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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 2: I read MECHANICAL FAILURE by Joe Zieja. It’s a humorous military SF that jumps right into the story and moves well throughout. It’s a lot of fun. Sort of a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy vibe. Some will likely find the humor a bit simple, and some of the gags do get repetitive...

#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...

An Incomplete List of Authors Helping With #PraPit

#PraPit, a twitter pitch practice session is happening on November 29th from 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern. You can read about it here. We’ve reached out to the writing community for experienced authors and pitchers to help critique pitches. Here are just some of the people who will be coming by the hashtag to...

Preparing Your Twitter Pitch

#PraPit, a twitter pitch practice session, is happening on November 29th from 9 AM to 9 PM Eastern. You can read about it here. In order to help you get ready, I thought I’d offer some resources. And since there’s nothing new about this, and because…well…I’m not very good at it, I’ve simply gone and...

Practice Your Pitch

It’s almost December, and you know what that means. Twitter Pitch season. What? That’s not what you were expecting? If you don’t know what I’m talking about, let me give you some links to check out, then come on back. #Pitmad is coming up on December 1st. You can read about it on Brenda Drake’s...

The Most Important Book I’ve Read (Or the Importance of Being a Critique Partner)

I’m going to do something a little off here. I’m going to talk about somebody else’s book, but I’m going to talk about it in terms of how it affected me to work on it. It’s a little crass, I admit, but I’m not doing it to shine a spotlight on myself, to say ‘look...

Where Are You Going?

Have you ever heard the dreaded phrase ‘I didn’t connect with your main character?’ No? Just me? In this short series of posts I’m going to rip into that phrase and look at some reasons *why* people don’t connect to your main character (MC). In my first post on the subject I talked about stakes,...

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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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