In order to give you a taste for me to get my novel done, here’s a taste: Tommy brought Alex into his office. No one would suspect something unusual about Rigger going to talk to his partner Shivver. “You’ll have to be my wingman now,” Tommy said. Alex frowned. “You’ve been gone for a while,…Continue Reading “An Excerpt”

Writing a Series (How to Sustain It)

I intend to keep Rigger, Mortiz and Shivver going as a series as I’ve said before. How I plan to do so in part has to do with the “worlds” of the characters. They each bring a different dimension to stories, and as a result different approaches to the stories and avenues to explore: Rigger…Continue Reading “Writing a Series (How to Sustain It)”

Trouble Separating Myself

I’ve spoken on here before about my long delayed story. I won’t try to work on it  until my novel is done…. but since I’m still having trouble with it, I think that I know why: The story is set during the Civil War in the USA. The major villain is a racist from the…Continue Reading “Trouble Separating Myself”

Lucien Soulban: I used to game with him, before 1996. He began writing for RPGs and still does. He won several awards for it. He’s also written several novels, short stories for anthologies and has a Webcomic that he writes too. He also headed the writing for the Far Cry 3 videogame. As you see,…Continue Reading “One that I Almost Forgot:”

I have been a fiction writer since the start of high school. Whenever we learned a new verb tense or series of words in English class and had a writing assignment to put what we learned into use I would put them into a story that I ultimately never completed. (Actually, friends remember me as…Continue Reading “I’m OK With It”

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…Continue Reading “Story vs. Dramatica”

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…Continue Reading “Plot vs Character Musings”

Writing Suspense

I’m reading a Kindle book about writing page-turner/suspense tales at the moment (I’m  not reading about genres at random… there’s a reason for it All will be explained soon, and it’ll make sense). I’ll definitely use what I’m learning!   Suspense can be in the mystery genre, though there are differences. This book describes those…Continue Reading “Writing Suspense”

This is a difficult choice:

http://ricktheraven.wordpress.com/category/white-zombie/ This anthology is looking for more stories (and the blog uses a similar theme too). I’d try my luck with it, because the only way to improve your writing voice is to use it. The problem: I don’t write horror at all, including zombie fiction. I don’t have the stomach for it. This isn’t…Continue Reading “This is a difficult choice:”

Publishing on Kindle non-fiction is the better seller. People want their problems answered. The difficulty for me is that I’m a fiction author. Fiction also sells, but not as much. I’ll strive for a happy medium: I’ll publish many non-fiction books in order to make more money… however I’ll still write and publish fiction to…Continue Reading “Fiction or Non?”