Category: Opinion

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Bringing out Humanity in Non-Human Characters #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’m currently writing a sci-fi fantasy novel. Right now, I’m in the process of coming up with characters and want to add a non-humanoid to the cast. Admittedly, I’m having trouble making him relatable. I really love this character and want people to enjoy him. This isn’t going to come out right, but how do I make him more human… without making him … Read More Bringing out Humanity in Non-Human Characters #Writing #Author #Advice

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Telling a Story vs. Glorification #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I have a rather unique issue. I’m trying to write a story dealing with my grandfather. Let me give you some background. My parents immigrated here from Germany, I’m a 1st Generation American. My grandfather was part of the North African Campaign during World War 2. He was a member of the Afrika Korps. My story is partially fiction given that I … Read More Telling a Story vs. Glorification #Writing #Author #Advice

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Writing Advice: Granting Someone Else ‘Godhood’ #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’ve been writing for years and have a book series out that I’m completely finished with. I’ve moved onto other stories, but one of my friends and a fellow writer wants to write a sequel to the series. He has a really great idea for a story set in the world I created, with both my characters and some new ones. While … Read More Writing Advice: Granting Someone Else ‘Godhood’ #Writing #Author #Advice

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To Focus or Let Inspiration Roam Free #Writing #Author #Advice

How do you focus on one project at a time? My problem is I’ll be really into writing for one novel and I’m in it but then I lose my inspiration for it and I get inspired to do something different and I get into that but then I get inspired to do something else and it continues on where it feels really difficult … Read More To Focus or Let Inspiration Roam Free #Writing #Author #Advice

Happy New Years!!! #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi all!! I just wanted to stop by quickly to wish everyone here a very happy New Year’s! From my family to all of you and yours, I sincerely hope and wish that you all find fulfillment and success in the coming year! 2021 has been no less trying than 2020, so let us take some time to reflect upon those who cannot be … Read More Happy New Years!!! #Writing #Author #Advice

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Fantasy Elements in Fictional Writing??? #Writing #Author #Advice

Dear Jim, Hi there, so I was hoping you could give me some advice. My book has done pretty well after being published. However, some of my audience wasn’t happy with the sequel. I actually killed off a main character that everyone liked and now I’m trying to find a way to bring them back. I kind of regret killing them because it really … Read More Fantasy Elements in Fictional Writing??? #Writing #Author #Advice

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The Phoenix Effect: After Being Burned by Bad Reviews #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’m really upset about the feedback one of my book has been getting. For the most part, the reviews have been constructive, but they’ve mostly been negative. The book in question is a sequel to one that got a lot of positive reviews. The story had a great following, but now I’m afraid the sequel may have ruined it. I was really … Read More The Phoenix Effect: After Being Burned by Bad Reviews #Writing #Author #Advice

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Social Commentary/Political Agenda in Writing, The Good and Bad. #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’ve been reading through some of your posts regarding avoiding politics, and escapism in entertainment. You seem to be extremely anti-politics in your advice. You use Marvel Comics and others as your primary example, but you do realize that they have always been political, right? Most of the mediums and genres you’ve addressed have historically been political. So I’m not really sure … Read More Social Commentary/Political Agenda in Writing, The Good and Bad. #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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Character Creation, The How To #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’ve been working on my story for a while, but am having trouble coming up with new characters. I was wondering if you had any advice about how you create yours? By the way, I am a huge fan of Vlad from Soul Siphon. I love how you made him a salty old Soviet Commie! Thanks, Ty Hi Ty,   Glad you … Read More Character Creation, The How To #Writing #Author #Advice

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Endings: Memorable is More Important Than Happy or Sad. #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’m getting ready to publish my first novel. I’ve finished the rough draft and have given it to an editor. They came back with a critique and it honestly got me thinking. He said that my ending may shut readers off because of how sad it is. I will admit that my story doesn’t end on a high note, but now I’m … Read More Endings: Memorable is More Important Than Happy or Sad. #Writing #Author #Advice

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Is Spellcheck Enough? #Writing #Author #Advice

Hi Jim, I’m sure you’ve answered this before, but I can’t find it in any of your recent posts. I finished my book and just finished running spell check. Everything looks good and the only things it says I still have to fix are grammar errors that are part of the dialogue. Is that sufficient for submitting it to publishers? Thanks, Michel Hi Michel, … Read More Is Spellcheck Enough? #Writing #Author #Advice