How to Outline As You Go

Outlining as you go is a writing strategy introduced to me by Dean Westly Smith in the book Writing into the Dark as a way to keep track of vital pieces of your story to use as reference. This approach is different from outlining a novel before you start writing. The basic principle of outlining…
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Why Film Adaptations of Books Usually Suck

It’s no secret that most books turned into movies suck. To be frank and honest, they more often than not are storytelling abominations that seem a mockery of the original material. Sure, there is a considerable range from the pleasantly mediocre to the downright terrible. What seems the most interesting about this phenomenon is how…
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Arrange Your Day: How to Find the Time To Write

Any number of self help books will tell you that planning out your day, introducing discipline to your life, and getting on a schedule will ultimately help you with time management. Perhaps the single best way this concept has been introduced to me was this: Plan the day you want to have. By creating the…
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Extreme Ownership Book Review

Extreme Ownership provides unique insights into the principles used by Navy Seals in battle and shows how they can be used in business with real world examples.

5 Essential Aspect Ratios Every Film Enthusiast Should Know

Aspect ratio is the term used to describe the ratio of width to height of an image. Learn about the different aspect ratios used for different types of media.

The Legacy Game Emulator

An Introduction to why I am starting the Legacy Emulator Project: Video games have a legacy that is worth preserving. As hardware becomes obsolete, the gaming systems, physical game media, and more become impossible to get without spending a small fortune. If you are anything like me, there are games you loved as a kid…
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Jim Butcher on Writing

New York Times Bestselling Author, Jim Butcher’s Advice on writing. A collection of notes from various lectures and essays given by Jim.

Child of Fire: A Writing Journey From Word One to Holding the Book for the First Time

I just wanted to write down my experience publishing Child of Fire. To be honest, it didn’t feel real until I held a copy of the book in my hands. Ever since I was six years old, I wanted to write and publish a book. That dream has become such a large part of who…
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How to Describe a Voice

Ultimately, the right description of a voice can set a scene and make it easier for your reader to imagine voices in their heads. Just a few little changes to the way you describe voices and introduce statements makes a big difference.

Good Character Development Questions

If there is anything that can make or break a story, its characters. Poorly written, uninteresting, unrealistic, or inconsistent characters can turn readers off from your story within a few short pages.