A few weeks ago I walked out of our local art supplies shop with a set of acrylic paints and a new blending brush. I’m not a painter, and I spent way too long staring at the rainbow of paint choices, wondering what I should choose. Eventually I picked out a set of colors and … Continue reading Finding my inner creative child
Stop struggling to write alone
Writing a novel is hard. Here's How to find the creative community you need.
How to develop your character’s voice
A few years ago, I went to a conference all about the writing and publishing world. There, an editor from a big publisher gave a talk about how editors are looking for “voicey” novels. But what exactly is voice? And how can you develop a unique voice for your character? Part 1: Defining voice Your … Continue reading How to develop your character’s voice
8 Keys to Writing Spectacular Stories
Writing a novel is hard. From character development to worldbuilding to trying to keep all of your subplots straight, there is a lot that goes into writing a novel, especially for beginners. When I was first starting out as a writer, I made a lot of mistakes, and I struggled for years to even finish … Continue reading 8 Keys to Writing Spectacular Stories
Why I’m publishing the Sitka Saga in Web3
When I started writing my fantasy novel series, the Sitka Saga, I knew it was something I wanted to share with the world one day, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I was going to do that. At first, I was dead-set on going the traditional publishing route. This was, after all, how “real” authors … Continue reading Why I’m publishing the Sitka Saga in Web3
The world needs your magic: Why I’m writing the Sitka Saga
The Beginnings Books aren’t always crafted in a linear fashion. In fact, my own personal experience shows that this is rarely the case for me. This year I am planning to launch the first part of my fantasy trilogy, the Sitka Saga, a story that has evolved and changed through the ten years I’ve spent … Continue reading The world needs your magic: Why I’m writing the Sitka Saga
Forget plot-driven vs. character-driven. Good stories are both.
And if you want your book to become somebody’s favorite novel, you need to master the art of weaving together internal and external conflict.
The internet is changing again. Here’s why I’m publishing my book as a serial novel.
Most traditionally published books sell fewer than 5,000 copies. Writing novels is a terrible way to make a living with the current models. Let's change that.
You don’t need to be “born talented” to be a good writer
Sometimes in the online writing space I see people who are concerned that they're not "talented" enough to write. But the truth is that if you're afraid to start because you're not already good, you'll miss out on the growth that happens through the process of creating.
Hustling won’t help you write better. But neither will procrastinating.
As I look back on my last several years of being a writer, there is a pattern I’ve noticed: the more I’ve studied and learned about writing, the slower I actually get the writing done. And that’s because the more that I’ve learned, the more that I’ve started holding myself to impossible standards.