Just Tell Me the Moon is Shining!

A popular piece of advice in modern writing is to show, don’t tell. What this roughly means is to paint a picture with your words to immerse the reader in your world rather than string together boring declarative sentences. And this is true, to a degree. You don’t want your novel reading like “See Spot …

Marketing for Indie Authors

Time to be honest, my fellow indie authors. You’re a very small fish in a boundless ocean. Thousands of indie books are published every day. That’s a lot of noise to shout over, and people won’t buy your book if they don’t even know it exists. Maybe you have the next American classic out on …

It Builds Character!

“Every story imaginable has already been told.” So the saying goes, and from a practical standpoint it’s true. There’s only so many ways to tell the story of a hero’s quest, true love, or zombies, and we humans have been telling such stories for millennia. So if you’re a writer, it’s virtually guaranteed that someone …

Eight Inches From Death

June 26th is an important day in my life. Nine years ago today, I came within about eight inches of dying on a battlefield in Afghanistan, and it changed my entire worldview. Nine years ago, my squad and I were ambushed by some Taliban soldiers. Outnumbered nearly 3 to 1 in the middle of an …

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, …

You Got Lucky, Pal! (Pt. 2)

In 1881, famed American lawman Wyatt Earp and his posse engaged several Cowboy outlaws at a creek called Iron Springs. The gunfight was brief and bloody, with Earp killing several of the outlaws with his shotgun and revolver. However, this gunfight is not remembered for Earp’s good aim, but for the pure luck that aided …

Bear This Worthily

These are turbulent times. COVID-19 is spreading, governments are failing, stock markets are falling, and sports are being cancelled. It’s been the Devil’s own day all month, it seems, and with no end in sight. This is the time people say to panic. To pull up stakes and head for the hills. I find that …

Why Do You Write?

This is the question every author, blogger, or content-creator should ask themselves at least once. Why spend untold hours writing, revising, editing, etc. when there are many other things to which you can devote your time? For me, the answer is simple: I write because I love telling stories. Ever since I read Tolkien’s ‘The …

Memento Mori

As I’m sure you’re all aware by now, Kobe Bryant, his daughter, and seven other people were killed in a helicopter crash yesterday. A stunning loss of life that included a worldwide legend known to all by just his first name. He was just 41 years old, and his daughter 13. As with any high-profile …

It Builds Character!

“Every story imaginable has already been told.” So the saying goes, and from a practical standpoint it’s true. There’s only so many ways to tell the story of a hero’s quest, true love, or zombies, and we humans have been telling such stories for millennia. So if you’re a writer, it’s virtually guaranteed that someone …

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