You Say You Write In...

First, let me say that I am honored to write this guest blog. On the heels of the Writer’s Digest Conference West this past weekend (which I had a blast at and highly recommend), this seems like perfect timing for a blog about finding the time to write. I know this topic has been covered...

Have you found your voice?

In his book, Write Like the Masters, William Cane analyzes the writing talents of more than twenty well-known and highly respected authors — everyone from J.D. Salinger and Ray Bradbury to Tom Wolfe and Stephen King. The point in doing so is not to teach readers how to ape the style of any one particular author, but rather, to learn what each one does particularly well, and achieve that same level of excellence in their own work. The temptation upon reading the book, however, is to focus on mimicking a particular author’s voice, rather than the skills he or she exhibits. Each of the authors in the collection has a particularly unique...

Develop the Critic Within

Criticism about your writing is going to come in many forms. Someone you don’t know may write a review of your book in a newspaper. Someone you trust might offer a critique of your draft. You might get feedback from a writing group or read comments online at Amazon or Goodreads. Despite whether the criticism is constructive or destructive (and there’s a major difference), it is important to take all of it into consideration before throwing away as much of it as you wish. First off, most feedback you get from friends will be over-complimentary, so you have to take their “This is amazing!” comments with a grain of salt. These blanket...

Overcome Fear, Compl...

“The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.”   —  H.P. Lovecraft There are some writers who cannot wait to get their words down on paper and who nearly stumble over themselves with eagerness to share those...

Write That Novel You...

Let me guess. You’ve got a lot of ideas, any of which would make a fantastic novel – if only you had the time to write them down. I know what it’s like. I’ve been there. Let’s face it, writing can be hard. It can be intimidating. It takes a lot of time. And then after all of that...