Rewrite Rewrite Rewrite

As I said in my previous post, I’m working on a novel called Schism. I’m in the rewriting process now, and I have to say, it’s a lot of fun. When I started the novel, I wanted it to be about a punk rocker. I was a punk, so I’m an expert in the punk Read More…

March 10, 2017 Writing Update

I originated this blog with the idea that I would talk about my thoughts on writing, ideas that my writing group comes up with, and update everyone on how my writing is going. I’ve done pretty well on the first two! Mind you, my day job does interfere with my blogging, but I kind of Read More…

Italics and Parentheses

This is a topic that people get really passionate about. I don’t really understand why, because really, it tends to be personal choice. But here’s my opinion. I don’t like italics. I know the author is just telling me how to read something, and it’s fine for them to tell you which words need emphasis, Read More…

I Like People Who Suck

I was talking with a friend about writing, and I came upon a realization. I like stories more when people are really bad at their jobs. I mean, either they’re just downtrodden, stuck in something they hate, or when they’re just ill-suited for the positions they find themselves in. There are a lot of stories Read More…

Turn Off Your Inner Critic

I had a friend who was a fantastic writer. Really. She was great, except for one thing. She had the worst inner critic of anyone I’ve ever known. She would write and erase lines constantly. When she did finish her work, it never saw the light of day. I went to a reading of hers, Read More…

Said

My brother and I had a conversation the other day about a book that he read. He thought it was really cool, because the author never actually uses the word ‘said.’ I apologize for not remembering the author or book title, but I thought it was a cool concept. It got me thinking about the word Read More…

Authorial Intrusion

During my preparations for the biweekly meeting of the Inkhorn Society, I was reading a piece written by a member, and it got me thinking about the voice of the author. The author’s voice is obvious in choices of description and what is described, character choice, interactions, dialogue, and character thought. Now, I could probably Read More…

Off The Books

Hello and welcome to Off The Books! It’s a personal indie publishing company and blog! I’ll be writing updates on what I’m doing, as well as writing tips as we go along. Along with my group, the Inkhorn Society, I’ll have a lot to talk about, so welcome! Today is day 1 of Off The Read More…