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As I’ve mentioned a time or two before, I’m mostly a discovery writer, which means I don’t outline in a formal way. But I often do sort of a rolling outline a few chapters ahead of where I am. 227 more words


Tips: The Climax

The Climax, the end of the of the book.

Well, not exactly. It is the end of the main conflict and the peak point of tension. 410 more words

Craft Post

Cutting to the Chase

Writing a novel is a balancing act. You’ve got to balance exposition with action, description with dialogue, you’ve got to balance multiple character arcs and the needs of the external conflicts and the internal conflicts and lots of other stuff, too. 564 more words

Critiques, Theories, And Random Thoughts

How to Know If You're a Bad Writer

Earlier this year, I posted a discussion on what to do when you’re a bad writer with a good story. PopCultureGrinch read the piece and asked a follow up: how do you know when you’re a bad writer? 1,197 more words

Blog Posts

Breaking up The Middle

The Middle, the hardest part of the book to get just right. At least that is what many say.

Let’s face it, there are some people who just nail the middle. 740 more words

Craft Post


One of the writer’s Facebook groups I belong to, Clean Indie Fantasy, is doing #DragonWeek for next week, including a giveaway. (None of my books are in the giveaway, but that doesn’t mean I can’t promote it as soon as it goes live.) 151 more words


Moving Forward

I’ve finally gotten through that part of BECOME: TO CATCH THE LIGHTNING that I’d already done in first draft.

The last few chapters are still a bit rough–as rough drafts are apt to be–but I managed to confine myself to only making changes for consistency. 58 more words