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Three Phrases That Define Your Story

Before you can tell somebody your story, you have to know it yourself. Recently I got the opportunity to help somebody with a synopsis of a book I hadn’t read, and as I did that, I figured some things out. So I wanted to share them. I boiled it down into three things you need...

The Thing That is Holding You Back

I got a DM from a writer friend yesterday that began ‘Got my first form rejection. Stung less than I expected…’ This has happened, in one form or another, many times in conversations with other writers. It’s a specific person in this case, but it could have come from just about anybody. Because everybody is...

I Need To Find A Scene

I want to talk a little bit about revision process today. Let me be clear up front, this isn’t *the* revision process. This is *my* revision process. More accurately, it’s the revision process I’m using for this particular book. There are a hundred ways to revise a book. None of them are wrong. This is...

Book Release: THE ISLAND DECEPTION

I don’t do a lot of book releases on my blog. In fact, I don’t think I’ve done any. But this book is special. First off, the author, Dan Koboldt, was my Pitch Wars mentor when I was a contestant in 2015, and then my co-mentor this past year and again this coming year. You...

Pitch Wars — Remember How I Said I Wasn’t Doing it Again? I lied.

At the end of Pitch Wars last year, I posted my lessons learned (See it here). And one of those lessons was that I probably wouldn’t do it again. Remember that? Yeah, I changed my mind. Does this warrant an announcement? Uh…apparently…you’re reading it, after all. At a minimum I’m using it as an excuse to write...

Overcoming Negativity as a Writer

There’s a tendency as a writer to look on the negative side of things. Wait…is that just me? If it is, then disregard this whole thing. But on the off chance that somebody else feels this, let me continue. I get it. It’s a negative business. Even the most successful authors have seen far more...

Self Rejection. It sucks. Don’t Do It.

I was having thoughts today about writing and self-doubt today, and I thought I’d share some of them. Is this because I’m trying to write a new book and it’s a flaming pile of poo and I hate it and it will never be as good as the last thing I wrote? Um….no? Here’s the...

The Best Military SF of the Year

Update 3: I read WE ARE LEGION (We Are Bob) which probably isn’t technically military SF, but it has some elements, and I want to talk about it so I’m including it here. Plus the sequel is due out in April, so it’s timely. First off, it’s a great book with a fun voice that’s...

#SFFpit After Action Report

The December #SFFpit has come and gone, and we’ve analyzed some of the data. Because…of course we did. That’s just the kind of nerds that we are. I’ll shared some of that objective data, as well as some more subjective things that I saw throughout the day. Thanks to Dan Koboldt who founded #SFFpit and brought...

Lessons Learned From #PraPit

Yesterday was the first ever #PraPit practice pitch event. I thought it was a good time. I’ve often looked at pitches during contests and thought about how they could be better, but that’s not the time and place to make a comment. Yesterday we got to talk about them, work on them, and make them...

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I am a Soldier and a Science Fiction writer. Usually I write about Soldiers. Go figure. I'm represented by Lisa Rodgers of JABberwocky Literary Agency. If you love my blog and want to turn it into a blockbuster movie featuring Chris Hemsworth as me, you should definitely contact her.

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