It is amazing how often I hear young writers, people who’ve never had anything published, point to the small handful of people who had a first novel get picked up or wrote one book that became a successful movie. These young writers think that they can produce one book and achieve the same results. This small handful of writers are the exceptions, not the rules. As I detailed in a previous blog, for every first novel published and every single book author you point to I can point to thousands of people who had a first book that didn’t even get looked at by a publisher.Read More
Giving a group of characters their own unique voice that isn’t just a slight variation on your voice is difficult to do. We speak, think and write in our own voice so trying to write in a different voice is like an actor assuming the identity of the character he’s playing. The tricky thing in writing is that we need to do this with an entire cast of characters, not just one role. As a writer, how do you separate out all the different voices in a novel when there are going to be anywhere from a few people to larger groups?Read More
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The first tip to improve your writing is to read more. Turn off social media blurbs and read real and deep content. Read books, read short stories, read articles, read blogs and read anything that requires extra thinking on your part. The more you read the more you will absorb the writing process. Find books that are similar and notice how authors use different ways to describe the same thing.Read More
There’s no one way that’s right or wrong for writing a book. Everyone’s style is going to be different and as you progress in your writing career your style will most likely change. You’ll learn things along the way, develop new habits, and change your process to keep things moving. A fast paced action novel is written very differently than a romance novel, which is also very different than an economic book. No one style will work for all genera’s of literature. What I’m going to discuss here is general guidelines that can help you get started. You need to discover the style that works for you.Read More
The protagonist of any story is the main character who is driving the story along as they go through their journey. Quite often, the protagonist is thrown into an unfamiliar situation or forced to deal with people or entities that they’ve never dealt with before. With a pressing matter at hand, the protagonist must obtain their desired outcome before they lose any chance of getting the success they want.Read More
Looking at my library shelves and streaming video collections, it’s interesting to note some of the common themes and styles in Sci-fi over the ages.
For purposes of this blog post, I have focused mainly on American Sci-fi. It’s what I’m most familiar with and influenced by, but of course 21st century Sci-fi tends to offer a more global perspective, due to our interconnected global communications.Read More