Planning

I think we all know that “Successful writing requires good planning” and not mindlessness. It’s a simple formula with common hurdles, pitfalls and plain old mistakes. The Hurdles These may include time, motivation, money, confidence, knowledge and skill levels and people pressures. And, discipline (lack of). The Pitfalls So many to choose from but may…

B b b b bad

Be a Bad Bad Storyteller Yep, you heard me. If you want to keep writing, and this is where the stubbornness comes in that I spoke of last post, you must keep writing even when in a bad mood. BUT don’t do any editing! At least not without making a copy – hack away at…

Stay The Course and Write

So you have the writer’s bug but don’t have the time. I’ve found myself in that position and have decided to write more microfiction and short stories. It would be easy to give up that thing that drives me to enrich my life. I’m lucky though, my addiction to write is cheap, resources are easily…

Change Isn’t Always Bad

So, I’m back working full-time and to be honest I’m happier than before. I’ve been working a long time (over 30 years) and loved the sabbatical of 2 years to write full-time. It was an additional year before I found work so while I was still writing and editing full-time I was working relief shifts…

Sub-Log 2017/03/21

Update I’m finally putting the finishing touches to the Logs Compendium that covers Log 1 – Log 3. It will act as a refresher or a bridge to Log 4 which I have just released. I’ll add some links to Log 4 shortly. Character or Place Feature Within the Alien Crucible Series Prince Bel Valdain…

Sub-Log 2017/03

New Format for 2017 (gorgeous sketch by ErikaVasos http://carnival.deviantart.com/) Character or Place Feature Within the Alien Crucible Series The Planet of Law In Log 1 Matter | Antimatter the Planet of Law becomes the center of attention when Pure-Gens (Aryans with high matter and energy levels) are called to make a vote. It is due…

Sub-Log 15

Tip 5 for Writers I’m going to pose a question here for you to think about and I’ll expand upon the idea in the next sub-log. How do you, as a writer, develop characters to act naturally within an imaginary world especially when that world sits outside your experience? Tip 5 for Writing This quote…

Sub-Log 12

Tip 2 for Writers – if, like me, you are editing your own work it pays to try different ways to remove yourself from what I call “creative fog”. I like to edit in the morning when I’m fresh. And then I create stuff using Photoshop for my series later in the day. During the…

Sub-Log 1

8.41.54 PM Image ‘Mention Madness’ by Elaine http://www.canstockphoto.com/menion-madness-0009117.html via @CanStockPhoto I’m watching Star Wars VI and I guess it’s fitting as I ready myself to launch into life as an author. I love the series, as many people do, including the fans who have created probably thousands of fan fiction stories. They were, and still…