How To Dialogue

“So, what is that? That massive white mass?”

“What? That? Oh, that’s the pile of salt I bought to illustrate a point.”

“Really, Brandon?”

“Yep—made sense at the time.” Continue reading

Seriously, Let It Go

I’ve talked about how if you want to write fast, you must remove your need to self-correct. How you must not be an editor and a writer at the same time. How self-editing is the enemy of work speed.

I’ve said this many, many times, both online and in person. Continue reading

How To Start Being A Writer: A Guide For Absolute Beginners

So, I hear you want to be a Word-Slinger? That you want to dance with a little lady named fiction? Well, for all of you who still call themselves “aspiring writers,” here are a few steps for the absolute beginning of your journey.

Because while there may be plenty of places offering tips on publishing, or writing your first novel, I thought I would share with you some advice on how to begin this crazy writer life.

  1. Stop Calling Yourself An “Aspiring Writer.”

If you write, you’re a writer. Endpoint, done. You can, however, be an aspiring author. Hell, I’m a professional, and even I have to call myself that. But the point is, if you’re really serious about this whole writing thing, then call yourself a writer. Own that title.

  1. Set Aside Time

And now comes the first hard part. At any age, and even if writing is your occupation, you will still need to find time to work on writing. And I’m sorry to say that for beginners, it’s going to be the time you usually play video games, or watch television. This is a sacrifice you’re going to have to make. Continue reading

The Art Of The Flash Fiction, And Other Things I Probably Don’t Have Enough Authority To Talk About

I should make one thing abundantly clear, I’m not an authority on this.

I do not have any awards or certificates that prove I’m qualified to talk about this. I am not one of the masters. I am not one of the greats.

All I am is a blogger with a voice and an opinion who, on occasion, likes to talk about the craft of writing.

Of course, me saying all of this is just lampshading; so that if you disagree with me, I can claim immunity.

Anyhow, people who have been with me for a while know that I have a fondness for flash fiction. I write at least three a month, and they are often my most viewed posts. Continue reading