Definition of Dramedy, part one

My short story and novel – and the series that they’re a part of – supernatural dramedy, is fairly new to fiction (although technically Janet Evanovich does it in all but name), but it has a long history on television. The word ‘dramedy’is a combination of ‘drama’ and ‘comedy’. As a genre, it combines them…Continue Reading “Definition of Dramedy, part one”

Writing Mood: My Way to Get Into it

Not everyone does this, so I’m not making this concrete advice — but you may find it helpful to put you in the writing mood… To get into the mindset for writing fiction, this may seem redundant but try freewriting. Here’s the Wikipedia entry on what it is. Doing it is not hard: Freewriting (Mood) How-to…Continue Reading “Writing Mood: My Way to Get Into it”

Robert Heinlein, SF YA Precursor

When I researched this on Wikipedia I found that I’m not the only person to make that link.  Robert A. Heinlein was   one of the three people seen as pillars of the Golden Age of science fiction (that’s another post). He wrote many books and short stories, but a period of his novels are considered…Continue Reading “Robert Heinlein, SF YA Precursor”

Preparing for NaNoWriMo

 (I began this post before this event; I’ll state what I didn’t do.) … or Camp NaNoWriMo, which I’m doing right now… which is why I haven’t updated this site in a week. Here are some tips to achieve your word goal in the month (50, 000 for NaNo, variable for Camp – I’m writing…Continue Reading “Preparing for NaNoWriMo”

Pat Flewelling, on alternative plotting

It’s quid pro quo time.. over a year ago I posted on Pat’s blog (here‘s a link to the blog), now she’s returning the favor. With me writing for Camp NaNoWriMo right now, this is an appropriate post. I’m not as prolific, but few people are! At last count, I’ve written 59 novel-length manuscripts since…Continue Reading “Pat Flewelling, on alternative plotting”

Pantsers vs. Plotters

With me starting at Camp NaNoWriMo on July 1st I thought that I should explain the difference between these two story methods, and what I do or don’t. “Pantsers” This is an expression, short for “writing by the seat of your pants”. A writer goes into a project with nothing planned and just writes what…Continue Reading “Pantsers vs. Plotters”

Wil Wheaton and Not Writing for Free

I won’t commit idea theft myself, so Wil Wheaton‘s original post is here. Here’s an opinion on Slate. I agree with both views. I offer what I write free on this blog; what I’m writing for Exploits of a Midnight Traveler is also free — but no one is being paid for it. In the case…Continue Reading “Wil Wheaton and Not Writing for Free”

Why I’m an indie author

If I was under a contract to a big company, I could only write the books that  I was under contract for. I could write other things, but I’d likely have to sit on them for a different deal,  or have to publish them under another publisher, under a pseudonym. As an indy, I can publish…Continue Reading “Why I’m an indie author”

Space Opera — What is It?

This is a genre that’s existed for decades, but it’s often misunderstood. It was considered as Science Fiction in the 1950s, the Golden Age of Science Fiction, but it’s really a form of Science Fantasy. There are many worlds of aliens, in fact hundreds, which gave it the veneer of science fiction. How it no…Continue Reading “Space Opera — What is It?”

8 Important Steps I Follow to Write a Book a Year

I haven’t yet succeeded in doing this, but it’s worth my consideration. This is my first Guest Post as well, and it needed some editing: I have few business ventures that are as rewarding as writing a book. Please don’t interpret that in financial terms; most any business author will tell you that getting rich…Continue Reading “8 Important Steps I Follow to Write a Book a Year”