Would be self-publishers, this blog is a must

I’ve spent far longer than I’d care to admit hopping around online looking for self publishing advice.  I’ve run across a number of great resources, but the blog of self publisher Chris McMullen is by far one of the best. He hosts it on WordPress and has posted a number of invaluable topics having to […]

The brutal reality of why we write

Perhaps brutal is overstating it? Those of you who have read this blog (the few of you so far, but there are a few more each day) have seen me writing about…well, writing.  I’ve been dreaming of being a published author for nearly my whole life, and just last week I achieved that dream. Well, […]

The first 24 hours…

I wrote a couple of days ago about the wonderful unknown that was swirling around with one day before my novel’s launch. So how does that jive with the opposite feeling? The “one day after”? Are they truly polar opposites? Does the day after have as much let down as the day before has anticipation? […]

Operation: Harvest begins now with The Fog of Dreams

I’ve been living with the ghost of William Strickland for nearly ten years, to the point where I felt like I had to release him to an unsuspecting world or he might haunt me forever. I am proud to announce that my first ever non-G.I. Joe fictional work, The Fog of Dreams is now available […]

How much writing is too much writing?

As the lead up continues to my novel’s publishing date on August 17th (pre-order The Fog of Dreams for Kindle now!) I’m continuing to blog regularly about whatever topics come to mind. To be fair, I’m at least trying to keep it about writing instead of say, action figure collecting or sports or something. I’ve […]

Is there true importance to writing what you know?

The age old adage says that authors should write what they know…if you’re trying to speak intelligently about a topic, it only makes sense to write about something you’re familiar with, right? I’d say that’s not always true, but it often is. For instance, in The Fog of Dreams (available via pre-order, to be released […]

Does the first person/third person shift help or hurt?

If you’d asked me this question six months ago, I would have said there’s no way to effectively write a novel that shifts perspective from first person to third person. It just doesn’t work. An author needs to pick a style and stick with it. Then I read The Martian by Andy Weir, and he […]

Is writing your dream book really worth it?

I think the moment I realized I really wanted to be an author came when I was about 75% of the way through writing my first novel, and suddenly was hit by the freight train of inspiration and began writing my second novel. Around the same time I put the final polish on my first, […]

Running and Writing – Creativity comes from strange places

So after spending yesterday telling you to “sit down and write” today I’m suggesting you “get up and think”. We’ve all run into writer’s block before…hell, my writer’s block lasted the better part of 40 years. I climbed out of that hole a couple of years ago and am on the verge of publishing my […]