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Inspiration for Science Fiction Authors

January 15, 2020

There are times when one is writing a science fiction story or novel and they find they’re uninspired with what the characters can see out of the porthole or projected on the viewscreens. You can go with the generic star field and maybe some Star Trek-ish warp distortion, but what if you want more? One […]

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Defense Against the Dark Arts – Writer’s Block Edition

January 8, 2020

Help! I’m Stuck at 10K Words! First of all, don’t panic. Ten thousand words is nothing to sneeze at and you’re well on your way towards a complete novel. In fact, congratulations are in order. Normally when my brain stops sending typing instructions to my fingertips or my mouth when I’m using dictation it’s because […]

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Shifting Goals

January 1, 2020

It’s January, the traditional month where folks set some goals and by today have forgotten all about them. That is, except for writers. We tend to try to reach some lofty goals for a while longer, probably spurred on by the caffeine high from NaNoWriMo last year. Here’s the thing — goals should not be […]

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Adding Sexual Tension

October 7, 2019

Sexual tension is expected in any romance or erotica story, but it can always work as a major or subordinate plot point for your speculative fiction work. While the ideas I point out here are not specific to any genre, they can be used in any work to spice things up. So what exactly is […]

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Six YouTube Channels Indie Authors Should Follow: Resources for Writers Series

May 16, 2019

Tips for Efficient YouTube Use You probably know that when you follow a YouTube channel by hitting the subscribe button, it’s added to your list. But that’s not the only thing you can do to stay up to date or make use of YouTube as an indie author (without generating your own videos). Notifications – […]

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Organizing Your Writing Projects

May 3, 2019

Like most of the authors I know, I’m not a naturally organized person. Sometimes it’s a struggle to force myself to get the major plot points or non-fiction chapters mapped out before I start on a new project. After installing a giant electronic whiteboard I picked up on CraigsList, I was able to see the […]

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Exotic Settings on an Indie Author’s Budget

March 30, 2019

It seems that anyone who wants to write in the action, adventure, or thriller genres needs a bazillion air miles on their credit cards in order to fly out to all of those exotic locations, write that section of the story, and then jet off to the next locale. What if you want to write […]

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The Author’s Law of Momentum

March 14, 2019

Newton’s Second Law loosely says that the rate of change of momentum is directly proportional to the forces applied in the direction of those forces. Have you ever had someone toss you a watermelon? The big ones are tough to catch because they can slip out of your hands due to momentum. The watermelon wants […]

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Small Arms Primer for Authors

February 28, 2019

Many genres provide arsenals full of of handguns to their characters to use as they stumble through the complex plot their writers have invented. From the trusty Western six-shooter to Han “I Shot First” Solo’s blaster, guns are an integral tool of the trade. When a writer has no first-hand knowledge of how to use […]

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Red Herrings

February 23, 2019

Red Herrings and Other Fishy Thoughts In literature, a red herring is an informal fallacy that typically uses extraneous or irrelevant information to mislead the audience. It’s used to give an astute reader several challenges during the telling of the tale. In other words, they’re purposeful lies the author employs to mislead the folks who […]

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