I started this blog to give would-be and struggling writers insights into the writing process. But the insights were mine and mine alone. I don’t wanna be the guy who tries to have all the answers. So my last post was an interview that I did with RK Holliday. He is a good writer and … Continue reading Behind “The Process”: Plotting vs Writing
Howdy folks! I'm really excited to share with you guys the highlights from an interview I did with author RK Holliday. He's a super nice guy and author of two books--The Edifice, a middle-grade fantasy/sci-fi novel; and Alone Together: Why Your Kids Are Watching Others Play, a non-fiction book for parents of gamers. I have … Continue reading Author Talk: An Interview with RK Holliday
Disclaimer: This post has some offensive words in it. The purpose is purely educational and is meant to start a meaningful dialogue. This post is NOT meant to shock, offend, or promote any kind of hateful thought or rhetoric. Not all the time. “There are no bad words. Bad thoughts. Bad intentions, and wooooords.”― George Carlin … Continue reading Is There a Good Time to Use Bad Words?
Why hello. How are you? Good, good. Glad to hear it. I've only got a minute, so I'll make this quick. You may have heard a few writers say this and I think--regardless if it seems to some like a no-brainer, or to others a silly waste of time--it's true. To make sure you have … Continue reading Behind “The Process” Quickie: Dialogue Tip
They say you should never ask a writer, "Where do you get your ideas?" Neil Gaiman has the most hilarious response to this question. The thing is, ideas are funny little bastards. They sneak in at strange times. Sometimes you'll be reading the news and think, They'll never get to the bottom of this, but … Continue reading You Should Never Ask a Writer…
Hey writers! One of the things writers fear most is exactly the thing they should most embrace. Criticism. I don't mean people telling you, "This is really good," or, "This sucks." While someone telling you something is good feels nice inside, by itself it isn't helpful. And the latter is every writer's worst fear (when … Continue reading Behind “The Process”: Don’t Be Shy
I heard it when I was a teacher. A lot. "How do you write? Like, how do you actually make an idea into a story?" Adults will sometimes ask me that, too, after they ask the old go-to: "So...what do you do for a living?" and I respond, "I'm a writer and stay-at-home dad." I … Continue reading Behind “The Process” Quickie: The most underrated writing tip of all time!