Fictional death: Should it come for all?

On a forum that I frequent, one poster launched a discussion in regards to death in fiction, asking why the majority of authors feel the need to resurrect characters or never kill them all along. This, in turn, got me thinking about fictional deaths both in the books I read and the ones I write.Continue reading “Fictional death: Should it come for all?”

Let’s Research: Filling In The Gaps

You’ve done your research, like really, copious amounts of it. There are a piles of books scattered around your house and don’t even mention the hoard of URLs and downloaded journal articles clogging up your computer or other devices. What’s this?! There’s a loose end, there’s another one, and no, are they multiplying? Don’t fret.Continue reading “Let’s Research: Filling In The Gaps”

5 Gift Ideas For Writers

Christmas is just around the corner. If you still need to shop for the writers in your life, I have some gift suggestions for you. These suggestions, of course, also work for birthdays and other special occasions! No. 1: Trashy Thoughts Journal The trashy thoughts journal is homemade by a local to me couple,¬†YetiAndBooCreations. IContinue reading “5 Gift Ideas For Writers”

YouTube Channels Writers Should Check Out

I love the custom content that has emerged on YouTube, especially those that are aimed at helping writers improve their craft or aimed at connecting readers. Today, I’m sharing five of my favorite YouTube Channels. I hope you will check them out because they have a lot to offer, plus they are entertaining!

Why Writers Should Care About Infrastructure

Infrastructure makes everyday life — as we know it — possible. Much of it is buried and can go unthought of when it’s working; however, throw in a major storm that overwhelms¬†our wastewater systems, and bam! we’re wading through poop water. The average person really pays no mind to infrastructure — minus during times ofContinue reading “Why Writers Should Care About Infrastructure”

Protecting Yourself

Copyright is a challenging topic if you don’t have a law degree and haven’t studied up on it. Lord knows I am no expert myself, so I try to use as many of my own photos/graphics and public domain photos as possible on this blog — with a few exceptions that I feel fall underContinue reading “Protecting Yourself”

Gen Con Recap #1: Structuring Life for Creativity

One of the best seminars I had attended during Gen Con 2016 was Structuring Life for Creativity, which was presented by Sandra Tayler. It is a subject that I think a lot of writers struggle with; after all, we are all busy. Sometimes, our creative selves and our writing take second fiddle to life’s craziness. IContinue reading “Gen Con Recap #1: Structuring Life for Creativity”

The logistics of war

This post is in honor of Memorial Day. Thank you to all who have served, including those who paid the ultimate price. Writing a novel containing a war is perhaps one of the most challenging things to do, particularly if you, due to your characters, are in the thick of the conflict, which is veryContinue reading “The logistics of war”

Rethink rewrites

Rewrites have a negative connotation in the writing world, and when listening to some writers talk about them, you’d suspect they were on par with a root canal! I’m well up to my head in revisions for my SciFi novel right now, but you won’t catch me griping about them. Revisions and rewrites are justContinue reading “Rethink rewrites”

Openings for clients

Are you looking to have your short story or novel professionally edited? I am opening up limited slots at prices that can’t be beat for both content editing (get input on characters/plot/other story mechanics, plus feedback on any specific questions you might have) and copyediting (grammar and style). I am open to different genres, thoughContinue reading “Openings for clients”