Tuesday Tips – Keep Those Records

If you write a series, there are any number of continuity problems that may arise. The problem is, you may not start out trying to write anything more than a stand-alone novel. What do you do when you write a sequel several years after that stand-alone is released?

Almost any … Continue reading

Tuesday Tips – Writing Linear or Non-Linear

For a beginner working on a novel, the question of whether or not to write from page 1 to the end seems like a technicality. The answer to that question can often mean the difference between finishing the project and leaving yet another partial sitting on the hard drive.

Many … Continue reading

Tuesday Tips – In the Grind

One of the reason there are far more people who want to write a book than there are those who actually do it is that it’s hard. People who have not written a book don’t realize how hard it truly is to finish.

That’s the kick. There are a lot … Continue reading

Tuesday Tips – Repetitive Tics

Every writer has their own peculiar set of words that tend to be repeated too often. I tend to use ‘then’ a lot. I also have a few ways of wording things that are not efficient, nor particularly smooth reading.

In the initial draft, I just let it go. The … Continue reading

Tuesday Tips – Get ‘er Done!

One of the most important things I ever did as a writer was finish my first novel. If you are a novelist, you know what I mean. If you have tried and aborted a novel at least once, you know what I mean.

Finishing your first novel is at the … Continue reading

Taos and the Artist I Met

I had meant to post this yesterday, but the virus my desktop computer caught did derail that plan. Fortunately, I have a laptop computer to use, even if it is old and decrepit and slow.

Right after we left the Rio Grande gorge, we went into Taos to walk around … Continue reading

Write Every Day. Or Not.

One of the mantras you are taught early in your writing career is that you must write every day. While this has some merits, it isn’t really talking about writing every day, it’s talking about having the discipline to write when you don’t want to write.

Let’s face it, life … Continue reading

Tor/Forge Lose DRM

Much has already been said about this topic by others, including John Scalzi, Tobias Buckell, and Harry Connolly.

Being a fully independent author, I’m not really impacted directly by this. That said, this is a good decision for this publishing house. DRM doesn’t deter piracy, but … Continue reading

5th Anniversary of International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day

Five years ago today, there existed a controversy about posting professional quality writing for free on the internet. The writers who posted items for free (including myself) adopted the slam “Pixel-Stained Technopeasant” as their own, and declared the day International Pixel-Stained Technopeasant Day. These folks all posted something new online … Continue reading

How I Wrote a Novel in Seven Weeks

Once in a while, it’s necessary to reflect upon the road already gone by in any journey. Today, I’m thinking about the journey of becoming a writer, and more specifically, a novelist.

Looking Back

I started writing novels in junior high, and continued into high school. It fell away for … Continue reading