Today is mother’s day, which is the perfect opportunity to write about love and relationship in your writing. Too often, we think of love and relationships in books as being solely represented by romantic love. But love takes many, many forms, and exploring all the loving relationships in the lives of your characters can add… Read More Love is a many-splendored thing
Lately, I’ve been asked a lot about time management. I have a few posts about this already, but I find I have more and more to say about it. After all, time management is probably one of the things I’m best at. To make a long story short, I have decided to write a book… Read More Working on something new
I know I haven’t been posting as actively as I, or anyone, would like. I also know that it’s a little late into 2015 to be talking resolutions. Still, there is a reason why we make resolutions on the new year, and there is a reason why around New Year’s Day there are thousands of… Read More A little late for resolutions : the purpose and method of goal-setting
Today, I was featured on Kevin T. Johns’s excellent podcast, The Writing Coach. In the interview, we covered how I got started teaching, my earliest influences in terms of writing and mentoring others, my productivity, the common problems of aspiring authors, and many more. Check it out!
First drafts and not being perfect Today I want to talk about something we all experience on a regular basis, but try to pretend doesn’t ever happen: failure. If you have an ambition, a goal, if you’re striving to achieve something or walking off the beaten path, you have experienced failure of some kind or… Read More Failing forward
I meant to talk about something else, but over the past few weeks I’ve found myself explaining this method so often that I just decided to write it out so I could have a link to post. Here it goes!! The “post-it method” is, I find, the easiest and most efficient way to come up… Read More Structuring your novel with the post-it method
As some of you may know, I participated in The Conference for Canadian Content in Speculative Art and Literature last weekend, and spoke on a few panels. One of those panels was titled “No More Sparkly Vampires! Scary Monsters in Fiction, and I had the privilege of having a very lively and incredibly interesting conversation… Read More Monsters in Horror Fiction
I was starting to update this site for the upcoming release of my third novel, Kindred Spirits, but in the course of doing so I found this guest post I did for my blog tour following the release of Brothers In Arms. My main character for this series, Alex Winters, is very young, but burdened… Read More On character motivation and the coming of age story – the burdens we choose
Here’s an interview I did on another blog. Find out about my editing process, my works in progress, and other interesting things. Check it out!
That RPG thing, and what it has to do with writing So a while back, I changed the description of the page from “tips on writing better fiction” to “writing, roleplaying and storytelling”. This might seem as though I changed the vocation of the page, but that isn’t the case at all; in fact, I’m… Read More What does role-playing have to do with writing, anyway?