My Top Three Five Living Authors (Redux)

My Top Three Five Living Authors I’ve made this list before and in that post I stated that this was an ice-breaker a particular professor used to not only have us introduce ourselves but also to subtly jab at any of us English majors who quite possibly dealt to long in old texts and authors … Continue reading My Top Three Five Living Authors (Redux)

Top Three Things I’ve learned about writing 2017

Top Three Things I’ve learned about writing 2017 Patience I think in any vocation this may be the hardest thing to struggle with. You want people to take what you have with the same enthusiasm that you offer them or other projects, but that isn’t what always happens. Whether it be trading stories with a … Continue reading Top Three Things I’ve learned about writing 2017

Top Three Plans for 2017

Top 3 Plans for 2017 There are a few things I’d like to achieve in the next year. True, the list is always growing, but one must narrow things down to get anything done. 1) Finish my ‘Crasher’ book I’ve had this idea in my head for a while and have let it sit and … Continue reading Top Three Plans for 2017

Top Three Self Published Books of 2016

Top Three Self Published Books of 2016 As for self-published books, 2016 has been quite impressive as last year where I got through over 30 books. This year’s tally runs at a shallow 8, though I did a lot of editing and critiquing of works in progress. From this short list, it is hard to … Continue reading Top Three Self Published Books of 2016

Top Three Rules for Descriptions

Top Three Rules for Descriptions When it comes to descriptions, most newbie writers—and even some vets—go way overboard. To some degree, I understand why. When I started, I did the same thing. In part, it was due to all those exquisite books I read and loved. Their words flowed through my head, and getting an … Continue reading Top Three Rules for Descriptions

Top Three Things I’ve learned about writing 2016

Top Three Things I’ve learned about writing 2016   1) Little Adventures This may sound strange, ‘little adventures’—what does that mean? Well, only when I sat down and started to think of it, that is of the many books I loved, it was always the little events in each chapter, each book that remained so … Continue reading Top Three Things I’ve learned about writing 2016

My Top Three Pet Peeves in the Dialogue of Self-published Work

My Top Three Pet Peeves in the Dialogue of Self-published Work Having read many self-published books recently, I’ve encountered three jarring habits among these authors that rip me right from my enjoyment of reading. To be honest, I have been guilty of them all as well at some point in my writing, and I hope … Continue reading My Top Three Pet Peeves in the Dialogue of Self-published Work

Top Three Self Published Books of 2015

Top Three Self Published Books (I’ve read in 2015) Out of the thirty books I reviewed last year, here were the best. I wanted to give them a little nod before I move onto this year's list. Here goes. 1) Solitaire Prince by Tyan Wyss   This book came to me through a reading group … Continue reading Top Three Self Published Books of 2015

Top Three Words of Advice to New Self-publishing Authors

Top Three Words of Advice to New Self-publishing Authors   It’s been a year now since I started self-publishing. I’ve learned a lot, and the first thing I’d tell myself a year ago is “Don’t do it.” But I’d do it anyways. Why? You learn a lot. Self-publishing is hard. Any blogger with their book … Continue reading Top Three Words of Advice to New Self-publishing Authors

Top Three Ways to Strengthen a Scene

Top Three Ways to Strengthen a Scene One of the self-published books I’m reading now reminded me of these little tricks that took me an ungodly time to figure out and use in a more efficient manner. Many times, after you’ve written a particular scene, some inflexible part of our brain only wants to fix … Continue reading Top Three Ways to Strengthen a Scene