Who are you talking to?

One side effect of being called as Young Men’s President is that I get to spend a lot more time dealing with young adults. Which is kind of a good thing since I’m working on a young adult novel… it has also gotten me thinking about audience, audience expectations, and telling your audiences apart. WhenContinue reading “Who are you talking to?”

We interrupt your regularly scheduled…

We’ve all got skills and ideas. We all have stuff we can make and do. If we’re really smart we can turn those things into new (and sometimes awesome!) things. Somewhere along the line somebody realized you can use chainmail (you know, the stuff the knights wore) for scrubbing cast iron pans. Earlier this yearContinue reading “We interrupt your regularly scheduled…”

Reading and writing

Reading and writing are two different sides of an exchange of ideas. If you are going to do the writing side well, then you have to understand what the project looks like from the reading side including format, language use, punctuation, voice, etc. The way you learn about what things look like from the reading side is to read.

Lessons learned from editing and commentary

Yep, I’ve been quiet on the blog for a little longer that I intended, but things have been busy… In the last couple of weeks I’ve been working hard on helping a client get his doctoral dissertation into shape for his defense and for eventual publication. It’s been hard enough going that I even slowedContinue reading “Lessons learned from editing and commentary”

Keyboards and pruning shears

Some people might not see how yard work ties in with the writing process, but it does. It’s not just in some strange scene or subgenre, and it’s not because I’m more or less always thinking about writing. Step one planning and prep. Sometimes you get really really lucky and a plant or story growsContinue reading “Keyboards and pruning shears”

Be willing to be wrong

From the moment we are born (and some will argue even before that…) we are always learning, adjusting, and adapting…. Well, we are doing those things as long as we don’t mess it up for ourselves. How do we do that? We’re human, we tend to invent new ways as we go. But, there areContinue reading “Be willing to be wrong”

Piecing it together…

One of the projects that is almost out the door is an instruction set I’m working on for how to make a chainmail belt. I have also been talking to people who are working (or want to work) on putting out some sewing and knitting patterns. I can promise you that as much thought andContinue reading “Piecing it together…”

Doing and observing

Back when I was an undergrad we had a guest speaker in my novel writing class. One of the first things he did was ask us “what are you doing here?” His thought was that if we wanted to be writers we should be out living life. I’ve thought about that over the years, andContinue reading “Doing and observing”

Outlines: It is written! But not really…

Outlines are one of those tools that people like to push on writers, students, and others who work with ideas and symbols. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. There seems to be two main factors that will significantly predict the successful use of outlines: the project and the person or persons doing the writing.Continue reading “Outlines: It is written! But not really…”