Don’t be kind.

You must not be kind. If you wish to write, if you wish your characters to have dramatic stories, if they must overcome, you must not be kind to them. Authors must be cruel, calculating beasts that tear down their main characters. Leave them sobbing on the ground. Make them beg for mercy. And then…Continue reading “Don’t be kind.”

Dragons of the Ashfall: FREE Prequel and Chapter One

December 1, 2021, you can order Dragons of the Ashfall for digital or paperback from Amazon. Before then, you can read the prequel “A Dragon Bigger than My Stories” for free here. And to see if Dragons of the Ashfall is your type of story… read the first chapter for free, right here: Chapter OneContinue reading “Dragons of the Ashfall: FREE Prequel and Chapter One”

You’re Not Allowed to Celebrate

Depression doesn’t care that you have a new book coming out. It doesn’t care about the now-long list of publications you have or the plans you’ve got for 2022. It laughs when you say it’s time to get to work. Depression has its own goals. I’ve written before how depression doesn’t create art. And itContinue reading “You’re Not Allowed to Celebrate”

How to Confuse a Writer

If you want to derail a writer, ask them what their book is about. “Well, you see, it’s about, um, there’s a girl, and she does some things, but it’s really awesome, well I think it is anyway, and I want to tell it to you, but I don’t want to give anything away, butContinue reading “How to Confuse a Writer”

How You Say What You Say

Dialogue doesn’t just reveal a character; it reveals their world. Dragons of the Ashfall takes place in a steampunk world of gears and coal. I wanted the vocabulary the characters used to reflect the setting, so I invented a number of idioms. “I’ll be out in a gear’s turn,” means the person will be outContinue reading “How You Say What You Say”