Beginnings and Endings

I’ve been thinking about openings and closings. When it comes to storytelling must-haves, I think these are the two most important things to get your mitts around. Sure, every element is important—stories that waiver in their basic foundation are not going anywhere, and work without engaging characters (or pick any other element you want) face […]

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How Do I Get Better at Writing?

In the months before we moved to Arizona, I met up for lunch with a young writer who asked lots of “how do I get started” kinds of questions. He was an energetic guy with lots of passion and just the right amount of oblivion to the idea failure to ensure he would make it […]

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Fast Writing vs. Work >> Starborn Nears!

— For those patiently awaiting Starborn, book 6 of Stealing the Sun, I’m relieved to say the wait is nearly over. I’ve gotten feedback from my beta readers (very positive, yay!), and am in the last stages of getting the manuscript ready for copy editing. I’ll wait a bit before giving a solid publication date, […]

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Stupid Question #37

Recently another writer asked me (via email) how do I know my stuff is good enough for  anyone to publish? She labeled the email “Stupid Question #37.” Rather than being a stupid question, it’s one that cuts to the heart of what it means to write. No one wants to pour your heart onto the […]

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Writing vs. Typing, Hallelujah!

It’s the season for conflict. No, not Trump vs. Clinton. I’m talking Nanowrimo fans and their opposition, a group that for the lack of a better term I’ll call the, anti-rimos. On one hand, you’ve got something like 29.394 billion writers of various skill levels pounding out words at a 50,000 word pace for the […]

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Rules #3 and #5

Today I got to partake in Heinlein’s Rules #3 and #5. For those of you who read my little bloggy thing and are unfamiliar with Heinlein’s Rules, these are five simple but difficult pieces of advice given by (naturally) Robert A. Heinlein. They consist of: – – – – – – – 1.) You must […]

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Dare to Be Good

In the middle of everything else going on, Lisa Silverthorne and I have embarked on a short story dare. For the past six weeks, each Monday we’ve alternated giving ourselves a prompt, and written stories (due midnight Sunday). This process is modeled after Heinlein’s Rules, and was advocated by Dean Wesley Smith back in the […]

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