Category: Writing Tips & Career Advice

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Idea Development: Lightning Bolt vs. Slow Burn

Idea Development

People always ask where authors get their ideas. (Short answer: Everywhere.) I find the better question to be, “How are ideas developed?” Every writer has their own way of bringing an idea into the world as a book, story, or article. The idea is easy to get. Doing something with it is more difficult. How …

Random Generalizations & Observations, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Embrace the Unexpected

Unexpected

I’ll admit that I am something of a control freak. I don’t get overjoyed when things don’t go according to plan. The unexpected, frankly, freaks me right out. I prefer the neat, orderly, predictable and boring aspects of life. I’m not much for adventure. Little did I know that signing up to be a writer …

Random Generalizations & Observations, Writing Tips & Career Advice

Dinosaurs and the Evolution of Your Writing Career

Dinosaurs

I recently finished reading The Rise and Fall of The Dinosaurs: A New History of a Lost World, by Stephen Brusatte. In reading the book, the thing that struck me again and again (aside from how cool dinosaurs were) was just how old the Earth really is. It operates on a timeframe that is far, …

Books, Reading, & Libraries, Writing Tips & Career Advice

How Writing Changes Your Reading

writing changes your reading

One of the things no one tells you about becoming a writer is this: Writing changes your reading. It changes the way you read, how much you read, and your enjoyment of what you read. For someone like me, who has always loved to read, some of the changes have been shocking. And a little …

Writing Tips & Career Advice

Crafting a Writing Emergency Plan

Writing Emergency

There is nothing more certain in life than the fact that at some point, the poop is going to hit the fan. There will be illness (yours or a loved one), death, accidents, natural disasters, financial crises, and all manner of other life-altering events. Often these all occur together because the universe likes to crap …