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.

Anatomy of a Writer’s Website

Like many writers, I have a website. And just like most other writers’ sites, mine has evolved slowly over a long time, collecting cruft and fozzle all over the place,…

A time-saving tech trick for self promoters

If you’re in charge of your own online promotion, I’ll bet I know a way you could save some time and aggravation. Your book is available on Kindle, Kobo, Sony,…

StoryBook Editor: More Ugly Step-Sister than Cinderella Story

I am a writer who hates MS Word. Sounds paradoxical, you say? Not really. I won’t drag you through all of my reasons, but suffice it to say that as…

Got a POV dilemma? Try the handy new POV crow.

Writer’s Conundrum #326: Choosing the POV character for a scene when the participating characters either know too much or too little.  Here’s the situation: Alice is sitting in the woods,…

A manifesto from people who love (or want to love) ebooks

There is a wake-up call pending for ebook vendors and it goes something like this: We, the people who buy your products, are tired of being treated like pork-flavored playing…