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The Craft of Writing

Beta Readers
How to find beta readers. (February 10, 2013)

The Cost of Writing
The expenses of writing retreats, webinars, and supplies, and links to free writing resources. (February 6, 2013)

I’m Not an Editor
Why writers should understand the basic rules of grammar, spelling, and punctuation. (February 2, 2013)

Explain important plot information naturally. (November 18, 2012)

Psychology and Writing
Why a general understanding of psychology is a wonderful resource for a writer. (June 2, 2012)

Power in Brevity
How to write concisely and effectively, and why it’s important. (March 26, 2012)

Creating a realistic world. (March 11, 2011)

Where to Start
Opening lines and first chapters. (September 25, 2011)

Realistic Character Naming
Choosing appropriate character names. (July 31, 2011)

Proper Dialogue
Writing realistic dialogue. (June 7, 2011)


Insomnia Press Issue #3: As I Lay Dying (Submissions Open)
Submission announcement for Insomnia Press February 2013 issue. Submissions closed as of February 1, 2013, but magazine will continue to accept submissions for future issues. (January 14, 2013)

Insomnia Press Holiday Writing Contest—Deadline Extended
Theme: Krampus the Yule Lord. Submissions closed as of January 1, 2013. (December 24, 2012)

Inspirational Projects (June 9, 2012)
Two opportunities for publishing, featuring the Deep Cuts Anthology Kickstarter (ended as of July 1, 2012, but the book is available) and Insomnia Press online dark fiction literary magazine (ongoing, open for submissions.)

Self Publishing: Be Informed
How to approach self publishing intelligently. (March 4, 2012)

Book Reviews

52 Books in 2013—Update 02
Featuring The Third Floor by C. Dennis Moore, We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson, and Just After Sunset by Stephen King. (January 31, 2013)

52 Books in 2013—Update 01
Featuring All Things Wise and Wonderful by James Herriot, The Mourning House by Ronald Malfi, and The Haunting by Joan Lowery Nixon. (January 12, 2013)

Onset of Autumn
What makes Halloween a magical time. Featuring Halloween Horrors short story anthology (including authors such as Ray Bradbury, Dean Koontz, and Peter Straub.) (September 17, 2012)

Young Adult Fiction
Book recommendations from the young adult section. Featuring: The Children of Green Knowe by L.M. Boston, Heartlight by T.A. Barron, The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare, Sabriel by Garth Nix, and Redwall by Brian Jacques. (May 20, 2012)

Writing Resources

Resource Highlight: Fantasy Author’s Handbook
A useful blog, paired with a great book, for writers of fantasy and science fiction. Author: Phil Athans. (August 12, 2012)

Resource Highlight: D.P. Lyle
Forensics information for writers, applicable to all genres (not just mystery.) (April 18, 2012)

Northwest Bookfest
Authors, publishers, and workshops encountered at Northwest Bookfest 2011. (October 16, 2011)

Interviews and Re-Blogs

Guest Post: Corey M.P., Author of HIGH
An unforgettable novel about a workaholic and a life journey. (January 28, 2013)

Re-Blog: Depression and Writer’s Block
A powerful post re-blogged with permission from Fantasy Author’s Handbook. (March 13, 2012)


This section is primarily posts that focus on writing but are more personal than the articles under “The Craft of Writing.”

Gorgeous Books
Playing with font, format, art, and paper type can add a new dimension to a book. (November 17, 2012)

Lovecraft Syndrome
How reading H.P. Lovecraft affects my writing style. (August 23, 2013)

Own Worst Critic
How we tear ourselves down, and why that’s not a good thing. (July 8, 2012)

Writing and Health
Taking care of yourself is more important than any deadlines looming on the horizon. (June 13, 2012)

Short Stories for Novel Writers
Personal struggles with switching from novel writing to short stories. (April 29, 2012)

A Moment of Reflection
Whether to allow mood to influence your writing. (September 4, 2011)

Critiquing: A Necessary Skill
How giving critiques can benefit your own writing. (August 21, 2011)

Outlining: What Works For Me
My personal method for outlining. (August 6, 2011)

Taking a vacation, even a small one, can be a source of inspiration. (July 24, 2011)

Writing Sanctuary
Finding a comfortable location for writing. (July 18, 2011)

If You’re Not Enjoying It, You’re Doing It Wrong
A project that is boring to write will be boring to read. (July 3, 2011)

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