Real Life Vs. Writing Life

Eight months ago, I released My Brother's Stinky T-Shirt. Since that time, I've proudly distributed nearly 13,000 copies to readers of all ages from all around the world. Sadly, due to circumstances beyond my control, the free ebook is no longer available. Thanks to Robin Springer, who made the new illustrated edition possible. But my… Continue reading

Real Life Vs. Writing Life

10 writing tips to get you started —

I could talk about this at length, but it speaks for itself. I cannot overemphasize #9!

I Suck at Writing

Lack of inspiration? Struggling to articulate your thoughts clearly? Want to write but have no idea where to start? Here are 10 tips to get you thinking and writing. Have a notebook with you wherever you go. Inspiration can strike anytime. Read a variety of texts. Change up your perspective. Do not feel pressured to […]

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Reading Habits

Really, I would love some input on this. I am very curious to know about other writers' reading and writing practices. I still have the long hours at the day job, so I juggle everything around that. My wife is yet to run off with the children, so I juggle them as well. Additionally I… Continue reading Reading Habits

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I have to ask

I hate to come right out and ask, but if you or the young reader in your life have read My Brother's Stinky T-Shirt, please take a moment to review it. Even a friendly ⭐️ rating without comments is a huge help in drawing the right kind of attention. What? You've not read it?! Well it's… Continue reading I have to ask

Real Life Vs. Writing Life

Reading Like a Scientist

I’m a huge fan of K.M. Weiland’s craft books. Look around and you may just find her free Scrivener template based upon her outlining techniques.
If you aren’t prepared to write an exhaustive outline don’t bother.

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This morning, I came across an excellent article by K.M. Weiland 7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outlinefor Any Story . While I was studying it, I kept catching myself on switching to my “scientist reading mode”, which has developed through years of my academic career and seems so natural to me that I read nearly everything – even fiction – this way now. I must mention to K.M.Weiland’s favor that her writing is always very logical, well-structured and brilliantly worded.

scientist “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”― Galileo Galilei

Having spent decades of my life doing academic research, supervising post-graduate students and writing university coursebooks, I always tend to look for structure in every piece of text that comes into the range of my vision. First of all, I mark out the keywords  in the title, then my…

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