Writing Through Adversity?

Writing through adversity, huh? Probably not the most uplifting blog topic. However, unless you lead some sort of charmed life, the ugly truth is that outside events will eventually impact your writing-world—illness, accidents, relationship-ending love-life complications, serious financial blows, deaths. For artists, it feels as if there’s often an added layer of complication heaped upon …

To be, or not to be

Verbing is hard. Mostly because there are so freaking many of them. But verbs are arguably our most powerful asset as writers to paint the picture within our reader’s minds. Which is why any form of the verb “to be” should be avoided if at all possible. This is extremely hard, let me tell you. …

Don’t Limit Yourself

Today, I’d like to talk about the two most damaging words in any language, anywhere: I can’t It makes me a little bit sad to think of all of the amazing things that could have been, had they not fallen victim to those two words. All that potential lost. What’s worse is that it’s a …

Rhythm and Lyrics

(Before I get started on today’s post: major kudos and props to Ken for having my back in the past few months, as I wasn’t able to participate in the blog as much as I’d hoped. 😀 Thanks, Ken!) The chorus of Taylor Swift’s “Shake it Off” contains the memorable, “Can’t stop, won’t stop moving/It’s …

What Do You Want?

What do you want?  In the old television series Babylon 5, the Shadows, villains working behind the scenes, wanted to cause chaos throughout the galaxy.  They sent an emissary Mr. Morden to determine which occupants of the space station they could use for their own ends. Morden began with the question, “What do you want?” …

Null and Void

I don’t find many other Otaku among authors. Otaku being the Japanese word for Anime and Manga geeks. Sure many have seen an anime or two. The standard fare. Dragon Ball Z, Fullmetal Alchemist, Cowboy Bebop, those kinds of things. I don’t generally find many that have seen literally hundreds of anime, and read twice …

Writers Gotta Read

  “I don’t have time to read.” I…huh? I recognize all the individual words, sure. But the order in which they’re strung together baffles me. When I first encountered the sentiment, I’ll admit to some stereotyping—I assumed it was only uttered by non-writers. You know, those people. Not us. Then, there I was checking out …

Chasing the Light: A Benefit Anthology of Speculative Fiction

The Roaring Writers are excited to announce that Chasing the Light: A Benefit Anthology of Speculative Fiction, is now available for pre-order on Amazon in Kindle and in print. Once upon a time, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Faith Hunter and award-winning authors David B. Coe and John G. Hartness agreed to mentor …

“Hustle” Doesn’t Have to Hurt

Hustle. Perhaps you’ve heard the term being used lately. In my circles, it’s used to denote hard work, really moving to get ahead, or stay ahead, because – and this is the really good part – when you’re not working, somewhere, somebody else is. Don’t get me wrong, there is absolutely nothing wrong with hard …