Tag: reading

From One Universe To Another… #Writing #Author #Advice

  Hi Jim, I’ve been writing for a very long time, but I need some advice. I’ve mostly worked on children’s books, but recently have started writing adult fiction. I want to use one of my characters from my children’s books in an adult setting, but I’m worried about how my audience will react to it. Some of my readers have grown up with … Read More From One Universe To Another… #Writing #Author #Advice

Rare Reviews… Star Wars Darth Plagueiss #Writing #Author #Advice

… … … You remember how I said that I HATE having to denigrate someone else’s work? Well… All right, I went into this book SUPER ENTHUSIASTIC!!! I didn’t even read the synopsis. I wanted to hear about the tragedy of Darth Plagueiss The Wise. To me, this was something that I’d been curious about for a long time. So I finally sat down … Read More Rare Reviews… Star Wars Darth Plagueiss #Writing #Author #Advice

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Rare Review: Star Wars: LOST STARS #Writing #Author #Advice

Book info: Age Range: 12 – 17 years Grade Level: 7 – 12 Lexile Measure: 880 (What’s this?) Series: Journey to Star Wars: the Force Awakens Hardcover: 560 pages Publisher: Disney Lucasfilm Press (September 4, 2015) Language: English ISBN-10: 1484724984 ISBN-13: 978-1484724989 Author: Claudia Gray Synopsis: Eight years after the fall of the Old Republic, The Galactic Empire now reigns over the known galaxy. … Read More Rare Review: Star Wars: LOST STARS #Writing #Author #Advice

Three Tips to Improve Your Memory and Other Ideas from Jordan Harry — bellus vita

I was watching this TED Talk, “How to Read a Book a Day,” by Jordan Harry, founder of StudyFast. He has courses on StudyFast for improving memory and improving speed reading skills. From there I stumbled on the “Three Simple Tips to Improve Your Memory,” also featuring Jordan Harry. Two of them stuck with me, […] Three Tips to Improve Your Memory and Other Ideas … Read More Three Tips to Improve Your Memory and Other Ideas from Jordan Harry — bellus vita

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Writing’s Most Difficult Aspect #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

“I’m curious, but what have you found one of the most difficult things that comes with writing?” -Steven Capps Hi Steven, There are a lot of hurdles to overcome in writing… a lot. This is just me personally, but the hardest thing for writing is finding the time to write and then pulling myself away from the keyboard when I need to. It is … Read More Writing’s Most Difficult Aspect #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

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Grammar in Dialogue? #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

Hi Jim, I’ve been working on my story for a while and it takes me through a lot of dialogue along the way. I’m trying to write a modern story with slang and lingo that people today understand. However my spellcheck picks it up and gives me the ‘correct’ recommendations. I don’t want my writing to sound unprofessional, but I don’t want my characters … Read More Grammar in Dialogue? #Fantasy #Fiction #Advice

From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice

Yeah, no Heavy Metal playlist is complete without at least 5 songs by Dragonforce. This song is pure adrenaline. It makes you feel good, it’s upbeat, and I love it. When to Listen: Well, it’s on my general playlist and I like to listen to it whenever, but if you’re looking for a specific time to listen to it… burnout. I’m not kidding. Are … Read More From My Writing Playlist #Writing #Author #Advice

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Character Development… At First…

Hi Jim, I was wondering if you could comment on how much of an introduction we should give each of our characters? I’ve gotten a good description down, but how much time should we initially spend focused on the characters personality and traits before really diving into the story. Thanks, Adrienne Hi Adrienne, Good question and the answer is pretty straight forward; AS LITTLE … Read More Character Development… At First…

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Hated Character!

Hi Jim, You speak a lot about characters that you love, can you comment on how you write characters you hate? Thanks, Linden Hi Linden, Base them on someone you don’t like. … Yeah, that’s pretty much all I can say about that. Do you need to write a character that you want to be thoroughly dispised? Take someone you don’t like, someone you … Read More Hated Character!

Ruining Fantasy?

I talk a lot about writing trends and would like to go into something that has been going on for a while now… There has been a push in more recent media circles to make fantasy and fiction more like reality… We’ve all seen this in some way, shape, or form. Be it people who let movies raise their children crying about Disney princesses … Read More Ruining Fantasy?

From One Universe To Another…

  Hi Jim, I’ve been writing for a very long time, but I need some advice. I’ve mostly worked on children’s books, but recently have started writing adult fiction. I want to use one of my characters from my children’s books in an adult setting, but I’m worried about how my audience will react to it. Some of my readers have grown up with … Read More From One Universe To Another…

Does a Bad Guy Have To Be Evil?

I’ve heard this one before and the best answer I can give is… no. The bad guy or villain in a story does not necessarily have to be evil at all. When Chancellor Palpatine said that goodness is a point of view in Revenge of the Sith, despite how self-serving his remark was, he was actually right on many different levels. There are actual … Read More Does a Bad Guy Have To Be Evil?