Backup!

Let me take a moment to remind you that anything you have stored in one place is vulnerable. If you don’t backup your work, sooner or later, you will lose it. There are backup options available for Macs, PCs, Linux, and Smartphones. No excuses. Just do it. You’ll thank me …

Gimme A Chance

A few years back, I woke up with a song in my head. Nothing would do, but I had to get up, sit down at the keyboard, and finish it. When I was done, I sent it to a good friend, with the following explanation. Just for the record, I …

First Lines

I know we’ve all heard at one point or another, that opening lines or paragraphs are crucial to the success of a story. Awhile back, I was chatting with some creative friends and the topic of terrible opening lines came up. Off the top of my head, I invented the …

The Trouble with Names

Sooner or later, most writers run into a problem finding names for their characters. If one is writing a short story, two to four names are usually needed. A novel generally requires many more and, if the writer is creating series, then a hundred or more may be required. George …

The Inner Workings

Introduction Let me preface this by mentioning I’n a bit of a history nerd. When I started to write a short dieselpunk story a few years ago, I knew the overall background for my tale. I also knew I needed a realistic setting. The first step was to create a …