It’s FAWM time, plus an annoucement

Where did January go? It’s hard to believe that February has rolled in, particularly frigidly here in Indiana. Rather than flee south where it is warm, why not take your mind of the snow, ice and miserable cold by dedicating your month to another branch of writing: song writing. With February comes February Album WritingContinue reading “It’s FAWM time, plus an annoucement”

Spice up your writing routine

Have you ever found yourself in a rut? One where the words just aren’t coming, and you are losing focus or interest in your project? I know I have! And during such times, I have often found getting the spark back is easier when I shake up my writing routine and try things out ofContinue reading “Spice up your writing routine”

Female characters: living in a male-dominated world

Female characters can be challenging to write, particularly when they are placed in male-dominated worlds/eras, and often come in two extremes: damsels-in-distress/story wallpaper/the romantic interest or a man with boobs. Writers, in many cases, seem to think that to have a strong female character, they have to have great physical strength. While it is trueContinue reading “Female characters: living in a male-dominated world”

Personal style guides and why you need them

I’m not talking about “The Chicago Manual of Style,” “AP,” “MLA,” or any of the rest — no, I’m talking about writers creating their own personal style guide tailored to their novel or series — particularly fantasy and sci-fi writers. Why? Speculative fiction writers in general are prone to using names even words that areContinue reading “Personal style guides and why you need them”

The closing of one chapter, the beginning of another

I’ve finally completed the last major revisions to “Passage,” my fantasy novel, and have just made a print-out, in order to do a final read-through to catch any errors that made it through several rounds of revisions — because truth be told nothing can beat having a print out. Errors stick out more on aContinue reading “The closing of one chapter, the beginning of another”

A fantasy writer’s pet peeve: Stop screaming anachronism

What is an anachronism, you ask? Merriam Webster’s definition is as follows: 1. an error in chronology, especially a chronological misplacing of persons, events, objects, or customs in regard to each other; 2. a person or a thing that is chronologically out of place, especially one from a former age that is incongruous in theContinue reading “A fantasy writer’s pet peeve: Stop screaming anachronism”

Book Review: “The Emotion Thesaurus”

I had been eying “The Emotion Thesaurus: A Writer’s Guide to Character Expression” when suddenly I realized I had inadvertently purchased it for the Kindle app on my phone; however, that mistake proved quite fortuitous. As the name suggests the book is a thesaurus with each entry being an emotion, such as “Anger,” “Confidence,” “Desperation,”Continue reading “Book Review: “The Emotion Thesaurus””

A writer’s worst nightmare and lessons learned

Always save files regularly, constantly back files up: This is the mantra of all writers — or at least, it should be. Surprisingly while most writers will constantly save their work as they write, they do not always make regular up-to-date copies on multiple devices. Personally, I had gotten into a routine of saving aContinue reading “A writer’s worst nightmare and lessons learned”

Keep the writing spirit alive all yearlong

I was crazy, insane, off my rocker — just a little bit more than now — going into 2010, even more so at the end of 2010. I was riding high after my first NaNoWriMo win, and I had discovered there were other NaNoWriMo-esque events. My thoughts upon the discover: I want to participate inContinue reading “Keep the writing spirit alive all yearlong”

Obligatory 2013 Writing Goals List

It’s finally here 2013 — well, finally might not be the right choice of words since it seemed to fly here! Unlike 2012, I am very optimistic about reaching several writing goals, including the finished revisions to my novel “Passage,” which I hope to start submitting to agents by February or March. But about whatContinue reading “Obligatory 2013 Writing Goals List”