Good morning, friends! Here on the West Coast, it's just after 2:30 in the morning. The June edition of #PitMad starts in a couple of hours, and naturally, I can't sleep. Why? Well, as I mentioned in the title, insomnia's a dick. So...I'll be up until around 9pm tonight, after which I fully intend to … Continue reading Music of #TSC (Because Insomnia’s A Dick)
It's been a wild week! Last Thursday was Pitch Madness on Twitter, or as the hashtag goes, "#PitMad." For those of you who aren't hip and don't care to click the handy link I provided, here are the basics. You get 280 characters to pitch your story to agents and publishers. If they like your … Continue reading #amquerying: #PitMad After Action Report From the Trenches
If you've visited my site before, you may notice there have been some fairly radical and abrupt changes. And I think you deserve an explanation. With the publication of "Scarlet's Game" in October, I found myself grappling with the most frightening question any writer can face. "Now what?" I've never really had A Plan as … Continue reading A Plan, and A Pivot
It's Friday, and that means I have another first chapter for you! This time, I'm pleased to present a book which was notable both for its inception and for the process it went through from first publication to finally being realized as a single, standalone volume, as it was intended. Dusk started life at the … Continue reading First Chapter Friday: Dusk
In the past week, I've noticed a number of very interesting and important debates brewing in Romancelandia. Questions about: HEA/HFN and whether they're REALLY, yanno, a requirement for romance. Spoiler: YES! This is literally day 0.0001 knowledge for writing a proper romance. Everything else is pretty much up for grabs, but happily-ever-after or AT LEAST … Continue reading In Defense of “Cum”
I'd like you, gentle reader, to take a moment and imagine something really horrific. Imagine a world where words are the only accepted form of currency. Your ability to secure food, shelter, meet people, fall in love, raise a family, share the joys and heartaches of being connected to humanity are quite literally bought and … Continue reading A World Without Words: An Open Letter to The New York Daily News
You would think by now I'd pretty well figure I've got my shit together, at least in some dimensions. Let's look at my resume for a moment. I have two women I love very much, and who love me back. I've successfully published two articles on KinkAcademy.com, which is not exactly a bottom-tier source of … Continue reading Impostor Syndrome
Usually I, and most people who write about the act of writing instead of, um, yanno, WRITING, offer helpful tips and suggestions on how to write. I refuse to say, "tell you how to write," because if someone is telling YOU how to tell YOUR story, that person is probably an adjunct college English professor … Continue reading #TradecraftTuesday: BACK UP YO SHIT!
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The ONE unforgivable sin of writing is to be predictable! You can screw up 9,732 ways and your readers will probably forgive you, but predictable is boring and boring is NOT something readers overlook willingly.