Wednesday on Writing: And What About Those Other Guys?

Ah, writers. We are a tortured lot, are we not? We love to twist our brains and emotions into knots of self-doubt and fear. Nowhere is this more obvious as when we are comparing ourselves to other writers. Most of what follows is aimed at independently published writers. Traditional has its bugs, too, but I … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: And What About Those Other Guys?

Wednesday on Writing: Worldbuilding- Plan It All or Let It Grow On Its Own

Worldbuilding is a big topic in science fiction and fantasy. Not that it isn't important in other genres, because of course it is, but in sf/f, it is one of the bigger components of many stories. After all, we are often conceiving either worlds that never existed or haven't yet come to be. We are … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Worldbuilding- Plan It All or Let It Grow On Its Own

Wednesday on Writing: So, What Am I Doing Lately?

I have been using these Wednesday posts to talk about some aspects of writing. Sometimes craft, sometimes publishing, sometimes other things. Always just my opinion and/or experience. I thought I would do something a little bit different today and give you a quick update on what has been on my writing schedule lately. Main Work in Progress: … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: So, What Am I Doing Lately?

Wednesday on Writing: Do I Really Need to Know Grammar and Spelling?

Here's another question that gets discussed in writing groups a lot. There are those who think that a writer doesn't need to know or care about grammar, spelling, punctuation, and other mechanics of writing. After all, isn't that what editors are for? Yes and no. From my point of view, mostly no. Yes, one of … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Do I Really Need to Know Grammar and Spelling?

Wednesday on Writing: Does My Review Really Matter?

Summer Sale!! During the month of July, all my books and stories will be on sale at Smashwords. Three, including the first two stories in my urban fantasy series, The Yo-Yo Files, are free. My short fantasy collection is half off, as is my latest sci-fi novel, Two's Company. My first novel, Circle Unbroken, is at even more of a discount. Ebooks are … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Does My Review Really Matter?

Wednesday On Writing: Edit as You Go, or No?

Summer Sale!! During the month of July, all my books and stories will be on sale at Smashwords. Three, including the first two stories in my urban fantasy series, The Yo-Yo Files, are free. My short fantasy collection is half off, as is my latest sci-fi novel, Two's Company. My first novel, Circle Unbroken, is at even more of a discount. Ebooks are … Continue reading Wednesday On Writing: Edit as You Go, or No?

Wednesday on Writing: Stop Writing for Them

Summer Sale!! During the month of July, all my books and stories will be on sale at Smashwords. Three, including the first two stories in my urban fantasy series, The Yo-Yo Files, are free. My short fantasy collection is half off, as is my latest sci-fi novel, Two's Company. My first novel, Circle Unbroken, is at even more of a discount. Ebooks are … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Stop Writing for Them

Wednesday on Writing: Evolving Language

A debate often comes up in writing discussions about the way the American English language is changing, and is it a good or bad thing. A lot of people tend to get defensive about additions, deletions, and changes in usage that seem to keep coming up every year. New words are added to dictionaries, old … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Evolving Language

Wednesday on Writing: Something is Better than Nothing

Last week, I talked a bit about losing some momentum after a couple weeks of stress and illness. I compared it to a runner who has to build back up to full distance after an injury. That brought me to something we as writers hear a lot (or at least, I do) and that is: … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Something is Better than Nothing

Wednesday on Writing: Training- and Retraining- Your Writing Muscles

If you read Monday's post, you know that I have been kind of down and out as far as writing goes for the last two weeks. Either I had too little time or was too sick to worry about word counts. Naturally, I fell behind. I expected that. What I didn't expect was finding that … Continue reading Wednesday on Writing: Training- and Retraining- Your Writing Muscles