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Everybody has been talking about Cal Newport's book, Deep Work: Rules for Focused Success in a Distracted World so I finally decided to get the Audible for it. It's amazing. He's a computer science professor who usually writes books for high schoolers on how to do...read more
How to Write a Novella in 24 Hours Author: Andrew Mayne Length: Short I am a subscriber to Kindle Unlimited. As a result, since I read on a Kindle, I have no idea the page length of the book. I read a lot of non-fiction, probably a dozen a month either actually...read more
Author Jon Cronshaw JV: Why do dystopian/post-apocalypse novels all have zombies? Haha. Although these sub-genres have a lot of crossover, they also seem to be tackling different primal questions. With dystopian fiction, the core questions are about the ways people...read more
It's hard to write that first hook. You want to grab your reader, drag them right into your story...but how? I struggled to do this so I just started pulling books off the shelf. Some of these opening paragraphs (or even just the first sentence) really nail that...read more
When Writers Get Together and Use Instafreebie I wanted to start building a newsletter mailing list of science fiction fans for the launch of Cold War. So I started from zero. After Ken formatted our book on Draft2Digital, I put it up on Instafreebie. The first few...read more
My co-writer and I were talking tonight about how we work better under pressure. When we entered a short story contest, we both cranked it out in a few days and then we ended up expanding and polishing those pieces into a much larger work. Under that same theory,...read more