About the Site:
Unusual Things is the website of science-fiction and fantasy author Max Florschutz, home to information about his published works, an archive of his weekly writing series Being a Better Writer, and current-updates on the progress of his upcoming books, among other things. You can follow him on Facebook, twitter by following @VikingZX, and well as find his works on Goodreads and Amazon.com.
About the Author:
Max Florschutz was born and raised in the wilds of southeast Alaska, on a little island that boasted both a large, lumber-based economy and one of the highest rainfalls to ever not be desired by humanity. In 2004 he began attending college at Brigham Young University Provo, taking a two-year break to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Upon his return, he continued to attend BYU Provo and began to delve heavily into English courses (among other things), including an almost unhealthy dose of creative writing classes. After transferring out to BYU Hawaii (it’s a long story) Max finished his degree, graduating in 2011 with more credits than most students would know what to do with.
Max published his first book in 2013, an Urban Fantasy Mystery novella titled One Drink. It was followed a year later by Dead Silver, a longer and even more successful sequel. Since then, Max has continued to write and expand his lexicon to the reading world at large, delivering thrill after thrill to his readers.
About Being a Better Writer:
Being a Better Writer is a writing help blog that initially started out on a fanfiction website in response to questions that readers would send. Stuff like “How can I write fights?” or “How do I develop living characters?”
I started writing out responses and posting them publicly, first short ones, and then as the blog became more and more popular on the site, longer, more developed entries explaining different nuances or touching on more difficult concepts. Over time, Being a Better Writer began to see almost as much attention as my published works, with readers writing in to inquire after published hard-copies of the collected posts or with additional questions that I could answer.
At its core, it’s a fairly straightforward series. If you’ve ever heard of Writing Excuses, it’s pretty much the same thing, except rather than three amusing geniuses of discussing writing in silky-smooth podcast form, you just have me writing. Which admittedly undersells what I do, but Being a Better Writer has remained an enjoyable pursuit as well as a great help to many as I do my best to distill almost a decade’s worth of writing education and dedicated, hands-on experience into something that new and old authors alike can read, enjoy, and learn from.
All Being a Better Writer posts are tagged with such, and can be easily pulled up by selecting the category named—what else?—Being a Better Writer from the drop menu on the right-hand side of the main page. You can also check out the handy search bar for specific topics.
About the Site Title:
In the universe of One Drink and Dead Silver, an Unusual is the title given to any individual who possesses or otherwise makes use of an ability that would colloquially or historically be referred to as “magic.” As a whole, any story I’ve written for that universe (even all the unreleased ones) I have affectionately nicknamed “An Unusual Story” for my own purposes. So of course, naturally I needed to pay homage to this when I kicked off my official site. A little bit more playing about gave me “Unusual Things,” and I really liked the implicit message behind it.
Really? Well okay, if you insist …
It’s been several years, and I’m still not sorry for this gag. I think it’s hilarious.
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Your mother sent me the link to your web site. We met through our Icelandic horse connection of course. I very much enjoyed reading your postings. As your wrote about character development, I so identified with his comment ““But wait … As the author, aren’t you the one who decides and writes everything anyway? You make it sound like these characters are real!” ”
I read the last section of my non-fiction book in development “Rough Riding in the White House: The Advenrtures of the Pony Algonquin and the Roosevelt Children” at a salon last week. I teared up about a pony that died almost 100 years ago. Our characters have to be real for us to write about them.
If you have an interest, we seem to be blogging about similar topics. Here’s a link to my web site.
Hi Max! Looking to be in touch for an article, thank you!
Hi Max, found this post ( https://maxonwriting.com/2017/04/18/being-a-better-writer-the-heavy-hand-of-the-writer/ ) and it just helped out big time with a part in my book that I was being heavy handed regarding violence in my hometown of Kansas City.
I just read Colony and Jungle. This series should be a best seller! I’m surprised that more people have not read this great series …
Glad you’re enjoying the series! That last book is a ride, so be ready!