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Writer’s Block, Section One: What’s really behind it?

October 1, 2013

Have you ever buckled down to write and… had nothing? Have you ever been brainstorming ideas for a story and come up blank? Have you ever stared at that mocking, blinking cursor for hours, waiting for inspiration to strike? Congratulations. You have writer’s block. As writers, there comes the inevitable time when we just can’t write. Try as we might, we can’t seem to get the ideas to come out, and if we do, they come out all wrong and we hate everything about them so we just throw them away to try again. Time and time again, we can’t produce the right kind of work, if we’re producing any work at all. Writer’s block is like the erectile dysfunction of storytellers. It’s the inability to perform, no matter how hard we may want to or how sexy our story may be. (Jesus, I just compared writer’s block to erectile dysfunction. That’s probably not cool.) I’ve read a lot of […]


4 ways to make time to write.

September 30, 2013

I’m forty-four days into my one-year commitment to writing a blog post for this website every single day. Really? Only forty-four? You mean I have to write another three-hundred and twenty-one posts? I’m only twelve percent done! Well, that’s a depressing realization. Okay, it’s really not that bad. I enjoy keeping this blog alive and it kind of forces me to write every day, which is something all writers should be doing anyway. But that doesn’t mean it’s always easy. There are two big walls that get in my way sometimes. One, finding something to write about. Two, finding time to write it down. Maybe I’ll tackle the “finding something” topic later, but today, we’re talking about time. If you missed it, I’m recently married, I own my own marketing business, I’m working on getting a book published, I’m writing other books on the side, and I’m trying to get a blog post up every single day. That’s challenging. Hell, […]


It all started with one woman.

September 14, 2013

When I started developing Martyrs eight years ago (holy crap eight!?), all I had was one thing. A character. That’s it. That’s all I had when I decided to develop a novel that eventually turned into the behemoth series it is now planned out as today. All I had was one character who had a story to tell, one character I knew better than I know most of the people in my life today. I remember the day I decided I needed to write a book around her. My family and I were driving up to Spokane, Washington for our annual summer trip. I had ten hours in the car to kill. I hadn’t really thought about the significance of that fact–that the entire Martyr series was born from a single character–until last night. A good friend of mine and I were sitting in my kitchen talking about my latest novel idea, Empyrean. I came up with the idea for […]

Swill Coffee Shop

And this is why I don’t write at home (if I can avoid it).

August 20, 2013

So I made a terrible discovery today: my favorite coffee shop to sit in and write has closed. Really, though, they just relocated, but they relocated to a place that is inconvenient for me to go because a) it’s far away from where I live, and b) it’s far away from where myself and my Partner in Crime work. Since we carpool to our respective offices and I’m usually the one with the car, if I get off early I’ll swing on by the coffee shop to work on my writing. Today, when I went in to park, I noticed the windows were covered with brown paper. I did what any logical human being in the year 2013 would do: I pulled out my phone and did a quick Google search: DID BIBO’S CLOSE OMFG. No, just kidding. I really just searched the name of the shop and the street it was on. Lo and behold, they closed in June. […]

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