Writing the Paranormal Novel approachable, straightforward, and useful

Writers need to be readers as well. And, if we’re going to be readers, it’s natural for us to talk about what we read. This week we’re looking at Writing the Paranormal Novel by Steven Harper. Is it perfect for everyone? Probably not. Is it useful for people who want to learn about writing? I’mContinue reading “Writing the Paranormal Novel approachable, straightforward, and useful”

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”

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?”

Growing and adapting

It’s January 2022. It’s a new year and a new opportunity for improvement. Here are some things we’re doing to improve here on the blogs. Reorganizing Over the next few months, we’re reworking and reorganizing the pages on our websites and the way we organize posts in the blogs. These changes should help us focusContinue reading “Growing and adapting”

Nanowrimo 2021: I won! I “lost”! I learned… And what happens next?

NANOWRIMO 2021 is now in the history books, and as promised, I’m back on the blog. In this post I’ll tell you a bit about how it went and what’s yet to come. I won I did. I finished a nearly 60,000-word manuscript in less than a month. A story that’s been on my mindContinue reading “Nanowrimo 2021: I won! I “lost”! I learned… And what happens next?”

NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference

Well dear reader, it’s true I’m doing a National Novel Writers Month project again this year. It’s also true that I was at a writers’ conference last week. And, to be honest, the writers’ conference both hindered and helped me in my thinking about NANO this year… Things that get in the way… My wifeContinue reading “NANOWRIMO vs the writers’ conference”

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?”

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”