Hook your Readers

Five to ten pages, that’s it. If you don’t hook them into your story within that time, most readers will put the book down. In order to hook a reader, you have to grip them emotionally with action and a specific character. Throw them into the middle of some action. It doesn’t have to beContinue reading “Hook your Readers”

When is your WIP ready for publishing?

Let’s admit it, you could change your work in progress (WIP) endlessly. Sentences can be rewritten in a bunch of different ways. You can spend days choosing the perfect word to describe one moment. Paragraphs and scenes can be reordered, added, deleted, and amped up on crack. So how do you know when your bookContinue reading “When is your WIP ready for publishing?”

Relentless Call to Love

Hope nestles warm against frigid stone. Joy and happiness found in the solitariness of a dark life. Like a silver blade slipped between ribs, the soul seeks a twin harmony. Its incessant song grates against reason and objectivity. No amount of desolation or isolation can silence its call.  

Dangerous Deadly love

Honor and virtue blind you to the wickedness that fuels my soul. My demon is nourished by the anguish and misery I visit upon myself. But your smile unravels the walls built to protect the world around us. An aching desolation inspires my self-destruction. My skin crawls with the devastation it longs to reap. SearingContinue reading “Dangerous Deadly love”

Tri-Writing

A triathlon is composed of three parts: the swim, the bike, and the run. As a triathlete, you have to train in all three of these areas to prepare for the goal, a specific race. Most people have their strong areas and their weaker ones. Writing can be broken down into three parts as well:Continue reading “Tri-Writing”

Three keys to keep the creative flowing

There are three keys to keep the creativity flowing, the boys in the basement active, and the muse at the quill. First is to read, read, and read. Second is to learn as much as you can. Third is to write even when it sucks. Reading in the genre that you write in is important.Continue reading “Three keys to keep the creative flowing”

Two weeks as a writer

“How did you find being a full time writer?” Jeff asked. “I enjoyed it, but the one thing I would do differently is get out a little more with friends here and there.” “Does that help with creativity?” he asked. “Sanity.” I smiled. “I only had two weeks so I felt a bit of pressureContinue reading “Two weeks as a writer”

I need a freaking doggie door!

My writing tip of the day: If you are a writer with dogs, get a doggie door. Meet the slave drivers, Annabelle (black)  and Ignacious (brown). Adorable aren’t they? Yes well they are the first three times I get up to let them out the door, but after the fiftieth time, they are no longerContinue reading “I need a freaking doggie door!”

Are all stories horror stories?

The themes of our stories tackle tough issues. More often than not, they deal with conquering fears: Fear of the unknown, fear of others, and fear of ourselves.  The novel may be packaged as a romance, mystery, fantasy, or adventure story, but at its very core it’s about facing the things that make us tremble,Continue reading “Are all stories horror stories?”

Text to Speech

A useful strategy for editing your manuscript is to read it out loud. By doing so, you focus on each word more and can catch mistakes in your writing whether it is a missing comma, a misspelled word, or an auto-correct that is not correct. Another tool that writers can use is text to voiceContinue reading “Text to Speech”