Category Archives: John’s blog

Why I write what disturbs me

My book is dark. Once, when describing it to an interested reader, I said, “Think of Game of Thrones, but darker.” The thing about that though: I was describing the first draft, which was far less darker than where my revisions have … Continue reading

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7 tips to help you make a living as an Indie self-published author

There’s a certain allure to self-publishing your books. As an author, it gives you power to take charge of your brand. You are able to connect to your readers and grow your audience over time. There’s no waiting and “aspiring” … Continue reading

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A Wikipedia reading technique that will make you a better writer

Wikipedia is hard to tame. We all know what it’s like to wander down that endless rabbit hole of links. There is so much information there, and it’s put together in such a compelling way. French history soon turns into … Continue reading

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An ongoing NaNoWriMo with more flexibility, and how you can join us

I’ve always been inspired by the idea of NaNoWriMo. In fact, A Thousand Roads started as a NaNoWriMo project back in November 2012. That said, I didn’t “win” NaNoWriMo. In fact, I’ve been aptly labeled a NaNoRebel. By December 1st, … Continue reading

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How to Learn Something New Every Day in Just 5 Minutes

Today I want to talk about a learning method I’ve been using for the last 2 years, as well as shine the spotlight on another important part of my writing career. You might have noticed, on the sidebar of this … Continue reading

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Transcription: learning directly from the storytelling masters by typing up their words yourself

You’ve likely heard the advice that in order to become a better writer, you should learn directly from other master storytellers by typing up their work. After all, what do most painters do when they are start out? They travel … Continue reading

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