Story Stuff: K Is For Killing Your Darlings

Welcome to whatever day we’re on in our A-Z series. Today we’re gonna get violent. Sort of. There’s a famous quote flying around in writing communities. Many writers think it was courtesy of Stephen King, probably because he was quoting Faulkner when he said it and more people know King. Behold. The quote is more…

Story Stuff: J Is For Just (And Other Crutch Words)

For today’s post in the A-Z series, we’re taking a step back from the guts of story and looking at something that gets in the way: crutch words. I’m listing them under J for Just because “just” is one of my crutch words, AKA those words we authors get too comfortable with and overuse. They…

Writing A Book? Avoid These Two Pitfalls

Last weekend, I published this post about why we stop reading books. Many of you submitted insightful comments, and as I read through them I realized something: many of our “reading pet peeves” can be boiled down to the author doing one of two things. Not bad, huh? Just avoid doing two things and you’re…

What Makes YOU Stop Reading A Book?

I’ve read a lot of books. A LOT of books. When I was a kid, I’d get sets of books and be thrilled at the promise of spending countless hours sitting upside-down in my mom’s recliner with an open book. Reading and appreciation of a good story is part of who I am. But in recent…

Three Important Steps To The Writing Process

I visited a rather unique place last weekend. It’s a temporary exhibit at the Denver Art Museum, and seeing as my family 1. Loves Star Wars, and 2. Mostly hadn’t been to the art museum (I’m the only one who had), it was a good opportunity to gain some artistic insight. Isn’t this post about the…

What Feedback Should You Apply To Your Story?

I started following this hilarious account on Twitter called Guy In Your MFA. He represents that potentially fictional, douchey guy who is obviously brilliant in his writing, wants to tell you how yours is all wrong, and will not accept that his work needs any changes whatsoever. Of course he’s a parody, but parodies are…