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February 20, 2018

A lot of people try to figure out what makes a "good" book idea.  How do you know if what you're thinking has the potential to be spun gold, or if you're looking at a truckload of future frustration?  While this is a large and convoluted topic, here are a few basic points to consider:

Not every idea you have is going to be good.

And that's ok!  In fact, it's an unavoidable truth.  Som...

October 12, 2017

You've probably heard the famous quote from Stephen King: "The road to hell is paved with adverbs."  It's true, adverbs are rarely necessary in writing.  But when it comes to character development, adjectives, when used too simplistically, can be your downfall, eliminating your ability to create well-rounded, unexpected, genuine characters.  Adjectives, along with cookie-cutter formulas and never-...

February 14, 2017

One of the most common interview questions asked to writers and artists of all kinds is: "Who is your inspiration?"  Although some say it's overdone, I think it's a great question.  It's fun to get a glimpse of how the writer's mind works, and potentially be able to see trace elements of another person within their work.  But for writers just starting out, sometimes the line between inspiration an...

January 8, 2017

Even the most voracious readers sometimes find themselves putting a book down after Chapter 2, never to return.  The psychology behind why we abandon some books and not others is fascinating and multifaceted, and is an important topic to think about for authors who need to hold their readers' attention.  One theory can explain much of shortened reader interest: the book simply has too much going o...

December 31, 2016

“He did this already.”

“She just said that.”

"This has already been mentioned."

“This comes up a lot.  Why?”

These are notes I have written on many manuscripts, because the habit of repetition seems to be a common subconscious ailment for writers.  Many writers know they’re too verbose with their prose, and need to tone down the volume of their descriptive sections, or make their dialogue more concise...

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