For our nonfiction friends

I got my start in fiction. I love doing fiction. But today’s post is for those who focus on non-fiction. The writing conference/organization I work with (LDSPMA) is doing a seven (7) week nonfiction workshop. And, even as a fiction writer, this thing really catches my attention. What is it? The workshop is a seven-weekContinue reading “For our nonfiction friends”

The Great Gatsby

Previously, on Forever Mountain Publishing… I talked about reading Shadow of Ender and Enders Game as part of my ongoing study of character representation. I also said I’d read The Great Gatsby. Well, I did and I’m glad I did. There’s a lot you can learn from reading other people’s stuff. In the case ofContinue reading “The Great Gatsby”

Justifiably ragged…

Justified vs ragged right edge text As a writer, I do a lot of reading. As a reader, one of the first things I do is look at the text. Not read the text, look at it. How is it set up? What font and font size are used? How big are the paragraphs? AreContinue reading “Justifiably ragged…”

One step…

Often, the first (and one of the biggest) obstacles to getting things done is getting started… Once you’ve started, you’ve got traction. Once you’ve started, you’ve got an investment. (note: you may have invested money beforehand, but once you start, you’ve invested time and effort and for a lot of us, those seem to beContinue reading “One step…”

A writer’s conference?

Last fall I did something I’d been actively avoiding for a long time. I went to a writers’ conference. My arguments against it seemed valid, even felt valid. Why spend that much money? I can’t spend the time doing that. I have other things to do. I don’t want to travel. What can a bunchContinue reading “A writer’s conference?”

A light from the shadows

One of the new things we’re doing at FMP is talking about books we’re reading. No, we’re not just giving another book review. Book reviews will happen from time to time, but the why is more important than the what… Any reading I do needs to have a purpose. In this series, I’ll talk aboutContinue reading “A light from the shadows”

Building better…

Sorry folks, no politics here. Today we’re talking about some changes happening to the blog. New contributors I’ve been working this blog and Words Mean Stuff solo since the beginning. But, my point of view and skill set aren’t the only ones out there. It also takes a lot of work to do it allContinue reading “Building better…”

Punt or prosper?

This week on Forever Mountain Publishing, real adventures (and decisions) in writing! This week I’m sharing a bit about a project I’m working on, and why I’m making the decisions I am. The idea Some readers may know that I’m not just a writer. I also make stuff! A while back, I wrote some chainmailContinue reading “Punt or prosper?”

From the beginning, for a second time…

We’re not born knowing everything. We learn. And, after a while, we forget what it’s like to be a novice learner. We forget that first time experience. This is a problem for writers. As my theater major roommate used to say, “every time the story is told is the first time for someone.” That meansContinue reading “From the beginning, for a second time…”

Side stories and tangents

Yes, dear reader, I’ve been editing again. And editing has gotten me thinking. Sometimes a book has too many b, c, d, etc. stories. If you have too many side stories and tangents, it’s easy for a reader to get lost. But sometimes there are too few. Some stories are pretty relentless in following aContinue reading “Side stories and tangents”