Kickstarter Update: Guest Posts Galore!

This week has been crazy, y'all. We're almost halfway to the funding goal for Birthright's Kickstarter, and it hasn't even been a week. You folks amaze me. Really, you do. I'm humbled and awed you'd want to support a schmuck like me. Thanks for that. From the bottom of my heart. I've been a writing fiend [...]

From Pantser to Planner: The Evolution of A Writing Process

Tell me if this sounds familiar: You have never written a novel. You have started numerous projects, made some decent progress into them—around 10-15k words, maybe—but then…you fizzle out. Every time. Once you make it past the part of your story planned out in your head, beyond whatever nugget of narrative you were able to [...]

The One and Only Lesson Self-Published Authors Can Learn From M.R. Mathias

Not too long ago, self-published author M.R. Mathias went on quite a tirade at fantasy-faction.com about how his self-promotional forum post should not have been moved from the general books forum into the self-published/small press forum. You can read the whole thing from Fantasy Faction’s perspective here: “The Man Who Thought He Was King.” Now, [...]

Hey, Newbie! Stop Writing!

Hey, Newbie! That's right. You. Yeah, you. Stop writing. You heard me. Stop writing. Right now. Just stop. You done? Good, now we can move on. When I teach composition, I start out the semester by telling the students that I have one rule about writing. That it's a simple rule. I get in front [...]

Summer 2012 Goals

When my dad died on April 3, all the lofty goals I had set for myself and the coming summer went poof. I wasn't able to concentrate--still can't to the level that I was--and I just didn't have the drive to write. I still don't, to be honest, but I'm making myself. Baby steps and [...]