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Piece by Piece, Line by Line

One of the biggest issues I have when I write is getting anything finished. Not because I don’t have the ideas, or the ability to follow through, but because I need to see my successes. Otherwise I don’t know that … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… types of columns I wrote in 2017

Instead of doing a boring “six of the best columns I wrote in 2017”, I decided to present my yearly best-of in a slightly different fashion.

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SIX OF THE BEST… rules for naming your characters

With NaNoWriMo coming up, I wanted to do a column about character naming. Because nobody needs to read a book with someone named Ebony Dark’ness Dementia Raven Way.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things I found while packing for my upcoming move

Y’know those boxes you always think you’ll get around to unpacking, but never do? It’s amazing the things you find in them.

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SIX OF THE BEST… abandoned column ideas

Every writer puts their half-written things on a shelf, ostensibly to be worked on later but really just abandoned. Here are some of mine.

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SIX OF THE BEST… lessons learned from Super Mario Run

I’ve been playing a lot of Super Mario Run lately. The game has a surprising amount of life lessons in it.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things about writing by hand

I wrote 20,000 words of fiction in the last two weeks. My secret? I’m doing it by hand.

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SIX OF THE BEST… columns I wrote in 2016

Let me tell you about the columns I wrote in 2016. They were great columns. The columns had great topics, and they were really great. They’re going to do great things in the future.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things newer writers should avoid doing

This really should be a “worst”, not “best”, but I can only work with what I have. Anyway, don’t do this.

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SIX OF THE WORST… things about social media (for writers)

I hate marketing myself. SIX OF THE WORST… things about social media (for writers)

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SIX OF THE BEST… reasons to outline your novel

Chris is very matter-of-fact about it — she has to do what she has to do, and if things do get changed back, he’ll never know. In the meantime, he wants to have as much time with her as he … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… reasons not to write what you know

People write what they want to be true, because that’s what they know: they’re stuck in boring or dysfunctional lives and they want out. From SIX OF THE BEST… reasons not to write what you know.

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SIX OF THE BEST… things that seemed like a good idea at the time

SIX OF THE BEST… things that seemed like a good idea at the time

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SIX OF THE BEST… things no one tells you about self-publishing

I’m publishing a book on Amazon on Monday, which led me to write this column. SIX OF THE BEST… things no one tells you about self-publishing

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SIX OF THE WORST… things about submitting your work

Just writing your NaNo novel isn’t enough; it has to be revised, beta-read, formatted, and submitted, or else you’ll never get it published. Even self-publishing takes a lot of work. So what do you do when your story is done? … Continue reading

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“Amid The Steep Sky’s Commotion”

Way back in 2010, Khimairal Ink published “Amid the Steep Sky’s Commotion: a Tale of the Airship Ozymandias”. The story has been given new life by Marshal Latham and the Journey Into podcast, where it’s been performed by a full … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… revision tips

I’ve been part of writing groups for a few years now, and one thing I’ve learned is that they’re invaluable in getting people to critically read your work with the goal of you revising it to become the best writing … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… sex writing tips

As someone who’s had three erotica novels published (under a pseudonym), I think I know a little something about writing sex… but these six tips will be less about the mechanics and more about the philosophy, because that, I think, … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE BEST… writing tips that I could come up with

Look, most of us nerds do want to be writers of some sort — whether it’s music, games, books, or movies, we all think we have these great ideas that would make us zillions of dollars and earn us oodles … Continue reading

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SIX OF THE WORST… ways you can ruin an otherwise-good idea for a genre fiction story

It’s NaNoWriMo time, when thousands of people try to bang out a 50,000-word novel in 30 days and then start submitting it to publishers without any editing or peer-critiquing, and then getting butthurt on the internet when their stories don’t … Continue reading

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