Why are there so many rules of writing?

Why are there so many rules of writing?

If you started today and learned a new writing rule every day for as long as you live, you still wouldn’t have learned them all. When I say rules, I mean the broadest possible sense of the word: industry wisdom, writing tips, good practices, guidelines on storytelling...
Why We Learn More by Reading Books, Not Blogs (On Trust)

Why We Learn More by Reading Books, Not Blogs (On Trust)

Everything I know about writing I learned from either: experience, books on the craft, or industry insiders. Blogs have not made my list. And here I am, on a blog of all places, trying to help other writers. The irony of this gave me a solid pause. After much...
Winner of the August Short Story / First Chapter Contest!

Winner of the August Short Story / First Chapter Contest!

I would like to congratulate Mackenzie Lusby (@MackenzieLusby) for winning the short story / opening chapter contest on Twitter. The first chapter “The End of Days” was exactly what I was looking for. Admittedly, the contest took longer than expected, but I was...
7 Valuable Lessons of Worldcon Dublin

7 Valuable Lessons of Worldcon Dublin

I went to WorldCon Dublin not sure what to expect. Four days later, I knew that making the trip was the best decision of my writing career. Was it really that good? Yes. So I’m writing this piece to share with you the lessons, observations, and takeaways I found most...
Should You Blog?

Should You Blog?

Like many others, I started a blog because I was told I needed an online presence, but it took me four months to finally understood why I should want to blog in the first place. You can save yourself some frustration if you think about your “why” before you blog....