What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?

I’m going to tell you this little story for several reasons. It’s a sad cry for help, yes, but in a good way. Also, I’m a pretty honest guy, depending on who you ask. When I’m clueless, which is rare but it happens, I’ll probably admit it. (Recently, we discussed building your author platform HERE,Continue reading “What Am I Supposed To Be Doing On Goodreads?”

BEST CHRISTMAS FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER

If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to where it says “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!”   It is Christmas time! And as most of you know, there are a lot of Christmas specials on TV. And most of them suck.   Honestly, A Mom For Christmas? Look, I liked Olivia Newton John asContinue reading “BEST CHRISTMAS FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE EVER”

Remember: The READER Doesn’t Know The Characters Are Okay!

At a few key places in The Water Castle, I really built up the tension – and it works. Nail biter stuff. The reader is tense, the character is tense… Hell, I was tense. (I discovered a little trick, that whatever I wanted the reader to feel, I had to make a character feel. We’reContinue reading “Remember: The READER Doesn’t Know The Characters Are Okay!”

Whaaat??? TWO Flash Fiction challenges in one week?

Sure, why not?   Let’s learn to write a blurb!   We all need to do it, and practice makes perfect! But. Let’s write one for a book or movie we all know, to learn the process. Because while we’re all slapping down words in volume to build a story, a blurb is baiting theContinue reading “Whaaat??? TWO Flash Fiction challenges in one week?”

Still Stuck? How To Unstick Your Unmotivated Writer’s Brain And WRITE

Sometimes a story gets stuck. That sucks, because we’re the ones who drove into the tree, but it happens. (This is not a post about that.)   When the story is fine but the writer is stuck, that’s different. That’s a mental thing, or an organization thing, or whatever, but if you are stuck andContinue reading “Still Stuck? How To Unstick Your Unmotivated Writer’s Brain And WRITE”

4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know

Pushing that PUBLISH button is a big moment, and your life is different – for better or worse – from that moment on.   Writers need to get over the fear of publishing.   I was lucky, I started by writing family humor essays and my stuff was out there for a years on FacebookContinue reading “4 Important Things Every Aspiring Author Needs To Know”

FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY

BLACK FRIDAY TWO-SENTENCE STORY CHALLENGE Flash fiction is supposed to be short and fast, and it doesn’t get much faster than two sentences! But it’s a holiday weekend here so I wanted to make this fun. (I saw this on CS Wilde’s blog and LOVED the idea. I spent longer thinking about my two sentenceContinue reading “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE, Black Friday Edition: TWO-SENTENCE STORY”

3 Tips To Getting Over Your Holiday Writing Hurdles (The Emotional Rollercoaster, part 1)

  I expected to get a ton of writing done at Christmas last year. NOTHING got done!     NOTHING!!!     Writer’s slump? Maybe.   Don’t you HATE it when the words aren’t flowing, or you can’t get motivated to write? Or other writing related hurdles?   The thing is, it passes.   ThinkContinue reading “3 Tips To Getting Over Your Holiday Writing Hurdles (The Emotional Rollercoaster, part 1)”