One of the goals of any good writing is to pack a lot of information into as few words as possible. The biggest culprit in preventing this is the verb “to be.” The reason is simple: the verb is the lowest-common verb—it applies almost anywhere. But it is weak and flabby and applied too broadly. […]Read more
Because I’ve started teaching online writing classes through Arizona State University’s Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing, I’ve been having to put together exercises to help students understand and master a variety of techniques. One of the things I’m pretty much death on is using he said/she said or their variants in dialogue. I […]Read more
The Crusader Road is my latest book. It’s my first venture writing fiction in the Pathfinder™ universe. I had a lot of fun writing the book, and I think it turned out pretty well. If you want an unbiased opinion on that issue, you can read the review at Roqoo Depot. One of the most […]Read more
Fiction For A Cure, which is a mega-event in the Relay For Life of Second Life’s fundraising campaign for the American Cancer Society, wraps up today. We have two incredibly special events to finish the drive. At 3 PM PDT/Second Life time, New York Times bestselling author Diana Gabaldon will join us for a reading. […]Read more
Tonight, starting at 6 PM PDT, I’ll be teaching my class, 21 Days to a Novel in Second Life. The event is part of Fiction For A Cure, which is part of Relay for Life in Second Life’s cancer research fundraising effort for the American Cancer society. Hit the link for information about the class […]Read more
Amazon floated a trial balloon in their dispute with Hachette to “take authors out of the middle.” Gigaom.com has the full text here. Within minutes of the letter’s publication, warriors on either side of the fight decried the letter as a cynical PR ploy, or praised it as proof that Amazon truly is sympathetic to […]Read more
Backing the Wrong Horse: Why choosing sides in the Amazon—Hachette feud is a moron’s choice for writers.
Let me state at the outset that the following is likely to outrage writers and publishers. Those who deign to comment will dismiss me as being ignorant or mistaken or secretly in agreement with the “other side.” I want to be clear: the “side” I’m taking in this discussion is mine and mine alone. I’m […]Read more