How to Write a Good Fight Scene

I’ve never thought of myself as particularly good at writing one kind of scene versus another, but throughout my His Name Was Zach series, one thing I’ve been told consistently by readers and reviewers is that they really enjoyed the fight scenes. So I guess I’m pretty good at writing fight scenes. With that in …

3 Tips for Writing Dialogue

Dialogue is one of the most difficult parts of writing. On the one hand, you want the dialogue to feel organic, you want the reader to believe that this dialogue could very well be a genuine conversation. But on the other hand, real life conversations are full of pauses, filler words, and lots of slang, …

Happy New Year!

It’s New Year’s Day, and I hope 2021 is off to a stupendous start for all of you! I think we’ve all heard enough about leaving 2020 behind, so I’m not gonna talk about that. Instead, I wanted to look at the new year from a different angle. Besides being the time of year when …

“…But said nothing.”

The other day on Twitter, I saw an author ask “If a character has nothing to say to another character, should the author write that the character said nothing or let the lack of dialogue speak for itself?” To me, the answer is obvious. Tell the reader that the character had nothing to say. If …

My Chief of Blessings

“Do not indulge in dreams of having what you have not, but reckon up the chief of the blessings you do possess, and then thankfully remember how you would crave for them if they were not yours.” -Marcus Aurelius If you’ve followed my blog for long enough, you’d know I’m a practicing Stoic and a …

Advice on Self-Publishing

Hello again, everyone! As most of you know, I am a self-published author, and lately people have told me they’d like to see more posts with insight into the writing process as well as advise for budding authors. So here we go! Today I’m going to share a few things I’ve learned in self-publishing books. …

Advice for Authors: Is Your Story Predictable?

“All your bad guys die, the good guys survive. We can tell what’s gonna happen by page and age five!” There’s a popular YouTube series dubbed “Epic Rap Battles of History”, in which famous people from all corners of the world and throughout time are pitted against each other in a battle of wits. The …

How to Protect Your Work

First off: I’m not a lawyer. Let’s just get that cleared up! If there’s one thing most new self-published authors fear, it’s having their work stolen! What if they send it off to an agent or beta reader, and that person just goes ahead and publishes it under their name and it sells millions of …

Advice for Budding Authors

I’ve been wanting to write a blog post like this for a while, offering some advice to new authors. Because it’s hard to write a book. Fiction or non-fiction, YA or Adult, it’s a daunting task to enthrall a reader with little more than the written word, especially with the tremendous capability of other mediums …

Military Friday: Boot Camp (pt. 2)

Welcome back to another edition of Military Friday! This week, I’ll continue discussing a few particulars regarding Marine Corps boot camp that writers without a military background may not know. First off, the so-called sir sandwich is a thing of the past. Made famous in Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket, it used to be that …

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