Well readers, I made a mistake. Not a massive one, but a mistake nonetheless. Kind of a relieving one, too, since I’d been waiting for this shoe to drop for a while now (I had to screw up with one of these posts eventually). But I did screw up. Monday’s Being a Better Writer post? The … Continue reading BaBW: Sympathetic Villains Follow-Up
URGENT: READ THIS FOLLOW-UP IF YOU READ THIS POST! It clarifies a few important things. … are a mistaken understanding. Okay, that’s a strong statement as a lead-in for today’s post, but it has merit! Welcome back to Being a Better Writer, the weekly writing guide post where we discuss, well, writing topics of all kind. … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Sympathetic Villains
This post was originally written and posted December 8th, 2014, and has been touched up and reposted here for archival purposes. Villains. Let’s be honest with one another. We love villains. Even when we despise them. Darth Vader’s labored breathing is iconic. Dolores Umbrage’s fascination with kittens an understood attempt at sinister camouflage. The Joker’s fashion … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Developing Villains
This post was originally written and posted June 9th, 2014, and has been touched up and reposted here for archival purposes. Advance Warning: today’s post is going to involve copious amounts of spoilers from everything from games to movies to books. Most of them will be fairly obvious and over a year in age, but … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: I, Villain
Hey readers! Max here with, well, just a sort of general catch-all update post to yap about stuff with. Tomorrow I might have one of those interesting topical ones, like last week’s set of posts on MacMillan’s burning of their own market, but for today I just don’t have the time because I picked up … Continue reading Never Stop Working (Even in a Drought)
Or, How Captain Marvel‘s Writing Team Showed They Really Don’t Know Their Craft. There wasn’t supposed to be a post today. In fact, I am slamming this out in-between a work shift, a very important errand, work on book projects (my email box is FULL of comments, fixes, and changes from the awesome Alpha and Beta Readers … Continue reading The Captain Marvel Kerfluffle
Emergency update: Got my right arm smashed at work Saturday night. Seven stitches. All is recovering well, but can’t type well and am restricted from hand use until at least Wednesday. Further updates will come when I can give them. Welcome back readers! Today’s post was written in advance since I’ve got a shift … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: The Mysterious Character
That’s right folks. Life, The Universe, and Everything, the best writing convention there is for Sci-Fi and Fantasy is almost upon us! In two days the doors will be open, the con will start, and the knowledge and geekery will reach critical levels of awesome. Of course I’ll be there. And I hope you will be as well, because LTUE is hands-down … Continue reading The LTUE Schedule!
Wow. Where did this month go? It seems like just yesterday it was the end of October, and now … Yikes. It feels like things just sped by. One item of news to note: It is Cyber Monday! And yes, my books are still on sale from Black Friday (and will be through Thursday). If you’ve … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: What is “Adult” Fiction?
Hello readers! How was your weekend? Get any good reading in? I did. Working my way through Jack Campbell’s second Lost Fleet series, which has been good fun. Spoilers, but he has an interesting approach to alien life. Anyway, there’s not much in the way of news (outside of the Beta Call for A Game of Stakes … Continue reading Being a Better Writer: Self-Deceiving Characters