazing writer. The opposite is true.
I was copying Ray Bradbury.Read More
Writing the first draft is one of the best parts of the storytelling process (other than outlining, of course). It’s a time where anything can happen and spelling doesn’t matter. Your only job when sitting down to write a first draft is getting words on a page.Read More
Nothing will take you out of a story faster than bad dialogue. If someone is reading your dialogue and thinks, “I’m reading dialogue,” you’ve lost as an author.
Poorly written dialogue is like looking through the mouth hole at Disneyland and seeing the person inside of Mickey. The magic is gone when the mechanics are exposed.Read More
Ray Bradbury is my favorite creative person ever. His passion and zeal for storytelling inspires me on a daily basis. I’ve often thought, “What I would ask Mr. Bradbury if I would have had a chance to meet him.”Read More
Spoiler alert: Story ideas come from everywhere. From seeing three kids with band instruments standing in a yard (creeped me out a bit) to listening to a podcast and thinking, “This would be a great story...IN SPACE”.Read More