When it comes to crafting your next book, where will you turn to find great writing advice? Here’s a lesson in learning lessons from the pros. Continue reading Writing advice from the pros: Should you listen? Soak in all advice, but use only what works best for you.
In today’s writing world, is it more beneficial to create an original, singular voice, or follow the popular, mainstream strategies? Continue reading Originality in writing: What’s the big deal?
As a native of the great state of Michigan, and as an avid reader and writer, here’s a look at my countdown of the best authors from my home state. Continue reading The 10 best authors from Michigan Some serious literary talent came from the Great Lakes State.
Good journalism still matters. It’s always mattered. But it seems to be fading in today’s media culture. Here’s why, and what we can do about it. Continue reading Why good journalism is fading It could be because of TV personalities, or maybe attention spans.
Do you remember the good old days when writing was a craft in itself? There were no rules. But that was before the world went digital. Continue reading How writing has changed in the digital world We went from journaling to blogging in a hurry.
For readers, there’s a resilience about grit lit, a natural vigor that makes no excuses. But what is it about this grit that is so appealing to writers? Continue reading Why the “grit lit” subgenre is more than just a rhyme Does it lead to overall success in life?
Take this as a friendly reminder: National Novel Writing Month will soon be upon us once more. Will you be prepared when it arrives? Continue reading Now is the time to prepare for National Novel Writing Month When November rolls around, will you be prepared?
You have a story. It’s been rolling around in your mind for months, maybe years. But there is only one way to put it on paper. Continue reading The only way to put words on paper That story in your head isn’t going to write itself.
All writers face adversity at some point in the process. What’s difficult, though, is when it’s created by you. What’s your writing kryptonite? Continue reading What is your writing kryptonite? To a certain extent, all writers have to battle adversity.
Some of the best authors, such as J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and Mark Twain, have used pseudonyms. But why? This calls for a pros and cons list. Continue reading What are the advantages (and disadvantages) of using a pen name? Some of the best authors have used pseudonyms, but why?
We live busy lives, and they only seem to be getting busier. So on top of everything else, where in the world can we also find time to do that thing we love? Continue reading 3 simple tips for writing around a busy schedule Finding time is tough. Utilizing it efficiently is tougher.
Writing a novel is a very personal process and one that, for the bravest aspiring novelists among us, becomes very public when the decision is made to publish. It cannot be rushed. But there has to be a middleground between cranking it out too quickly and sitting on it for years without doing anything, right? Continue reading How long should it take to write a novel? Sometimes it feels like an eternity.
As a writer, you should focus on reading books. But sometimes you just need to watch a good movie. Here are the five best recent films for writers. Continue reading 5 recent movies all writers should watch Take a break from the books and grab some popcorn.
First comes the great idea. Then comes the writing. Then, out of nowhere, comes a new idea. How many manuscripts have you abandoned? Continue reading How many unfinished manuscripts do you have? If it’s a ton, you’re not alone.
You could ask any writer. I’m sure they could tell you how they begin their writing process. Maybe inspiration strikes like lightning — the entire story, right there in their mind, neatly wrapped with a bow. Maybe they have a nugget of an idea and begin to expand from there. Maybe they have a notion of an interesting main character and build the plot around … Continue reading Where I find my inspiration to write There’s just something about the northern woods and lakes.
My advice for aspiring writers is not complex, and it’s also not a fix-all solution to any writing issues you may be facing. But it’s straightforward and it’s incredibly useful. Continue reading Simple advice for aspiring writers One thing separates successful writers from the rest.
Is it too long? Too short? Just right? Who’s to say? Let’s diagnose just how important word count really is when writing a story. Continue reading The significance of word count Should writers worry about it?
This past Tuesday I released my third book, a collection of short stories called In a Northern Town. It seems my writing is getting shorter and shorter. Maybe it has gone with the attention spans of our youth. First came the novel. Then came a novella, which I followed up with a second novella. Being connected, I then published them together in one book. And then … Continue reading The craft of the short story It’s not quite as easy as it seems.