Welcome to the Silver State! A lot of my books are going to be set in Nevada, describing it in detail, loving all of its quirks (there are lots.) It’s a place full of contradictions, but empty of people. The terrain goes from high mountain dryness to arid, rocky sand. Although there is a lotContinue reading “Nevada: The Start”
A Field Guide For Observers
Don’t fight it. Embrace the slang.
Did you know there’s such a thing as “filter words” when writing? I did not, but now thanks to the Tunnel of Rejection that was 2017, I do. In the course of a) submitting my manuscripts to RWA contests for judging and b) having my bits chopped off by the Axe of Editing the awesomeContinue reading “No Filter”
Let’s start off the new year with some good, practical, social media stuff. Yay! You can refer back to my Instagram For Authors post if you want to refresh yourself on the basics. For now, I’m going to assume that you’ve at least clicked around on some social media and have seen hashtags, even if you don’tContinue reading “Instagram For Authors: Using Hashtags”
As in: flawed, yet awesome. No one wants to read boring perfection.
People forget sometimes that King was in fact a High School English teacher for several years while he wrote Rage, The Long Walk, and Carrie during his spare time. I think that teaching urge has never really left him, and On Writing is the result. You still have to go buy the book yourself if you want to know all theContinue reading “A (Short) Synopsis of “On Writing””
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Dialogue Tags vs. Action Beats: The Great Showdown
Otherwise known as A 19th Century Slang Dictionary