Doing Your Homework

  It’s been said that being an author is like assigning yourself tough homework every day for the rest of your life.  Yeah.  That’s pretty much it.  I love research though.  I think most writers are insatiably curious.  Never go up against an author in a game of Trivial Pursuit.  We’re virtual storehouses of otherwise…

Study Outside Your Genre/Subgenre

One thing I learned as a blogging book reviewer was that the best authors never stopped learning and trying to bring on their A-Game.  Stephen King says if you don’t have time to read then you don’t have the time or skills to write.  So, absolutely read and read broadly, across genres and subgenres.  But,…

The Way Stories Come

Like I’ve said, my stories dump on me like a large pile of jigsaw puzzle pieces which must then put together with no finished picture to go by.  Also, there are tons of extras. But, how does the dumping start?  Bunch of different ways. Just yesterday, I was intrigued by the idea of a man…

Writing a Story the Way It Should be Told

I’ve written this post a dozen times and deleted it.  Guess I haven’t figured it out yet.  The best authors never stop trying to learn, so I’m in good company.  There are rules, guidelines, formulas, expectations, etc cetera for different genres, sub-genres, traditional publishers, ePublishers, and the many places you can sell Indie Pubs too. …