Category: Writing Craft

Mapping my Mind

Right now I’m reading a book on how to use a mind-map as an author. Using it can help you to formulate the outline for a writing project, maybe help you to flesh one out more. Two free ones for you: Xmind – the better one, also used by many information product sales people. 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 […]

I’m giving a friend and fellow writer some hype here:

Sunday, March 17, 2013 3:00pm Come out to celebrate the launch of Judge Not. Food will be provided, and the first 20 people through the door will get a special gift. And while you’re there, try one of Mariposa Cafe’s fine selection of hot and cold beverages. Copies of Judge Not will be available for […]

Memoir

One of the types of book type on the Kindle platform that I’ve read about writing is the memoir. A memoir is in essence an autobiography, but of a subset of events. Isaac Asimov wrote 3 books about his life and all three volumes were immense.  Memoirs aren’t. As well as giving more books and […]

One that I Almost Forgot:

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, […]

RPG Writing Links to Other Forms

In a recent Kickstarter project e-mail update a man named Stan! Brown was just announced as writing a sourcebook. His biography blurb states: “Stan! is the award-winning author of 2 novels, 15 short stories, more than 60 gaming products, and innumerable cartoons and comics.” This isn’t a surprise to me: Mike Pondsmith: I first read his […]

I’m OK With It

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 […]

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 […]

John Locke’s Fraud

As I was starting to write for the Kindle I often heard author John Locke cited for selling a million books. He did, but what I’ve now learned puts the quality of his books in question: He paid people – people who never even read his books – to write fake reviews, reviews that spoke […]

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 […]

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