Category: Opinion

A Worthy Kickstarter

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/firesidemag/fireside-magazine-issue-three I backed this and I hope this post helps it make its goal. I support all forms of fiction, not just the genres that I write. Related articles A Worth Kickstarter Money Troubles: What Happens When Kickstarters Fail? Donate to Joe Meek documentary, perk items include Joe Meek compressors!

Going to a GoGo…

Indiegogo, that is. I’ve talked about my plans for Kindle (then later Createspace) publishing in 2013. I’ve researched crowd funding options, and made a very easy to make choice. Kickstarter has been a big deal of late. I’ve backed several projects on this service. I can’t put a project on it however for a very […]

Story vs. Dramatica

I read about Story this morning. It’s by Robert McKee, the author of Chinatown, long considered one of the best screenplays and movies of all time. So, I looked it up on Amazon.   What was also mentioned was Dramatica, also a book about writing stories, but one with a different approach to them. I […]

Worlds of Wonder

David Gerrold is a legendary author of Science Fiction. He created the Kzinti and the Cthor races. The Kzinti were used in the Star Trek animated series. His contribution to Trek is significant: he wrote theĀ Trouble With Tribbles episode that has achieved cult status with fans of the franchise and even spawned a return on […]

Plot vs Character Musings

I asked that question on my Facebook fan page several mkonths ago. Both are elements required for good fiction; I was just curious which one other writers preferred. On closer study – this will come as no surprise to people who know me – plot is the more essential of the two. Characters are definitely […]

Very Different

I’m reading a book about formatting material for the EPUB format on my Kobo at the moment (unlike the proprietary .mobi format used by the Amazon Kindle.epub is used for other devices). The style difference is large… for Kindle all text is formatted Justified; for epub it isn’t. In fact, the book that I’m reading […]

Better Novel Outliner?

Note that I’m not trying to start a war of words, just asking for opinions: 3 years ago I bought Liquid Story Binder. In October, I plan to get Scrivener for Windows. Both of them enable you to gather together all your character sketches, research and outline for a story in one place. Both offer […]

Chuck Wendig

Currently I’m readingĀ 500 Ways to Be a Better Writer. I plan to buy his books about being a Freelance Penmonkey once I make a good dent in my reading pile; having a Kindle app and access to many free books I got a lot! His writing style isn’t to everyone’s taste. He’s very caustic, swears […]

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