The 7 Stages Of Novel Revision

We writers have different ways to do things, but when it gets dark and dirty, we share the same insanity and go through the same highs and lows and inevitable meltdowns. It's heartening to see we're not alone. But also, what the fuck, people? Hasn't anyone figured out a fool-proof, three step way to go from sketch board to bestseller? I bet More...

Freelance science-fiction editor wanted


I’m currently neck-deep in my 6th (!!) revision of THE DEEP LINK, and I’ll be done in about two weeks. I’ve trimmed down the MS from 150K to 125K, and will likely take it to <120K. I’ve edited it as good as I can, taking into consideration the awesome feedback of no less than 14 beta readers. (Thank you!) As you know, there’s only […]


Writing Advice Books – I Read Them All (I’d wish..)

Elements of Fiction Writing - Scene & Structure

Hey everyone! Long time, no post, eh? Well, you know how it goes, the holidays happened, monkey family business, life, procrastination — the lot. But I’m back, and to flex my blogging fingers, here’s a list of all writing advice books I’ve read so far. I sprinkled them with my own opinion, but regardless of that, all of these […]


Character Driven or Plot Driven?

plot or character

This is one of the most (ab)used distinction criterias between stories: Is it character driven, or is it plot driven? What if it’s both? What if it’s neither? Just listen to what Steven James has to say in “Story Trumps Structure”: “All stories are tension-driven. They may be character-centered (revolving around personal growth), plot-centered (relating […]


7 things you don’t (want to) know

This is one of those “blogging awards” things that I don’t really do, but Thomas Weaver who nominated me is a great guy. So here I go, abiding by the “One Lovely Blog Award” rules and posting 7 things about myself which I haven’t shared before. 1. I wake up at 5 every day to do at least […]