4 Beneficial Reasons To Outline Before Writing:

I used to be (and largely still am) a pantser. For those of you who aren’t familiar with the term let me explain: In the writing world, there are two types of writers: “Plotters”, and “Pantsers” (don’t ask who came up with the terms because I honestly don’t know)

  • Plotters create an abbreviated plot outline detailing the way their story will unfold, before they write.
  • Pantsers (as the name implies) tend to write by the seat of their pants, creating and shaping the plot as they write.

In my years as a writer, I have always been a dedicated pantser and turned my nose up at even the prospect of outlining. Outlines are for sissies.” Largely summed up my attitude, I considered them worthless, and counted them as unnecessary time-wasters that were just downright boring! I mean, why write an outline when you can just write the story. Right?

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My Journey Thus Far: How & Why I Became A Writer

When I was twelve years old, I armed myself with a piece of notebook paper, and a trusty no. 2 pencil. I delved into the world of story-making, and I’ve never looked back.

It started as a hobby, something that I did for fun. Honestly, I never planned it would turn into a career (OK, I’m still working on that…). I remember that it was largely due to Star Wars that I started. Even at twelve, I was an avid science-fiction reader and Star War addict (Those who know me well could argue that I haven’t changed much) and eventually, I determined that I would see my name on the front cover of a Star Wars Novel. I can’t really remember why I didn’t ever actually write down that first novel idea, (who knows, maybe it’s still in there bouncing around somewhere) but within a few days of my proclamation of “I am going to write a book.” I had shifted to a new story, one of my own creation.

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5 Tips For Better Short-Stories — Part-II

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In my post last week, 5 Tips For Better Short-Stories Part-I, I shared the importance of Starting At The End, and Fast-Pacing within short-fiction—Two tips that I have found to be exceptionally helpful in the process of short-fiction creation.  Today, I will share my final three tips.

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#3 A Small Cast, Limiting The Extras

It takes time, and words to develop characters to the point that people care about them. Simply put, short-stories don’t have the time or space to introduce the same size cast as  a novel. Since they begin after the character development process that take place throughout the course of a novel, you have only a short amount of time to make readers care about an already pre-defined person who isn’t going to change much in 7,300 words. Continue reading

5 Tips For Better Short-Stories — Part-I

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In many ways, short stories can be a scary thought for beginning writers. A non-writer may equate shorter with easier, but for a writer… How in the world do I fit a story into a neatly packaged bundle, with no-less than 2,500 and no more than 7,300 words?!

“It can’t be done!” was my reaction for quite a while. It took me a long time to even try because I believed failure was inevitable. But once I actually forced myself to try, I discovered it’s really a lot less intimidating than it seems! I’ve now been writing short-stories for a number of years, and today I am going to share the first two of five helpful tips that I have discovered along the way.

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Thoughts On Writing Extra-Terrestrial Life: (From A Christian Perspective)

Today, I’m hosting a Q & A interview with, well, myself. Now I agree that it’s more than a little odd—and some might think egotistical—but the only real reason for this is because I’ve found that sometimes, writing in an unconventional format is the easiest way to get ideas onto paper. I rewrote this post three or four times before switching the format and then I finished it in one go without problems.

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One of the biggest personal hurdles I’ve had to jump as a Science Fiction writer, is the question of “Should I write about aliens when I don‘t believe they exist”. Now obviously everybody is going to have their own opinion and answer to that question, but I thought I’d take some time and share my own thoughts on the matter.

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