Writing and Self Publishing a book isn’t hard. In fact, it’s too easy, and that’s what trips most people up. Write some words, format it correctly, throw it on KDP, and you have a published book. The hard part’s doing it right. Quick Links Planning/Outlining Writing Editing Publishing Books Tools Recommended Blogs Recommended Podcasts In…Continue reading How to Write & Self Publish a Book — The Ultimate Guide
A novel is only as good as it’s title. So research, brainstorm, and select your next novel title with confidence.
Lately, I’ve been listening to The Creative Thinkers Toolkit by Prof Gerard Puccio. It’s a great course which is making me think about creativity in new ways. One point I found particularly interesting was shared during the lecture Combining Opposites—Diverge, Then Converge. Puccio calls out two different mindsets that lead to heightened creative thinking: divergent and convergent thinking. Here are the…Continue reading Think creatively — Quantity leads to Quality
How to find beta readers and run the perfect beta read Running a beta read can be daunting, especially if you’re popping your beta reading cherry. If you’re just learning what a beta read is, want to improve your outcomes, or need an easy to follow a process, this post is for you. I recently…Continue reading A complete guide to beta reading
I’ve been talking about making this series for about two months now, and I finally got around to making the first episode. Welcoming to Behind The Novel, the series where I’ll share my novel writing process every step of the way. Originally I was going to just jump into showing you the writing process, but after…Continue reading Why Scivener is the Best Novel Writing Software » Behind the Novel Ep. 1
You’ve come up with the perfect idea for a novel. Now it’s time to sit down and write. You open your word processor, type in your working title and name (can’t start without that), go to page one and…. freeze. What now? Do I just write? Where do I start? How do I know where…Continue reading My novel writing process: EXPOSED!
What makes a novel great? I’ve been sucking on this questions like a breath mint for months. What makes a novel great? I don’t mean good, entertaining, or popular. Those are all worthwhile things. But I’m seeking greatness. I’m seeking works of fiction that will stick with me long after I put them down. Books…Continue reading How R.L. Stine & Chuck Palahniuk Taught me Greatness is All About Timing
While writing Grim Curio is still in full swing (but nearing its end), I’ve been thinking about future projects a lot lately. I have two other novels in the works, The Gin Thief episodes and an untitled novel I’m co-writing with my wife, Tana. She’s not much into social networking or blogging, but she’s a voracious reader…Continue reading Planning a Novel: The Spark of an Idea
Think about 20 different ideas Narrow it down to one. Think some more. Outline maybe… Or just start writing. “We’ll, that idea sucks. Time to rewrite.” Expand on everything! Oops. Expanded too much. Cut it down. Write! Write! Write! Almost done, don’t get burned out. The last chapter isn’t working. What did I do wrong?…Continue reading Writers Life
Recently I took the plunge into playing Dungeons and Dragons for the first time since high school. What’s more, I decided to DM. DM, short for Dungeon Master, is the player who creates and dictates the Dungeons & Dragons (DnD) game to the other players, known as PC’s (or Player Characters). It takes a lot…Continue reading How to Become the DM – Everything You Need to Get Started