21 Things Writing Taught Me

1. Around one-quarter of the way into any new venture, something really bad will happen. 2. Just about one-quarter of the way from the ending, things will come to a climax; sometimes things get quite bloody during this time. 3. The hero sometimes loses. 4. “Good” and “evil” isn’t always black and white. Understanding the…

NaNoWriMo Vs. The 800-Pound Gorilla

What gives me hope as a writer is the same thing that saddens me. Every so often, especially around Nanowrimo time, I write or blog that the really hard work comes after you’ve finished the book. I also suggest that writers swim against the tide of people who say “just finish” by adding crap to…

Interview with Mark David Gerson

Today’s Fiction Friday interview is with author, screenwriter, and lecturer Mark David Gerson. Welcome, Mark David! This Blog Blank: It’s hard to pigeon-hole you with just one label. You’re author, motivational speaker, screenwriter, mentor, photographer. … How do you see yourself? Is one of these titles more “you” than another? Mark David Gerson: I’m so…

#WriterWednesday Interview with Maggie Secara

AUTHOR INTERVIEW – Maggie Secara Today’s #WriterWednesday interview is with author Maggie Secara. Welcome, Maggie. This Blog Blank: So, we may as well get the good stuff out first. Can you tell us about your latest work? Maggie Secara: Oh gosh, well, Molly September (Popinjay Press, June 2011) is the first novel I ever finished….

Author Interviews – Update

Just a quick post to update everyone on my upcoming Blog interviews. The schedule for publishing is below. ¡Muchas gracias! October 26, 2011 – Maggie Secara October 28, 2011 – Mark David Gerson November 2, 2011 – Jen Estes To be scheduled – Heidi C. Vlach, Kaylie Austen, Jason Beineke Working on putting together a…

The Truth About Dragons

I have generally found it a bit silly that there are established rules as to what a mythical creature is, and is not. Therefore, when I decided to write a series of books in which appear dragons (and other such creatures) I gave myself permission to inject my own logic on their “evolution.” As such,…

Interview with Matthew Plourde

Today’s #FictionFriday interview is with Matthew C. Plourde, author of The Antaran Legacy and Eden. Welcome, Matthew! This Blog Blank: So, we may as well get the good stuff out first. Can you tell us about your latest work? Matthew Plourde: Dessert first – you & I, sir, will get along quite nicely! My latest…

Upcoming Author Interviews

Just a quick post to update everyone on my upcoming Blog interviews. The schedule for publishing is below. Cheers October 21, 2011 – Matthew Plourde October 26, 2011 – Maggie Secara October 28, 2011 – Mark David Gerson That’s all I have scheduled so far. (I expect November to be quite busy for other reasons.)…

Writers on Writing

I don’t know if I like writing. I suppose I do, in the same way that I like exhaling. It is less than I enjoy writing than I fear the inevitable result if I should stop. I take solace in knowing I am not the only one. When it is easy, it is never me,…

An Interview with Steven Novak

Steven Novak’s friends tease him as being the busiest man alive. He’s an independent publisher, novelist, and artist. He’s also a driving force behind the Indie writers’ group Literary Underground. More than that, he’s a real pro, very funny, and a pretty cool guy. Welcome, Steven. (Oh, and don’t call him “Steve,” unless you want…

On Not Being Vincent Van Gogh

Even as a kid of twenty, before I was particularly good at anything, I always saw my limited artistic abilities in the context of a Van Gogh. I could do cartooning, photography, and had begun to write. I wasn’t great at any, mainly because I refused to ever take a single course in learning how…