Category Archives: Technique

Notes on the “how to” of writing.

Kicking Immersion Up To Eleven

You’ve provably heard me say that immersion happens naturally, all you have to do is get out of the way. And sure, immersion can only survive for as long as…

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IOD-TV Episode #4: Echoing Headwords

Echoing headwords: what they are and what can you do about them.

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IOD-TV Episode #3: Suffocated Empathy

In this episode of The 5-Minute Immersion Lab, I’ll walk through the problem I call “suffocated empathy,” explain how it works, and then give an example of how to nip it in the bud.

One important lesson that shooting pool teaches us about writing novels.

After writing several books now, and being deep into the snake pit with the next one, I’m coming to see that (for me, anyway) writing a novel is a lot…

Book Cover As Writing Tool

I talk to many authors – both online and IRL – and I am always surprised by the number of them who tell me they don’t come up with a…