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Goal Setting in Writing

A topic that I see come up a lot but that maybe doesn’t get enough attention is setting goals. After all, we talk about it all the time, right? Life goals. That’s the goal. But when asked to define what our goals are, it gets a little murkier. There are of course the standard goals. I’m...

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...

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...

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 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,...

Representation in Writing

I want to talk about representation. I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking Mike, you’re a white, cis/het, male. Writing about representation is probably a really bad idea. I hear you. Bear with me just a minute. The idea for this post came from a series of tweets by Justina Ireland where she talked about...

What are the Stakes?

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. One of the biggest reasons is that you might lack goals, obstacles,...

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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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