Category: literature

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Bad Reviews… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

Hi James, We connected on Twitter and I got your email address from your website. You had made a comment on Twitter to feel free to email for advice. I’m new to self-publishing and released my first book in January.  I had worked on the manuscript off and on for a couple of years before getting serious about publishing.  I did the best I … Read More Bad Reviews… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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Character Descriptions #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

Hey Jim, I was just wondering how you come up with your character descriptions? I’m trying to accurately describe my character, but sometimes it can be hard to figure out exactly how I want them to look, you know? Thanks, Gerraid   Hi Gerraid, All too well, I’m afraid. It can be tough figuring out what your character looks like. If you create the … Read More Character Descriptions #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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The Great Writing Morph #Writing #Author #Advice

I’ve been trying to figure out how I was going to write this post for a while. I get the question all the time; what’s the best piece of advice you’d give to an aspiring writer? Well, one piece, you all know. It’s my mathematical equation proving that you are in fact only up against one person when you’re trying to get your book … Read More The Great Writing Morph #Writing #Author #Advice

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Drakin Goodreads Giveaway!!! #writing #fantasy #SciFi #literature #Fiction

Hi all, In an effort to gain my new book some more exposure prior to it’s release, I have arranged for a free giveaway for a few copies of it’s prequel! Don’t miss out! Enter at GoodReads.com for your chance to win a free kindle copy of Drakin: The Orphans of Haven. Entries must be before May 27th! Drakin: The Orphans of Haven Book … Read More Drakin Goodreads Giveaway!!! #writing #fantasy #SciFi #literature #Fiction

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 2, Chapter 2

II   As Baltazar predicted, within two hours, the storm hit. Waves crashed over the deck and rain poured down on the crew. Though the ship was secured to prevent it from taking on water, they were still struggling to tie down the cannons on deck. The men had gotten the sails up and the […]

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One word: Editing. #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I have a manuscript I want to send out to see if I can get it published, but I’m worried that they’ll take one look at it, find a couple of grammatical/spelling errors and dump it in the garbage. I was wondering what measures you’ve taken and what you’ve done before you hand you’re book off to be published? Thanks,Mike Hi Mike, … Read More One word: Editing. #Writing #Author #Advice

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The Ins and Outs of Publishing, A Directory of Advice. #Writing #Author #Advice

Okay, so it looks like I’m still getting a lot of publishing questions. These are recurrent questions I get on a regular basis, and while I want to try to respond to everyone who reaches out to me, I don’t want my blog becoming redundant. So I think I’m going to repost this on a weekly basis from now on to help people navigate … Read More The Ins and Outs of Publishing, A Directory of Advice. #Writing #Author #Advice

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Are Narrative Stories Out of Date #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

So a few days ago I was reading a the original ‘Little Mermaid’ by Hans Christian Anderson. I was curious about the story after my boys took a liking to the Disney version. I won’t spoil anything for anyone, but I highly recommend reading the original. It is superior in every way to the lax character development of the Disney version. Anyway, more on … Read More Are Narrative Stories Out of Date #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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Embracing the Dark Side… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

“Dear Jim, I’ve been writing a novel for some time now, but it’s been a struggle. I’ve come on hard times recently with a friend. I’ve felt betrayed and hurt. The problem is that I’m afraid to write while I feel that way. I’m worried that it will affect my writing and change how the story goes. Do you think I should keep going … Read More Embracing the Dark Side… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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The Villain #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

What is it about the villain that’s so great? Why do we like villains so much… to the point where we want to see the villain more than the hero? Well originally, villains were just supposed to be a plot device. A simple element that was used to create a plot. There was no rhyme or reason to it. The villain was just a … Read More The Villain #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 2, Chapter 1

Book 2 The Pirate Heroes I The next two days were spent refitting the Specter for its next journey. Melisande worked hard to make sure that she won the acceptance of the crew. She served the meals promptlyand then helped clean below decks. She made sure to help out anywhere that she could, but made […]

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The Ins and Outs of Publishing, A Directory of Advice. #Writing #Author #Advice

Okay, so it looks like I’m still getting a lot of publishing questions. These are recurrent questions I get on a regular basis, and while I want to try to respond to everyone who reaches out to me, I don’t want my blog becoming redundant. So I think I’m going to repost this on a weekly basis from now on to help people navigate … Read More The Ins and Outs of Publishing, A Directory of Advice. #Writing #Author #Advice