Behind the Scenes of My Fantasy Novel – “The Shadow Watch”

The following is a behind the scenes look at my new fantasy novel The Shadow Watch, coming out on May 15, as well as a glance at things to come after the Shadow Watch series. The questions came from an interview for a group on Wattpad.   How did you come up with the title of yourContinue reading “Behind the Scenes of My Fantasy Novel – “The Shadow Watch””

My Process for Writing Fantasy

[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”

Why You Should Post a Story 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, IContinue reading “Why You Should Post a Story on Wattpad”

Getting Readers 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 beContinue reading “Getting Readers on Wattpad”

Posting a Story 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 freeContinue reading “Posting a Story on Wattpad”

Looking at Your Writing from a New Perspective (Breaking Writer’s Block)

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)”

Writing Entertainingly (Edgar Rice Burroughs on telling interesting stories)

Time for another writerly quote. I wrote a post recently on Literary fiction versus Pop Fiction, and the issue I have with “literary” folks who put down widely read works, so this quote struck home with some things I’ve been thinking about lately: I have been successful probably because I have always realized that IContinue reading “Writing Entertainingly (Edgar Rice Burroughs on telling interesting stories)”

Beginning with the End of the Story in Mind

E. L. Doctorow compared writing to driving. You know where your destination is, but you can only see as far as your headlights. At first I thought this promoted flying-by-the-seat-of-your-pants writing. But I don’t really think it is. I think it is true we can’t always see how things are going to come together asContinue reading “Beginning with the End of the Story in Mind”

“Literary” versus Fiction that Sells

I have said it before and I’ll say it again: I hate it when “literary” folks bash popularized works of fiction and the writers of popular fiction. What is popular fiction? I would call it fiction that sells. There are works that are deemed literary that might fall in to that category. Cormac McCarthy sellsContinue reading ““Literary” versus Fiction that Sells”

George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)

It is Friday, and so it is time for a quote from a famous writer. There are people on both sides of the outlining approach to writing. George R.R. Martin describes it this way: I’ve always said there are – to oversimplify it – two kinds of writers. There are architects and gardeners. The architectsContinue reading “George R.R. Martin on Outlining Before You Write (or Not)”