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I swear, I only saw it for the sloths. Yet, by the end of the first two scenes, I had already learned more than enough from Zootopia (2016) to pack up the popcorn, leave the theater, and write this post. I mean, I didn't. I stayed for the sloths. My point is Zootopia...read more
Professor Lou Pole, possibly the greatest mind of his generation, had no business leaving his prestigious (and very high paying job) at ELITE AND NEEDLESSLY EXPENSIVE UNIVERSITY. But he did. When he told his adjuncts and fellow professors where he was moving, each and...read more
In a green, green meadow by the white, stark tundra, stood a bright, young girl beneath a spaceship's dark umbra. With her mouth in the shape of a big, empty "O," she watched the ship rattle and sway, lights all aglow. Not long did she stare, before the ship...read more
Most writers learn by reading their favorite books. These books taught me how to write better – and not how you might think.read more
Stop everything. Within forty-eight millionths of a second, the world locked in place. I couldn't lift my arms, nor move my lips. Drops of rain came to a halt, some frozen in the air above my windshield, some exploding like crystal flowers against the glass. To...read more
There was a nervous energy rippling through the rows of people. Through the window, I could see the brilliant orange and purple sunset dripping below the horizon. I couldn't pinpoint the exact moment the airplane started moving, but I could tell we were picking up...read more
A drop of sweat rolled down his forehead, and slid into his eyes. It stung. Mr. Blond sucked in his breath. He turned his head away, making a clandestine attempt to wipe away the sweat before the Judges noticed. One of the judges cleared her throat, "Something wrong,...read more
How many hours does it take to write a first draft? The short answer is it should take around 100 hours to finish your first draft. And when I say around, I mean it could take you anywhere from 50 to literally infinite hours, depending on how you write and how...read more
Perfectionist writers: this is the story of how I learned to love my stories’ imperfections – and how you can too.read more
Last week, the 'Front Page of the Internet' went insane. Again. This is the perfect time to talk about ownership, authorial intent, and why you have no control over what your audience thinks. And, hell, why not start a discussion? Congratulations! After decades of...read more
My agent’s face was sweating, trying to sell that house to me, even as my breath turned to vapor in the cold. The seclusion, the fact that you couldn't see anything beyond the trees that grew around it, that’s why I wanted it. Old house, haunted house. My agent hired...read more
Need help developing your characters? Read this fantastic post from Scriptangel's Blog, and learn how to use realistic personality changes to round out your writing.read more
You don’t know how long I’ve been waiting for you. You, so slow and laughably unintelligent. Yet, I don't know where I would be without you. Your glow, like the sickly light of a bug zapper, a blinding beacon in the dark. Your warmth, almost unbearable, but that’s...read more
Didn't you know? A bad outline is the death of a good story. How can you be creative when everything is already planned out for you? No emotion in the writer, no emotion in the reader. How can you follow this rule when you already know everything that’s going to...read more
In such a strange land, they found themselves surrounded by nothing familiar. There was the sun, but it was wrong, and the mountains, those were wrong also. Here, they could not hear The Song, and so they could not sing. Muhlirim knew they would die. “But all must...read more
Redemption [ri-demp-shuh n] noun. - 1. an act of redeeming or atoning for a fault or mistake, or the state of being redeemed. This is for you, George Miller. I don't know if you chose the wrong theme for your film, or you forgot what you were writing halfway through,...read more
If you've ever needed help finding your voice, read this fantastic guest post by Marian Rosarum on Ryan Lanz' blog.read more
This was the last thing Swen said to me, before he jumped off the cliff: “I’m going to do something that you will never forget. Witness me.” As he fell upon the war band, I watched as a car, covered in spikes, collided with his body. I watched as the explosives fell...read more
Do you want to write a book? You want to start a blog? You've been thinking about this project for a while, but it seems so huge, you don't know where to start (or maybe, you're just too afraid)? Good. The size of this task may be threatening, but you are the...read more
Now available in all ebook formats, free of charge. Download here from Smashwords or purchase from Amazon (I'm still waiting on Amazon to discover that it's free on Smashwords, so for the moment, it's only free on Smashwords. I'll update this when it's changed)....read more
Sage advice from a literary agent. If you're beginning a new project (I know I am!), then take a look at this. It might change your approach.read more
“The Word of Wigaldir calls you!” “Eternal life in Enga’s arms.” “Fear not, sinners. Lether the Blessed will bring us to salvation!” Like the mating calls of jungle birds, voices sailed over our heads, clamoring for our attention. Bristling with energy and humid with...read more
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