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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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Worldbuilding Tools

February 12, 2019

Science fiction and fantasy rely heavily on placing the reader in a world that envelopes them like a warm blanket. That blanket might be a comforting hug from Hermione or the backblast of covering fire from a Gauss gun. It’s the responsibility of the author to craft a world that follows its own rules and […]

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AuthorCentral is Not Limited to the United States

February 5, 2019

Amazon’s AuthorCentral websites allow readers to see a dedicated page focusing on a particular writer. It’s an easy way for Amazon customers, particularly those with Kindle readers, to find more about an author. The recently re-designed pages now include a sliding window featuring books registered to an author. The images are larger, allowing the viewer to […]

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MacGuffins, McGuffins, Maguffins

February 4, 2019

Quoted from Tarantino’s “Pulp Fiction”… JULES You win. Jules raises his hand off the briefcase. It’s all yours, Ringo. PUMPKIN Open it. Jules flips the locks and opens the case, revealing it to Pumpkin but not to us. The same light SHINES from the case. Pumpkin’s expression goes to amazement. Honey Bunny, across the room, can’t […]

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REVIEW: Writing Military Science Fiction – Infantry

February 4, 2019

Writing Military Science Fiction – Infantry by William S Frisbee Jr. Review by Josh Hayes Book Link: https://amzn.to/2UFOLxj If you don’t write mil sci-fi then this article won’t apply to you, but if you do… YOU NEED THIS BOOK. (I’d suggest getting the paperback) This book is over 250 pages, packed full of extremely useful information […]

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Using Critters.org for Manuscript Critiques

February 1, 2019

Anyone can publish their unedited manuscript these days and (unfortunately) too many authors take that path. They promote and spam to their heart’s content…and when the first review comes in, it’s a one-star because of glaring grammatical errors, lots of passive writing, and even a change in the point of view halfway through the tale. […]

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The Little Things in Worldbuilding

January 27, 2019

Many beginning authors consider worldbuilding as a need to flesh out an entire city, planet, or even a small spiral arm of a galaxy. They spend countless hours focusing on where to place all of the individual buildings then coming up with a “cool” name for each area. I went through this phase in the […]

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Lies New Authors Tell Themselves

January 23, 2019

Nothing makes a professional author chuckle like listening to potential writers deciding to get into the field. Far too many think it’s easy to write a book and then have publishing companies dump shipping containers of hundred dollar bills on your front lawn. While this is a theoretical possibility (EL James comes to mind), it’s […]

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