Somewhere Between Realistic and Noteworthy

I edit many books throughout a given month. Some are from established publishers, and some are manuscripts from author hopefuls. Some are rather enjoyable and I can foresee the author making a good career out of writing. And others? Not so much. What’s the difference between the good and the bad? What separates the talentContinue reading “Somewhere Between Realistic and Noteworthy”

Dancing to Ideas

You writers and creative-types – you’ve been there. It’s a hellish place, for sure. A chasm of fear, doubt, agony, frustration… Idea-less. It’s worse than a writer’s block because with that, you can at least skip ahead. There’s nothing to skip ahead to if you’re idea-less. But take heart. Your idea is out there. You might feelContinue reading “Dancing to Ideas”

A Message From My Daughter

Hi. My daddy’s taking a nap. I’d be crying right now just to see how long I can keep him awake, but my throat’s a bit sore, so I decided to hack into his blog and write a secret post without him knowing. (By the way, I feel like I should be named James… I’llContinue reading “A Message From My Daughter”

Is Divergent as Good as Hunger Games?

This is a spoiler-free review. I just read Divergent by Veronica Roth. Apparently she wrote it while she was in college and two other books completes her trilogy. Like Hunger Games, it is set in a dystopian world, and also like Hunger Games, it is written in that awesome first-person present tense style that really seems to be catchingContinue reading “Is Divergent as Good as Hunger Games?”

Motivation in Storytelling

When it comes to writing and developing characters, you need always to keep one thing in mind: motivation. Motivation is helpful in two fronts. Motivation: a) defines characters, and b) pushes the story along Think about it. In order for the beautiful harmonizing of a solid story and lovable characters to occur, several things mustContinue reading “Motivation in Storytelling”

Book Rec: City Lights by Dan Barry

You’ve likely seen my raving recommendation of Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry – one of the greatest books I’ve ever read – about the longest professional baseball game in history. Of course, being seduced by his clever writing style – attention to detail, a tip of the hat to subtle pathos, crisp dialogue – IContinue reading “Book Rec: City Lights by Dan Barry”

That November Lull or Pre-Christmas Movies

November 1st. The Jack-O-lanterns are now bug food. The kids are crashed out from their sugar rushes. The bathroom sinks are stained with face-paint smudges. The masks are put away and the pumpkin inflatables are now orange ponds on the lawn. Candy wrappers litter the sidewalk, but all the kids are accounted for. The zombiesContinue reading “That November Lull or Pre-Christmas Movies”