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Hey guys, I wanted to kick this whole thing off by welcoming you to the ranks. (Though I’m sure some of you …

July 23, 2017

Opinions.  Opinions.  More opinions float through a person’s mind in the course of a day than Aristotle has twelve-letter verbs, then Proust …

July 14, 2017

I am a binge writer. I always have been, and I probably always will be. What is a binge writer you ask? A binge …

July 3, 2017

I’ve been part of the publishing industry for many years, but today is a dream come true for me. It’s release …

November 4, 2016

The murmur of countless alien tongues subsided as the chairman of the interstellar council called for order. The delegates to Mecatol Rex …

October 11, 2016

As Tatooine’s twin suns slowly inch to the sand dunes in the horizon, a lone figure strains his eyes as he scans …

September 11, 2016

For most writers, our passion to write was birthed from a passion to read. We grew up immersed in books. Books that …

March 10, 2016
ThingsOfValue

When writing a speculative fiction novel, determine what the things of value are in your world. Water, food, shelter-building resources, fuel: these are …

February 7, 2016
Publishing Perspectives column

You’ve finally got your novel all polished up and ready to submit to a publisher. How is this done? These days, most …

November 22, 2015
Governance

The people in your world need governance. I’m sorry. I wish I could make it untrue, but a believable ruling system exists …

September 5, 2015

How many of you are reading this article under protest? “I don’t write romances,” you say. Well, you might need to stick …

August 28, 2015

What is it about a story that makes it compelling? Is it the characters? Is it the plot? Is it the element …

August 17, 2015

The editor had me rework my first novel, changing it from the omniscient point of view to third-person limited. I’m so glad …

August 6, 2015
Christian Fantasy

Last month we looked at writing fictitious, sentient creatures within our own universe. In summary, God has a plan for them, but …

August 4, 2015

We’ve all been there. Deadlines are looming for our blog or our novels. A tingling in the pit of your stomach borders …

July 22, 2015

When you write dialogue, think like a screenwriter. Every minute of screen time, every word counts. Don’t add fluff.  You don’t …

July 10, 2015

Atheists believe all creatures evolved over countless millennia of bloodshed, allowing only the fittest members of a species to breed. They therefore …

July 3, 2015

I’ve often pondered why I write, and what does it mean to be a writer. Sometimes I labor over my writing when …

June 25, 2015

You’re a lover of books and in you burns a desire which you cannot ignore. You want to write! At the same …

June 23, 2015

Everybody wants something. Why do YOU want to write, for example? Maybe you want to write a book for the story’s sake. …

June 12, 2015
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