Tag: Advice

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 3, Chapter 2

II   Another day passed as the ship sailed for Mont Saint Michel. The morning watch reported seeing smoke on the horizon as the sun rose the next morning. One of the men shook Baltazar out of his bunk to wake him. Baltazar rubbed his eyes as he looked up, “What is it man?” “Sorry […]

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Destiny: Divinity’s Finale, Book 3, Chapter 1

Book 3 As the Tides Change I Deep beneath the ground, in the fiery land of hell, an imp creature approached the entrance to the darkest cave in the Underworld. This cave was the only way to reach Lucifer’s castle by those not capable of flight. Even so, most creatures avoided it. The imp stopped […]

From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice

  This beautiful power ballad brings a tear to my eye every time. It has everything an 80s hair metal band would have and more. Definitely one of the band’s stronger songs. When to Listen: Eh… I mean there are two places I suppose you could. One could make the argument that this could be a […]

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Alternate Universe?

Hi Jim, I hope you don’t mind, but I saw your posts about asking a question and thought I’d shoot you an email. I saw from your other posts that you think using an alternate universe is poor story telling. I wanted to write a sequel to one of my books, but essentially it would be going back and exploring what would have happened … Read More Alternate Universe?

Schadenfreude is NOT Scary! #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

I’ve been a huge horror movie fan for a while, but there is one thing that always irked me about a certain ongoing trend in them. I was going to ignore it until I noticed that it was happening in suspense/thriller novels as well. Here’s the deal, everyone has seen these movies. The story starts off with a group of people. These people are … Read More Schadenfreude is NOT Scary! #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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Just Start Over… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

Hi Jim, I’m in a major bind… I was working on my latest piece. I’d been working on it for days and… forgot to save it. I was about 140 pages in and suddenly my computer blue-screened. I’ve lost everything and Word didn’t auto-save it. I’m not sure of what to do now. I feel like having to start from scratch is a fairly … Read More Just Start Over… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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Internet Trolls… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

Hi Jim, I’ve been writing for a while, mostly posting my stories on here, but also on Amazon Kindle. Unfortunately as of late, I’ve been getting a lot of rude comments and bad reviews left of my material that I’m pretty certain come from people who didn’t actually read my stories. I think a lot of it comes from the fact that I also … Read More Internet Trolls… #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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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

From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #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

From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice

Admittedly, this is a more recent add, but it’s gotten me off my butt to write when I felt lazy. When to Listen: Like I said above, this is a motivator. It’s full of energy and just a really awesome song to get your adrenaline pumping! Readers, Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment … Read More From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice

From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice

Really Jim? These guys again? YES THESE GUYS AGAIN! When to Listen: I’ve really been adding this band’s songs to my list as they come out. Each one has its own feel to it. I’d say that this is a final fight song if anything. Readers, Do you have a question about writing, publishing, my stories, etc? Please feel free to post a comment or … Read More From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice