[I did this interview for an online fantasy community about my writing process, how to break writer's block, my favorite mythical creature and more...] What inspired your novel, The Shadow Watch, and how long did it take to complete it? The original, and most basic, inspiration came from an idea I had many years ago,… Continue reading My Process for Writing Fantasy
Thanks for joining me as I chronicle My Self-Publishing Journey for my epic fantasy, THE SHADOW WATCH. In Part One, I outlined my reasons for pursuing this avenue of publishing over the traditional publishing model. Many things are quickly falling into place, as I lay the groundwork for the self-publication process. My editor and cover… Continue reading My Fantasy World Map Reveal
This post is the first of many that will chronicle my journey in self-publishing... Feel free to weigh in, if you have insight, or ask any questions about the process as I set out. I plan to layout the various steps I am taking, as I take them, from finding designers and editors, to marketing… Continue reading Why I’ve Decided to Self-Publish
Hi! I'm Stephen. I am submitting to Pitch Wars for the first time with my YA dark fantasy THE SHADOW WATCH. Here's a mock cover: ABOUT THE BOOK: In a desperate attempt to save the boy she loves, Tori revealed forbidden magic before the entire empire. Now, she trains to lead a magical resistance. But… Continue reading Pitch Wars 2017: Pimp My Bio
It has been nearly five months since I last talked about Wattpad. Yikes!! Sadly, at the very moment things began to take off for my book on Wattpad, I also entered one of the craziest seasons of my life -- my first semester as a Middle School English teacher. It was all I could do… Continue reading My Tipping Point on Wattpad
Okay, if you have been following my Wattpad experience at all, you know I am still new to the site, but I have been chronicling my experience for anyone out there who is on Wattpad or is considering using the site. Last time, I talked about how to build a readership on Wattpad. Now, I… Continue reading Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad
That’s why you’re thinking about posting your story on Wattpad, right? Everyone wants to have their story read. But how do you get people to read a new story on a site that has literally millions of stories? There are stories on Wattpad with millions of views and thousands of votes, and it can be… Continue reading Getting Readers on Wattpad
I am beginning a new blog series discussing my experience on Wattpad. If any of you are using the social writing and reading site, I would love to dialogue about it. If you are new to Wattpad, it is a website where thousands upon thousands of writers post stories or novels, typically serially, for free… Continue reading Posting a Story on Wattpad
Read this. As always, very insightful advice for writers from Kristen Lamb. It is not easy, but if you put in the work, you can be successful.
Many of us are doing NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). If you’ve been following this blog the last two weeks, then you probably know I’ve had a horrific case of the flu. While this does mean I’ve sidelined editing (have to have higher thinking skills) and teaching (kind of need a voice) this has not excused me from writing.
In fact, it’s been pretty good for my writing since Robotussin apparently chloroforms the internal editor and is like Skittles to the Lizard Brain who is now running around in my head with scissors.
Oh God! It has the glitter! Hold on! Back in a minute….
Where was I? Yes, Lizard Brain is great for creating, and if I keep my pace, I should finish my 50,000 words tomorrow. Right now I am at almost 41,000 words and have been averaging about…
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It has been a while since I've written. For a number of reasons, but largely because I have been busy and I have been stuck. I know, I know. The age-old excuses. But they plague us all, don't they? I work full time and I am a full time graduate student. So time is tight.… Continue reading Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)