Writing Is A Bad Habit: CRITICAL REVIEW! a.k.a. Critical Review and Professionalism

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Today, we talk about book blogging in terms of the book review, critical and objective critiques, and the need for professionalism when you do professional reviews (remember, the moment you exchange anything for a review, you’re a professional now!).

Enjoy and please feel free to discuss or comment below!

Writing Is A Bad Habit: It’s Like Something Out of a Cheesy Novel! a.k.a. Lampshade Hanging

Last week, we talked about embracing tropes and archetypes, as well as a little bit about how to use them properly.  In the further past, we specifically spotlighted reconstruction and deconstruction as means to that end, but there are other ways to make tropes acceptable and endearing to your readers.  Get ready for some interior decorating, friends, as we hang some new lampshades on everything!


Monday Musings: No Matter What, Keep Moving On

I was sick as a dog last night.  Today, I don’t really want to do anything but sip on some Gatoraid and stay in bed.  So I will apologize ahead of time if this isn’t some lengthy discourse or deep philosophical thought with underpinnings that will change your life.  There’s the disclaimer out of the way!

To keep it simple, don’t give up.

Many times, we find what we are trying to push forward, our passions in life, don’t make the impact you want them to.  People don’t seem to care, don’t seem to be paying attention.  You could argue that disinterest may be even worse than hate.  At least if someone hates what you are doing, you are evoking passion, even if it’s negative.

However, don’t let that make you lose sight of your own passion for what it is you do.  Don’t let that disinterest or hate force you from doing what you love (assuming you’re not a serial killer or something, naturally).  It takes time to build interest, to catch attention, and, most importantly, to temper and refine your own work.  Keep pushing, keep striving, and keep refining.

Until next time, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

The genre novel: It can be as good as the deepest drama (if you let it)!

As I sit down here with my extra-large cup of coffee and prepare to dig into the first chapter of my next novel, I got a message from one of my readers.  He had purchased Indomitable first, as he liked the superhero genre, but was initially reluctant to buy The Opening Bell.  It was a wrestling novel, after all.  How good and how deep could it really be?  One could argue that this was coming from a superhero fan but, frankly, the superhero genre has proven itself with many great works (Watchmen, The Dark Knight Returns, The Killing Joke, All-Star Superman, much of Gaiman’s graphic work, etc.).  Still, he decided to give it a try after reading Indomitable.


He told me that he was surprised.  He felt that The Opening Bell was possibly more, as he put it, ‘mind-grabbing’ than Indomitable was.  He devoured over half the book in one sitting.  That made me realize something that I suppose I already knew:  A genre book, no matter how obscure the genre, doesn’t have to be popcorn.   It isn’t inherently limited to ‘a fun read’.  You can make it something deeper and more fulfilling.  Not to be taken as a stick-in-the-mud, there isn’t anything wrong with being ‘a fun read’.  It’s just that if you crack open your next sci-fi or fantasy novel and just limit your brain to the possibilities, you could really miss out on something truly special.