writing

Writing Is A Bad Habit: Talk to Me Like One of Your French Girls a.k.a. Foreign Languages in Writing

Writing in the sense that we talk about it here relies on the artistic use of language. We use words to inform, influence, and most importantly of all entertain. It’s understandable then that when we use foreign settings, fantasy universes, and alien worlds, we might want to use elements of foreign languages to match those settings.

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Writing Is A Bad Habit: Up In Smoke! a.k.a. Writing Burn-Out

It’s been a while, my friends.

If you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’ve been essentially in burn-out recovery for the past few weeks. Many of us who write know of the stress that attempting NaNoWrMo can bring on, trying to write an entire novel-length manuscript in a month.

Try doing that three months in a row. Three whole novels in three months with deadlines and marketing windows to hit and all of that good grid.

It’s enough to change a man!

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Monday Musings: Manuscript Homestretch! a.k.a. Almost A Return To Normal

Quick update this Monday before I get back to the hard work of writing!

The third book of Clans of Shadows is reaching completion, at least the manuscript I and J. A. are working on. Then it’s the usual editing and all that jazz, but we should still be able to squeak it out before the end of the month.

What this means is that my writing load is going to lighten some for the next few months. Oh, there’s still books to be written, like Packie’s Problem (the next Redmane Mystery) and the final editing for The Twelfth Labor, but there won’t be the very tight deadlines needed for this collaboration series.

What that really means is that Starving Reviews should be back on the table in November! Let’s hope I get some good books on the plate to come back to!

Until Wednesday, good reading, good writing, and good luck!

Writing Is A Bad Habit: Our X Is Not Like Your X! a.k.a. Shading Your Tropes (For Better or Worse)

We’re back, baby!

So let’s kick this off right with some Bad Habit Writing and I think the best way to go is with some classic trope talk. In case you’ve forgotten or you never knew, tropes are common literary devices, similar to the idea of archetypes, that are commonalities through out genres, media types, and so on. As with archetypes, tropes aren’t good or bad; they are tools in the creator’s toolbox. How we use them determines their value.

Now that we have the basics out of the way, let’s talk about a classic one: Our X Is Like/Not Like Your X!

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General News: It’s Been Too Long! a.k.a. No Excuses But Life’s Been Crazy!

Right, so it’s been a while, friends.

Two books released, a very fun and profitable convention, and another manuscript baking in the oven as we speak. Meanwhile, I’ve been silent.

Well, all I can say is that everything has been crazy. There’s been moving (not myself, but others), cleaning, a bout or two of sickness, and a pulled shoulder. Oh, and FIFTY-FOUR HOURS ON A GREYHOUND BUS!

I can’t stress that last thing enough.

It’s enough to strain the soul!

But I’m back now. Crap is going to get done. I have two more books coming this year at the very minimum. Namely the next book of the Cults of ShadowFists of Iron, and the last book of Three Seconds to LegendThe Twelfth Labor. And don’t worry, the second Inspector Redmane MysteryPackie’s Problem, is still coming and I have a special new project in the works, a light novel actually, but we’ll save more info on that for later.

We’re still going to be light on Starving Reviews until November, when my last deadline for the year is done, but I have multiple books lined up and partly read, so they’ll come quickly then.

Oh, and finally, the Released Books and Upcoming Books are updated! Go there for links to grab my latest releases, like The Tale of the Tape and Feet of Clay.

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

Monday Musings: Give and Take, Push and Pull a.k.a. The Art of Collaboration

Collaborative writing is a fascinating thing. I’ve never been really involved with it before the past few months, but I’ve always wanted to try it. Obviously when I was given the opportunity, I jumped at the chance.

Needless to say, it’s been a real learning experience for me. Collaboration means many things to many people and the first step is to define exactly what that collaboration means for, uh, that, uh, collaboration. Who has what responsibilities? How much interaction will the writing team have? Who has final say on things? Who’s footing the bills and who’s in creative control?

There’s a lot that goes into just that essential first step! However, it’s vital to get all of that done, as it makes every other step of the creative process that much easier. After that, if you set up everything well, you get to step into a truly revolutionary creative experience.

There’s one big rule when it comes to the actual writing part though, one that took me a few days to really get down. It’s a give and take process. No matter who has what duties, outside of that vital final call thing, it is something that all the writers are pouring themselves into. Even if one writer has ‘primary’ writing duties, s/he isn’t the sole writer! It’s not called a collaboration because one person’s doing the job, right?

If you ever get the chance to enter a collaboration, I’d wholeheartedly suggest going for it. It’s a brilliant learning experience and, if you make sure to have everything laid out properly, a hell of a lot of fun as well!

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

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

I promised content and I deliver!

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!