Category Archives: Writing Tips

How I read as a writer — an easy-to-follow template

If you’re a writer, then most likely you’ll want to develop a reading curriculum. “Read a lot” is good advice, but what exactly should we be reading? Here’s a break-down of the curriculum I’ve developed (and keep developing). My method … Continue reading

Posted in John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , , | 2 Comments

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

Posted in John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , | Leave a comment

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

Posted in John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Being A Prolific Writer, Part 4: with M.S. Wordsmith

Should you write 1000+ words a day? 2000? 5000? 10,000? How much is required for you to be a successful writer? Read more… Continue reading

Posted in Guest post, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

How to make magic believable — guest author Brian Declan

When I world-build, I break my world into categories. Most of these are practical: people, culture, society, organizations, history. But magic has its own category. It is a whole universe unto itself, as important in generating story as drawing maps. … Continue reading

Posted in Guest post, Writing Tips | Tagged , , | 3 Comments

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

Posted in John's blog, Writing Tips | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment