Dystopian America

Posted On Nov 14 2013 by

My writing has made many course alterations, as is typical of most writers. We love to write, after all, and would happily write in any genre. I’ve even written an unpublished romantic suspense…and told by my female associates that I did quite well with those scenes, romantic fool that I am. Eventually, writers follow that path of their genre experiments to a point where they all merge. Not to say that anyone can write an all-genre book, but favorite elements of each come to play in the novel that will finally brand the author. When I look back at my …


The Rebel’s Cause

Posted On Nov 6 2013 by

I’ve gone through some philosophical changes over the last several years. I was once a staunch Republican, trusting that those with the (R) after their names would uphold the same values that I do. What I didn’t realize was that I was slowly shaping my values based on the party platform. I think it was the never-ending wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that finally sent me over the edge. I woke up one day and thought (thinking is key), but I don’t want my country forcing democracy on nations who don’t want it. That bit of revelation caused to me …


Are you an Author or a Writer?

Posted On Oct 31 2013 by

Sometime in the next 12 hours or so thousands of writers will scramble to their keyboards and begin hammering out some 1600 words per day to reach the coveted 50,000 words during NaNoWriMo. I’m going to ask you a simple question: are your an author or a writer? An Author is a title of professional status. You do this because you do it well and you want to do it even better. You are either being paid for your effort or honestly believe you will be soon. A writer…writes. Charlie Brown wrote to his pen pal monthly. He’s a writer. …


Getting Your Scenes in Order

Posted On Oct 30 2013 by

We’ve got one day until the kick-off on NaNoWriMo. You’ll know by now whether or not you’ll be ready to participate. You’ve created your characters and all their various goals. Created story beats to align with your Moral Premise–at least three for each goal. And, hopefully, you’ve got a stack of 3×5 cards–or an electronic equivalent–with each story beat coded and ready for arrangement. Like I said, this next step, the arranging of scenes, can easily take a month of fiddling. That’s why I say don’t be concerned if you’re not ready to write 50k words next month. You’re a …


Hitting Pause

Posted On Oct 19 2013 by

Okay, if you’ve been following along with NaNoPlotMo, you should be busily creating goals for each of your characters. If you’re using a spreadsheet, you’ve got a list of generic goals down the left side: Story Goal (catch the bad guy, get away from the cops, solve the murder, save the universe, survive first date, etc.) Career Romance Marriage Kids etc. Along the top of your spreadsheet, you’ll list all your major characters. That’s any character that shows up in at least three scenes. If you’ve got too many characters–say more than eight–then you can probably combine a couple. The …


Blog Spotlight – The Graveyard Shift

Posted On Oct 8 2013 by

If you use any kind of forensics and police procedure in your fiction, Lee Lofland’s The Graveyard Shift is a website you’ll want at the top of your bookmarks. Lee is the author of Police Procedure & Investigation, a Writer’s Digest “Howdunnit” book. A retired police officer, Lee knows more about police procedure than most of us will learn in a lifetime of writing. Among my favorite posts are Lee’s reviews of popular TV shows like Castle and Southland. The two shows stand at opposite extremes of proper police procedure, and Lee points out the faults as well as the …