Choosing Directions

Posted On Aug 27 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and JLSeagull   The Genre Juggle When you get to a fork in the road, take it. That about sums up my decision making process lately. Most authors do a lot of genre hopping with their first books, usually the unpublished ones. That’s fine. We’re learning how to write with those first five or six novels. A little game of musical genres is good for skill building. But then we get to this place where we’re ready to put our books on the market. My first, Camp Dogs, will hit Amazon in November, God …


What Makes #AngelWarz Different

Posted On Aug 25 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Comons and Bram & Vera It’s funny how ideas evolve. Gina (aka. Super G) floated the idea of co-authoring a novel sometime last year. I was hesitant, of course, because I’d yet to release a Ron-authored novel. Gina has two books under her career-belt now, so she’s more willing to try something new. Earlier this year, I became fascinated with the whole idea of serial novels. But again, I felt the need to release at least one standard novel before experimenting. Then, a few months ago, I discovered something that is more properly labeled the …


Ignore This Advice

Posted On Aug 17 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and Nadine Aurora I try not to give advice about the actual practice of writing. I guess, to me, it’s a bit like explaining how to be a good Christian. I’ve got a long way to go myself, so who am I to teach? However, I’m going to break that rule for a bit of writing advice: take all writing advance with a Pope-sized grain of salt. By the time you’ve been doing this a few years, you’ll hear advice from every great writer who ever grace a keyboard. Even the ones that tell …


Another Writing Project?

Posted On Aug 13 2014 by

Photo courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and bluestar_tam   Those of you following me know the deal: I write in two month intervals. From July 1st through August 31st, I will have plotted Scorpion Summer, written the first draft for Now I Knew You, and edited Camp Dogs. On September 1st, everything gets shifted into the next stage of development and a new novel drops into the plot phase. Which means I’m juggling three books at once. Actually, that’s not uncommon. Few authors completely finish one project before starting the next. And most will be deciding their next book and beginning …


Turning Pro

Posted On Aug 11 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Commons and barlufus Are you a professional writer? There comes a time when a writer must make The Decision. Am I a hobbyist or a professional author? It’s not a decision to be made lightly, or during the excitement and energy generated from a writer’s conferenece. That’s a high, people, not the Holy Spirit giving you clear direction. And here’s another shocker: going pro has nothing to do with how many books you’ve published or sold. In fact, there are thousands upon thousands of published authors who have not gone pro. Sure, they get their …


Time to Write

Posted On Aug 4 2014 by

Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and David Turnbull (a writer) When I was 13, I wanted to be a writer. I was the kid who wrote the short story about a werewolf for extra credit in English. I still got a C- for the semester, but the teacher liked my story and read it to the class. Life happened. When I was 30, I tried to be a writer. I wrote a cool novel about a guy who can release people to pursue their dreams just by looking into their eyes. There was a serial killer involved. Life happened. When …