Writing is awesome & I'm a big fan of sites/magazines that help me become a better participant of the craft. The site WritersWrite.co.za is pretty great. They send a small daily newsletter to your email featuring various lists along with writer quotes, a daily cartoon, word of the day, et al. I highly recommend signing … Continue reading The 17 Most Popular Genres in Fiction
For anyone who loves fantasy, Dungeons & Dragons is typically somewhere in their history. While I haven't partaken in some time, I spent a lot of time as a youth tempting Satan & playing the game with friends. For writers of fantasy & sci-fi, D&D offers up great background material & opportunities for universe building. Angela … Continue reading Writer’s Digest: Rolling the Dice-How Playing D&D Made Me a Better Storyteller
I'm a big fan of Writer's Digest. Been a subscriber for years, have entered their contests, and have paid to participate in classes & workshops they provide. In addition to tips, interviews, and the like, they're stewards of the craft, meaning they feel it necessary to leave the state of writing better than they found … Continue reading Should Writers Use Social Media?
If you spend any time here on my blog at all, you'll see Chuck Wendig's influence. Whether it's reviewing one of his books, writing flash fiction based off his challenges at Terrible Minds, or whether it's passing along his knowledge & tips on literary stewardship, Wendig is up there with Stephen King & Neil Gaiman … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: On Writing What You Want, Without Permission
Chuck Wendig indirectly led to my wanting to move from a career in journalism to one in fiction writing, thanks to StumbleUpon & a little piece of weird on his website. Earlier this morning, I read an article on Medium from Heather Demetrios which should be mandatory reading for any & all writers wanting to … Continue reading Chuck Wendig: How To Be A Professional Author & Not Die Starving & Screaming In A Lightless Abyss
A number of years ago, I attended a book reading/signing hosted by Z. Brewer. As he shared stories of a youth spent bullied for being different (Z was born Heather and would announce a year or so after this he is trans), he said something that really resonated with me. "Own your weird." Both as … Continue reading Why Writers Should Embrace Their Weird Side
(Swoon) Like a lot of folks, Neil Gaiman is one of my favorite writers for a number of reasons. His work on Sandman was incredible, his Batman story "Whatever Happened to the Caped Crusader?" is one of the best stories ever written about the Dark Knight, and Good Omens is still one of my favorite … Continue reading 14 Neil Gaiman Quotes for Writers