Category Archives: 2019

Taking A Break: How Long Is Too Long?

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007.

No matter how eager you are as a writer, no matter how many ideas you have, or how grand your visions of your career are, there will almost inevitably come a time when you need to cut free from the word-count goals and get a little R&R.

Now, I know what you’re thinking. You don’t want to take a break. You don’t want to lose your momentum. You’re afraid that you might not get back into the groove, that days will become months, and months will become years.

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From The Editor

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #007.

We have a little over two weeks left in this decade, and I’m sure it goes without saying that the last ten years are loaded with countless memories, experiences, and, I hope, achieved goals.

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Differentiating An Ensemble Cast

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #006.

There are very few writing choices as risky as creating a novel with an ensemble cast. So much could go wrong, especially for the beginning writer. Yet, if done right, the rewards are more than equal to the challenge.

The question is, though, what is the secret to creating a satisfying ensemble cast?

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Writing Concepts

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #006.

The Purpose Of Writing Concepts

Every week, published in my writing magazine, The Writer’s Everything, Writing Concepts will discuss a major piece of knowledge that authors would do well to be aware of.

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Developing Your Character

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #006.

Does he enjoy getting older, or does he dread it?

Some characters welcome the passage of time with open arms, as it comes with newfound freedom and abilities. Others dread old age. In The Bucket List, Edward Cole writes a list of activities that he wants to participate in before he dies, and soon engages in a race against the clock to check them all off before his lung cancer takes him. In Interview with a Vampire, Claudia hates the fact that she’s stuck in the eternal form of a young girl, wishing instead that she could mature and become a grown woman.

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Writing Definitions

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #006.

Like any career or hobby, there’s a whole world built around writing that you may just be beginning to scratch the surface of. And let’s face it, we’re not born knowing how to respond if someone on Twitter asks if the MC in your WIP finds the McGuffin, or if it was just a red herring all along. 

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The Economization of Intellectual Property

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #006.

Nearly every person who calls themselves a writer has one dream objective that’s always hovering right in the back of their minds: they want to be able to make a living off of their writing. It’s the ever- elusive act of quitting our day job which we are all actively striving for.

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Subverting Expectations

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #005.

There’s a concept that is becoming more and more commonplace in entertainment, in a world where a trailer can’t drop, an episode can’t air, and a movie sequel can’t be announced without thousands of enthralled fans dissecting every nanosecond of material they’ve been offered, analyzing every potential twist and turn in the upcoming narrative, and publishing their findings online for the rest of the world to share in their excitement. That concept is that subverting expectations is the key to great writing.

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Writing Concepts

This article was originally published in The Writer’s Everything, Issue #005.

The Purpose Of Writing Concepts

Every week, published in my writing magazine, The Writer’s Everything, Writing Concepts will discuss a major piece of knowledge that authors would do well to be aware of.

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