WRITING  ADVICE

Why I Love Horror

Why I Love Horror

“Why do you love horror?”   Better yet: “Why do you write horror?”   This last is a question that I hear often – even more often than most...

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I guess I’m not a writer

Readers of my articles will know that as a rule I tend to eschew profanity. Not judging those who use it, just it is not part of my personal style....

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Writing is Magic

I’ve been scarce on social media (including this site) as of late… building up my identity as a Western Romance writer has been much more...

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Epub vs. Tradpub

There are a lot of articles across the interweb (and if it’s on your computer, it must be true!) about which is better – traditional...

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What Good is Horror

I hear it all the time: why do you spend your time on horror when there are so many other “good” things you could be writing?   And...

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The Magic of Misleading

When I was a teenager, my mom used to like popping out from around corners and scaring me. I had to be super careful when I came home and the house...

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Typing Down and Dirty

Something I’m often asked about is how I manage to write so quickly. I’m also often asked about how I manage to murder with a smile on...

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Horror and Hope

I am a guy who writes scary stuff. It’s basically all I do. I’m one of the bestselling horror writers on Amazon, and as of this writing...

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Where Scary Ideas are Born

As a horror writer, I am often asked where I get my ideas from. (I’m also asked about the voices in my head – sometimes by the other...

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Creation in Writing

There are several reasons we write. For personal satisfaction, as a way of making sense of the world around us. We write to create emotions in...

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Writing Terror That Chills

Fear is like laughter in that both rely on a good setup, then providing the unexpected.   They are also both about delivery. Ever heard a good...

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Speling Matturs

“What do you dew when everyone you know – friends, family, everyone – is trying to kill you? You RUN.”   The above is the tagline...

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Research BAD

Write what you know. That’s what they say (whoever “they” are). And they’re right. Sort of.   But what if you...

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On Clarity

Be clear.   This is something that is both very easy sounding and extremely difficult. It is especially difficult in the realm of fantasy and...

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Novels vs. Screenplays

People often ask me things. Things like, “How can I improve my protagonist’s character arc?” and “Why is it important to...

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Musty Writing

When considering self-publishing on Kindle, there are four things you must do (“Must”y writing – get it? Ha!). They are like the mustard...

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Finding God Among the Damned

I am often asked how I come up with my ideas. The answers range. For my book RUN, I visited a working silver mine and decided that I had to write a...

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Defining Greatness

Some people ask me, “What do you think makes a great book great?”   Some people also ask me if I think polar bears should be...

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Die, Poop Bird, DIE!

One of my least favorite things about today’s world is the prevalence of people who say, “It is what it is.”   Forget about...

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Chubby Writing

Let’s talk about our activity levels, shall we?   Obesity, as I’m constantly being reminded every time I turn on my radio, is one...

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