Continuing with the theme of last week’s post, I have been embracing my inopportune inspiration and playing with some old ideas. One idea in particular that I felt had a lot of promise was a story titled “Autumn Leaves”. Below is an excerpt, taken from my 140 character-limited practice sessions from several years ago. I… Continue reading
When I work on a project, my preference is to stay locked onto it until it’s done. It’s when I’m already working on a project however, that I tend to have my best moments of inspiration. Unfortunately, they are rarely related to the what I’m working on. With a minimum of two more books left… Continue reading
To celebrate the great progress I have been making, I would like to offer a sneak preview of the upcoming Gemsong Saga Volume 2: A Man Named Zephyr. The second volume of the series introduces the major players within the Lutian Nobility, and several new factions. Expect a release before the end of the year.
Of all the things that make a person unique, their personal memories are among the most important. Memories change the way a person sees and experiences the world. Memories can influence a person’s beliefs, and also the choices they make. Adding those personal memories to your stories then, can flavor them in a way that… Continue reading
The details in your book help to pull the reader into your world and make it more authentic and believable. Inundate the reader with too many details though, and they can quickly stop caring. With space and reader attention span at a premium, the quality and impact of the details you choose becomes vitally important.
Space has always been the bane of my writing. With novels, it’s a struggle to fill a chapter with enough pages. Everywhere else, it’s a challenge to keep things concise. While I’m still trying to nail down the former, the latter has been helped by using Twitter’s 140 character limit to help guide me to… Continue reading
With the summer quickly approaching its hottest weeks, staying inside with the AC is only becoming more enticing. If you’re already gonna be inside then, why not catch up with a new book, in addition to keeping cool? Better yet, why not make that new book A Boy Named Zephyr, courtesy of a Goodreads giveaway?… Continue reading
Last week, I talked about the futility of pursuing perfect writing. In that case, the difficult part was knowing when to stop. This week, I’d like to talk about the benefits of editing your book and what your work can tell you about itself. Like any advice however, even the best can prove useless if… Continue reading
Pursuing perfect writing is something I am especially guilty of. Though I may be a repeat offender, I can’t remember ever actually obtaining that perfection. That might be however, because perfect writing isn’t actually a thing.
If I’m at my computer, music of some type is usually playing. Given that most of my work after the first draft is done at the same computer, the effect music can have on it is a large concern. Is music’s effect on writing positive or negative? The answer in my experience, depends on a… Continue reading
To help celebrate the June 10th Goodreads Giveaway, I’m adding 50% off Coupons, good for both the paperback, and ebook versions of Gemsong Saga: A Boy Named Zephyr. These coupons are good until June 17th, but only through smashwords, and the createspace E-store. For those who would like to purchase the paperback copy of A… Continue reading
The right tools for writing vary from writer to writer. What works best is determined more by preference than any hard and fast rule or price tag. More than anything, they should make you want to write, and should be invisible as you do so. Any focus directed at your tools is focus not directed… Continue reading