On Writing a Series

 Back when I first started writing, the prevailing wisdom among indie authors was that you should write a series of books rather than standalone novels, on the theory that you would hook readers with a first novel (which you could give away for free), then make most of your money on the rest of the…

Rip Your Own Heart Out

You’re going to feel attached to your art, whatever form it takes, but the brutal truth is that you need to take those shimmering strings of sentimentality and sever them with a saber. You might also want to make sure you’re not using too much alliteration. There are essentially three motivations for creating art: Self…

50 Writing Prompts for September

Last week I challenged you to write thirty short stories in a month. I know that’s going to be a difficult task, so I’ve prepared a list of fifty prompts for you to inject into your brain, mix with whatever your particular brand of madness might be, and unleash upon the world as short stories….

How to Find An Agent

I’m going to be be real with you here: As of this writing, I don’t yet have an agent, so take everything that I’m about to tell you with a couple tablespoons of salt, then call your doctor because you’ve probably just done something terrible to your body. Now that you’re back and chewing fistfuls…

How Long Should Writing Take?

I recently followed a thread on Twitter asking a simple question: #FellowWriters: On average, how long does it take you to write a first draft of your novel?#writerslife #amwriting pic.twitter.com/QmhyZRlM0A  — Morgan Wright (@byMorganWright) August 20, 2018 The responses which Morgan Wright received ranged from the lengthy and philosophical “46 years, going on 47…” –Rob Grant,…

The Spice Must Flow (To You)

Hi {name}! I see your an independent producer of {music/podcasts/stories}. I spotted you’re totally rad tweets and thot I’d reach out too u and offer my ass instance. I’m a {promotor/publisher} who specializes in helping suckers like you sell your shit to gullible people. For just $100 I’ll print ten copies fo your book so…

The Gentle Hammer of Truth

In our inaugural #ThorsDay post, I’d like to introduce you to The Gentle Hammer of Truth, a friend we’ll grow to know well over the next few years. Ghot is a friendly piece of magical ironmongery, a non-binary anthropomorphized entity who exists to deliver hard truths to content creators all across the internet. You’re welcome…

30 Stories in 30 Days

It’s been hot in Virginia this August. I mean, miserable hot. The sort of hot where you go out after six in the evening because it’s finally cooled off, and you’re still soaked with sweat after twenty minutes. After a solid two months of seriously exercising every day, my biking routine took a nosedive in August…

Tweet All About It

Need some motivation to keep you pushing through that next page of your novel? You’re not alone. In fact, there are hundreds, even thousands of people at any given moment working on their next story idea. Try motivating yourself to write by starting and ending your session with a tweet. #DailyWords Lots of people tweet…

You CAN write a novel

Look up there at the topic. Read it again. Now read it out loud. It’s true. Listen, I know that writing a novel can be intimidating. When I was a teenager I started at least half a dozen novels in all sorts of genres: fantasy, science fiction, crime, adventure. And all of them met the…