So, one of my least favorite authors is Chuck Wendig. Mostly because how he writes is a slow string of wording that dribbles on for too long and makes for a frustrating read. Let me offer up an example of what I'm talking about from the novel Star Wars: Aftermath. I will write the first … Continue reading That’s What He Said…
This is such an interesting question. I've seen many people ask it of established authors. It seems like a question that potential writers ask to make sure they're not losing their minds because this bug to write has bitten them hard. And it isn't a bad question. However, I think it's potentially loaded. Mostly because … Continue reading When Did You Know You Wanted To Write?
I've been working on my book, Red Star Sheriff, for the last year and a half and I'm pleased to say, proud even, that my third draft is going along smoothly. I've been tightening up plot elements and reveling in how much more life my characters are taking on. The story is becoming stronger and … Continue reading The State Of My Latest Draft
Over the last half a year I've been reading a lot of other writer's works. I have a method I like to employ when critiquing a work of literature (I wrote about that last month and what it means to be a critiquer, which you can check out here: https://cosmicfantasies.com/2019/02/14/advice-for-those-critters-out-there-who-want-to-give-better-critiques/). What I focus on is … Continue reading Beta Reading For Someone Can Be A Challenge
Always wondered what the proper word count on your writing per day should be? Man, do I have some thoughts for you!
It's been just over a year since I started my new book Red Star Sheriff. By no means was it my first, of course. I've written several books. There was: Left Of Midnight, Mass Effect 3 ReImagined, and several failed projects that I have yet to finish; Cosmic Soup 4 The Superheroic Soul and Destiny: … Continue reading One Year Ago-I Started My New Book
Up until yesterday, I was a member of Scribophile, an online writing site where you post your work up on your own page to gain feedback from other readers. I must say, I wasn't too hopeful about the site when I started. Mostly because I was once a member of Fanstory.com and several Facebook Writers … Continue reading My Experiences With Online Writers Groups
Okay, here we go! I've been a member of Scribophile since 2006. So, a warning, I have a potty mouth, nanner, nanner, nanner. Therefore, if you are easily offended by colorful metaphors of a profane variety, close your eyes. You listen to that warning and suggestion? I hope so. You know why. Because I prefaced … Continue reading Advice For Those Critters Out There Who Want to Give Better Critiques
I've been looking around the web, trying to find a site that maybe I can get some feedback through. I came back to that ole Scribophile site. I was there for a bit. But, like Fanstory, they suffer from a similar experience: people who are only concerned with HOW you can sell a story. And … Continue reading Why Writing Your ‘Perfect’ Novel Is Hard
So I'm rewriting chapter one of my novel, Red Star Sheriff, and I'm curious, which opener do you think works better? The original? Or the rework? I'm trying to be more descriptive but I'm curious if a shorter, more into it sequence is preferable versus the more visually descriptive work. If you have an opinion, … Continue reading NOVEL INTRO REVISITED: WHICH WORKS BETTER AND WHY?