As a new-ish author, I’m always looking for ways to improve and up my game when it comes to writing craft, story telling, or knowledge of the publishing industry. Yet there are only so many hours in the day, and as a scientist/author/father/bowhunter, most of those are already spoken for. The only reliable downtime that […]
Articles on Writing Craft
Welcome, author! Here you'll find articles on the craft of writing, including plotting, character development, world building, and establishing voice.
WRiTE CLUB, a community-driven writing contest hosted by D.L. Hammons, begins its six-week run on March 7th, 2016. Anyone can enter this competition, which matches up 500-word writing samples in head-to-head bouts until only one writer remains standing. The two best parts? Entrants write under a pen name, and the winners of each round are chosen by community […]
There are certain technical skills that virtually all authors need to write a book and have it published. necessary for authors who want to publish a book. Competence in Microsoft Word, for example, is a minimum requirement. Today, I’d like to discuss the benefits of another professional writing tool, and make the case that any […]
When I started out as a writer, the journey to becoming a published author seemed impossibly long. I didn’t have an agent. I hadn’t written a book, nor did I understand the complex process by which they’re published. That was eight years ago, give or take. Eight years, to reach the lofty status of traditionally published author. […]
Last week, I hosted a fun and engaging discussion about writing and publishing SF/F with about a dozen Harper Voyager authors under the hashtag #SFFchat. It was an absolute blast, and my fellow authors a lot to offer. Some of the best remarks came when we were asked to share one piece of advice for aspiring SF/F authors. The responses […]