Category Archives: For Writers

As both a scientist and a toolmaker for creative media people, I spend a lot of time thinking about how fiction works, how we writers do what we do, and how I might be able to help myself (and others) get better at it. This is the section of my web site where I post articles about the business, craft, and tools of writing. I don’t promise that what I have to say will work for everybody else—or even anybody else—but it should always be interesting.

Are Online Grammar Checkers Worth Checking Out?

I have a date looming with my editor in the near future, and I want to make a good impression. One of my major projects is about to be completed,…

See The Big Picture: Visualizing Your Plots

One of the biggest problems I have with novel-length story-telling is keeping track of the big picture – the relationships not only between characters themselves, but at the higher level,…

Author’s Guide to Successful Self-promotion

I need to be reminded of this about twice a week, so I finally made a sign for it. Now I have a handy reference to point to when new…

Sketch Characters Like A Police Artist

See that pretty face there? Know who it is? Almost looks like your brother-in-law’s sister, right? Or maybe it’s that girl you knew in college. You know, the one who…

Forget boosting your signal – create friendship feedback loops

Online marketers talk about “boosting their signal.” By this, they mean the process of getting other people to engage with their posts or their products – repeating, retweeting, sharing, liking…