FAQ: How Do You Write Your Books?

How Do You Write Your Books? I usually start by brainstorming ideas in a notebook. This is to give me an idea whether there’s enough material for a whole book, and how big the book might be. Those ideas then get turned into an outline in Scrivener. I love Scrivener because I can break a…

Five Fast Fables: Volume 1 Now Available on Amazon

Universal Story Ideas from the Aesopica! Get your copy now for Amazon Kindle! Widely believed to have been an Ethiopian slave, the stories attributed to Aesop still resonate today. The appeal of Aesop’s fables lies with the archetypal nature of his characters, and the universality of the lessons they teach us. His best-known translator, Reverend…

Writing Tips: Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Hemingway maintained that it was bad luck for a writer to talk about writing. Some of his advice did get passed on, though, in letters and conversations and interviews, and even though a few articles he wrote on the subject. Larry W. Phillips managed to track a lot of Hemingway’s thoughts on writing down…

Writing Tips: Stephen King

Stephen King’s book On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft is required reading for any writer these days, whether you’re a fan of King’s work or not. It’s candid and heartfelt, and the advice he dispenses has worked for him. Below are some quotes from the book, along with some notes on how his ideas…

Why I Write Reason 18: It Gives Me Confidence

“Bad writers tend to have self-confidence, while the good ones tend to have self-doubt.” Charles Bukowski There’s not other way to explain this other than to come out and say it: I don’t write because it gives me confidence about writing. I write because it gives me confidence about myself, my abilities, and the control…