Tag: Firsts in Fiction

Finding Time

Finding Time

The age-old excuse (as accurate as it may be): I just don’t have time to (fill in the blank). For me, it’s exercising. For you, if you’re like so many other aspiring writers, it’s writing. Fact is, no one really has time for anything extra 

April is Poetry Month

April is Poetry Month

Please refrain from rolling your eyes. Yes, I’m going to talk about poetry on my fiction blog again. I’ve said it before, and I’ll likely say it again. We fiction writers can learn quite a bit from poetry. So in honor of National Poetry Month, 

Of the Writers, By the Writers, For the Writers

Of the Writers, By the Writers, For the Writers

A few weeks back, I did a post about the need for good people to help you as you write your novel (or short story, etc.). And while it’s super important to have quality readers, some writer’s prefer a writers’ group. As with most things 

Why I Love Magic: The Gathering

Why I Love Magic: The Gathering

Okay, I need to make a confession here. I play nerd games. A lot of them. So much so that I don’t even celebrate New Year’s Eve anymore. For my friends and I, we celebrate Nerd Year’s Eve. And I’m totally okay with it. Hours 

Trust the Reader

Trust the Reader

Maybe it’s a psychological thing, some innate fear that our readers won’t pick up on our subtlety. So we over write. I’m a huge offender of this, but I’ve seen some published works that are pretty bad, too. Have you seen the “almost” sentence? Jake 

Endings

Endings

Endings can be a tricky business. It’s tough to do well. Here are a few things you want to keep in mind as you’re wrapping your book up. First: know where you’re going. Even if you don’t have an outline, have a plan in mind. 

“Dialog tags,” he exclaimed!

“Dialog tags,” he exclaimed!

No reason to be ashamed here. We’ve all written them. While some of us are greater offenders than others, at some point, we’ve all over-written dialog tags. “Good morning!” he exclaimed wildly. “Good to see you,” he shouted excitedly. I think I speak for most 

Team Writer, Assemble!

Team Writer, Assemble!

Okay, I’m a sucker for super-hero movies, so when I recently saw the trailer for the new Avengers movie, I admittedly got a little giddy. I can’t help it. It’s the nerd in me. (Side note—Chronicle was very well done. Made me think of what 

Title Right

Title Right

Noticed something interesting while going through submissions for The Citron Review, the literary journal for which I serve as editor. Here’s a quick glimpse of my notes to the other editors: Story 1: Sure! But it needs a new title. Story 2: Yes, but it 

Don’t Go In There!

Don’t Go In There!

We’ve all made mistakes, and in the same way, our characters will, too. How we handle these mistakes, however, will dramatically impact our readers. My favorite writing podcast, Writing Excuses, did a cast on this issue in November of last year, and they made some