Advanced Rules for Punctuation in Creative Writing

There are lots of punctuation guides out there, but in creative writing there is more than just correct grammar at stake. Your tone as a writer, the voice you give your characters, the feel that readers get when they open your novel can be dramatically altered depending on how you use punctuation. I’m entering the … More Advanced Rules for Punctuation in Creative Writing

How to Write Award-Winning Literary Fiction (Parody)

As a literature and writing major in college, I sometimes found myself bombarded by the current craze of the critics, literary fiction. As I tell inquisitive friends and family, literary fiction tends to be all-character-no-plot fiction, based in the real world and harnessing the power of the ordinary to bring it up to the extraordinary. … More How to Write Award-Winning Literary Fiction (Parody)

How to Write Just Like Neil Gaiman (Parody)

“Neil Gaiman” is a name that is tossed around a lot in the writing community… and the sci-fi community… and the comics community… and probably several other communities as well. Though I only learned about him a few years ago with his first Dr. Who episode, he’s considered a massive cult writer and is becoming mainstream … More How to Write Just Like Neil Gaiman (Parody)

12 Writing Mistakes I Wish You’d Stop Making

Here’s my confession for the day: I have, on multiple occasions, publicly defaced restaurant menus and posters that have spelling or punctuation errors on them. Not typos, but errors that show a blatant misunderstanding and abuse of the English language. What’s worse is that I sometimes commit the same crimes myself. I’m neck deep in … More 12 Writing Mistakes I Wish You’d Stop Making

How to Write The Next Great YA Dystopian Novel

Trailing shortly behind supernatural romances, one of the top sub-genres today is the young adult dystopian novel. Forced factional occupations, forbidden teen romances and rebellion against a strict societal structure are all key elements in this craze, and in this week’s “How Not to Write” article, I’ll tell you everything you need to know to … More How to Write The Next Great YA Dystopian Novel

How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters)

Once upon a time I was reading through some fiction by well meaning (and sometimes very talented) indie authors. Among the pieces was a screenplay that the writer wanted desperately to sell and that he believed was brilliant. He didn’t know why it got flat rejections when he submitted it, but I could see the … More How to Format Your Novel for Submission (And Why It Matters)

How to Write Just Like George R. R. Martin (A Parody)

In this second part of my “How (Not) to Write” series, I’m going to look at one author in particular and tell you how you–yes, you!–can write a fantasy series just like George R. R. Martin. Well, actual results will vary. George R. R. Martin is a celebrity fantasy author for his famous “Song of … More How to Write Just Like George R. R. Martin (A Parody)

Kindle Unlimited: Blessing or Bane to Indie Authors?

A few months ago I published an e-book for the first time, my NaNo novel Mostly Human. I was using Kindle Direct Publishing, which I’m a big fan of as both a reader and a writer. During the publication process, I had the option to join Kindle Select, which would mean more publicity, higher ratings… and … More Kindle Unlimited: Blessing or Bane to Indie Authors?