Ask Dan ANYTHING

your humble host Each week we’re taking five, maybe ten, of YOUR writerly questions and setting about answering them for you.  Ask Dan ANYTHING Skill level doesn’t matter. Newbie writer, veteran writer, you have questions. I’ll opine; maybe some others will chime in with their thoughts, and hopefully YOU will get several good solutions to chooseContinue reading “Ask Dan ANYTHING”

Don’t Give Up If You Think You’re Good

We recently had fun with “the More Cowbell sketch” from Saturday Night Live. According to Seth Meyers, who served as head writer for SNL for a while, the More Cowbell Sketch was submitted over seven times before making the show. The sketch is often considered one of the greatest SNL sketches ever made, and inContinue reading “Don’t Give Up If You Think You’re Good”

Your Executive Producer Moment

Yesterday we talked a little about adding layers to your story in the second draft. I thought of a better way to describe it. Let me know if this sounds familiar:   Where are the orphans! Or I Gotta have more cowbell! We as writers know what we want from a scene. The writer says:Continue reading “Your Executive Producer Moment”

Advance Review Readers Needed for The Box Under The Bed – this is your big chance!

The Box Under The Bed – a scary anthology with stories from over 20 authors. Order your copy today! Click HERE! The paperback version of The Box Under The Bed is available now, and quite a few people have lined up to preorder The Box Under The Bed in eBook format, but we need aContinue reading “Advance Review Readers Needed for The Box Under The Bed – this is your big chance!”

What To Do In A Second Draft To Create An Un-Put-Downable Book

  It’s a second draft. For me, that means it’s probably a second coat of paint – but in a different color. It’s time to find places to dive deep. Yes, that’s a mixed metaphor. So is a second draft.   I’m not talking about typos and commas. That’s different. I’m talking about finishing aContinue reading “What To Do In A Second Draft To Create An Un-Put-Downable Book”

Anthology Update: get Ready, HERE IT COMES!

Order your paperback copy today! Click HERE People have asked me if I’d do another anthology, after seeing how much work it is.   The answer is YES!   I don’t pretend it’s not work or that I like messing up and having 20 people call me on it, but like anything else, it’s aContinue reading “Anthology Update: get Ready, HERE IT COMES!”