Release day is here! Burrito Avenger is out in the wild, now for sale on Amazon. Writing this book has been an incredible process. Today we're gonna peek behind the curtain and talk about what it took to bring this insane story idea to life. Where did this idea come from? The first question I … Continue reading Behind the Scenes with Burrito Avenger
Folks who read my book Exhausted Wives, Bewildered Husbands frequently write in with feedback on the presented skills. Most are pleased with the setup, but every so often I receive a specific sentiment I've heard many times: "Your method turns every relationship into a transactional exchange. Isn't that a bad thing?" I understand the sentiment, … Continue reading Are Transactional Relationships Bad?
So very often, we writers get a special idea in our head. “This time,” we think to ourselves, “I want to really wow my readers with a new type of story, something I’ve never written before.” Maybe we watched a particularly good mystery show (Murder She Wrote, anyone?), or we’re getting a horror itch. My … Continue reading I Can’t Do This Anymore: Dealing with Genre Burnout
No matter what day it is, it’s always a normal day. Stories tend to take place mostly in environments where there’s nothing unusual going on… except for the horrible trauma. The exception to this is stories which take place on a specific, overwhelming holiday which saturates the entire story. We as authors rarely take into account … Continue reading It’s Orphan Day! Or, Using the calendar in your setting
A fundamental part of being a human being is the time spent doing mundane things. When was the last time one of your stories included day-to-day activities? Today we'll be talking about how and why to incorporate less-adventurous content in your writing. How much of your day is exciting? Reading a story is supposed to … Continue reading Why your characters should shave
I get one day per week to write my books, and I've learned to make efficient use of what time I get. In addition, when I write, I like to put my daily word count up on Twitter. This isn't for anyone's benefit but my own because the public accountability keeps me burning along in … Continue reading My Outlining and Writing Method
As humans, we are primed to need to be in a group. Groups provide us with security, support, resources, relationships, and comfort. The first group most people come to know is the Family (immediate circle of parents or guardians and siblings), then the Clan (wider network of relatives). As the person grows, they find their … Continue reading The Tribe
Writers tend to be a very specific breed. We have certain things we really like, things we are comfortable and familiar with, and we like to stick to them. When we write, we aren’t just spewing words onto a bit of paper; we’re creating. Ours is a labor of love, and sometimes that can blind us. … Continue reading When We Take Our Story Too Seriously