The Importance of Having an Author Controlled Platform

BuzzFeed recently reported that Twitter may roll out a major change to the way users’ timelines are ordered. Instead of tweets appearing chronologically, they’ll supposedly be switched to an order determined by algorithms, thus hiding new updates in favor of popular or trending ones, as Facebook now does. In spite of Twitter’s CEO Jack Dorsey’s… Read More »

Ditching the Character Interview

Ah, the character interview, the go-to tool for literary and genre writers alike to help them get a feel for their characters’ inner and outer worlds. As if grasping a character’s, er, character is as easy as filling in the blanks on a standardized form. When I first began writing fiction, I tried this route… Read More »

Writerly Quote of the Week

“The wonder is that characteristic efficacy to touch and inspire deep creative centers dwells in the smallest nursery fairy tale–as the flavor of the ocean is contained in a droplet or the whole mystery of life within the egg of a flea. For the symbols of mythology are not manufactured; they cannot be ordered, invented,… Read More »

Upcoming Surprises for Writers

I’ve taken a small break from fiction to work on a non-fiction book for writers. I don’t want to spill the beans about the exact content, but I can say that it will contain a hard look at mistakes I’ve made juxtaposed against helping aspiring and newly published authors avoid those same mistakes. I’ll have… Read More »

Can’t Never Could

Over the past few days, I’ve run into a couple of unexpected situations (some would call them opportunities) to perform a little author outreach in my local area, all to aspiring authors. One young woman said she enjoys writing, then tacked on, “Oh, but I could never write the way you do.” I looked her… Read More »

Plot: It’s Not the Car. It’s the Driver.

There’s a lot of discussion about the originality of story ideas (or the lack thereof) among writers. In fact, it can be quite the controversy, particularly when one writer feels that another has ripped off key aspects of her plot. The truth is that there are only so many plots out there and they’ve all… Read More »

Sounding Boards

Last night, my son and I talked for five hours straight, discussing our various projects. Essentially, we were bouncing ideas off of one another. He’s a game developer currently working on a MOBA (multi-player online battle arena). I suggested a few different ways he could branch out and gave him feedback on a UI (user… Read More »