Category Archives: Writing

Great Character Descriptions

io9 has a good post highlighting some of the more memorable character descriptions in speculative fiction, including one of my favorite books, Ender’s Game.  Here’s a snippet from the article about EG: “Ender did not see Peter as the beautiful … Continue reading

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Marketing Gumbo

You ever eaten gumbo?  Gumbo is a stew with so much stuff in it, I can’t hardly describe it. But it’s good.  Well, here is some marketing gumbo… all sorts of marketing stuff I’ve collected over the past few weeks … Continue reading

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Creating Good Characters – Personality (Compliance)

For the past few weeks I have been sharing occasionally what I’ve learned from personal research and the ebook Four Secrets to Liking Your Work, part of the Career Survival Kit Collection, specifically, how it helps me develop my characters. Today’s post … Continue reading

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Futurism Infographic

I came across a great infographic recently by Michell Zappa that combines two of my passions in a way that really helps my writing as a speculative fiction author: infographics and futurism.  The elegance of it is amazing.  Just click … Continue reading

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Creating Good Characters – Personality (Steadiness)

As an author, I’m asked by both readers and other authors on how I develop my characters.  I think all writers draw from their own personal experiences and from people they know to create those in their stories.  I once … Continue reading

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Creating Good Characters – Personality (Influence)

As an author, I spend more time developing believable, relate-able, and memorable characters than anything else.  I’ve found that if I invest a lot of time up-front in designing and learning who my characters are, it takes a lot of … Continue reading

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Setbacks

As an author I’ve faced my share of setbacks.  I have a drawer full of rejection letters from publishers.  I’ve lost work from computer issues or more often from my own mistakes like forgetting to save my work. And I … Continue reading

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Twitter Stuff

Joining Twitter is one of those things on my to-do list, though a bit lower than it probably should be (seeing as how I’ve not done it in the year+ it’s been on my list).  My challenge would be in … Continue reading

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Creating Good Characters – Personality (Dominance)

I’ve found business help books are helpful in creating memorable characters, especially books that deal with personal interactions. Over the next few weeks, I’ll highlight a few things I’ve learned recently from personal research and from an ebook I got … Continue reading

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Building Good Characters – Personality (Intro)

There are tons of articles and other resources out there to help writers create realistic characters, but I’ve found some of the most helpful information comes from sources created for real people in real life situations.  And there is nothing … Continue reading

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