One of the most painful but potentially effective methods of cutting dead wood out of your unpublished novel is the Synopsis Method. I’ve mentioned this editing method in the past, but I don’t think I’ve really spelled out what it means. Basically, you write a chapter-by-chapter synopsis to see whether you’re using your plot efficiently. … More Editing with a Chainsaw: The Synopsis Method
The Last Jedi remains the most divisive Star Wars fan in the franchise’s history. In fact, 43% of fans cited fan rage over previous films as the reason Solo: A Star Wars Story (a film I’d personally like to see a sequel to) did so poorly at the Box Office …and TLJ was named over … More #NotMyLukeSkywalker Versus #NotMyHanSolo
As I discussed in my last Marvel post, I thought it was time to discuss Avengers: Infinity War. Some of you still haven’t seen it. That’s OK. You can read this non-spoilery post on my upcoming writing projects instead of this post, which contains DEFINITE SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War, POTENTIAL SPOILERS for pretty much … More That Infinity War Ending: Oh, Snap! Did [SPOILER] Just Die? – Guardians of the Galaxy Edition.
I’ve held out on this post for a while now, mostly because I knew any post I wrote about Avengers: Infinity War would necessarily contain a bunch of SPOILERS. This is definitely a movie I don’t want to spoil for anyone; however, in the wake of some potentially leaked concept art for Avengers 4, I … More Infinity War: What About Those Deaths Before the Infinity Snap?
Recently, I asked fans on social media why they thought Solo: A Star Wars Story was doing so poorly at the Box Office. While it was an admittedly informal and imperfect poll, I did get an aggregate 3,186 responses across seven social media fan groups. I think it sheds some light on what went awry. … More Fans weigh in on why Solo did so poorly at the Box Office
In my last post on writing Christian fiction, I asked whether or not we had abandoned the biblical basis for writing fiction in the modern-day philosophy of not preaching in Christian fiction. It is true that there exists a spectrum of approaches to writing Christian fiction, but simply noting what exists does not answer the … More Mythopoiea: Writing Truth Through Fiction – Part 1
While I was initially reluctant… No. That’s not the right word. While I was initially apathetic toward Solo: A Star Wars Story, within hours of the first showing I started hearing that it was actually pretty good. Of all my kids, my Bookends (oldest and youngest) most share in my fandoms. Once they caught wind … More How Solo Could Save Star Wars
Originally posted on The John Lazarus Adventures:
I tend to think in terms of movies when I write, so if you ask me, The Empire Strikes Back [Star Wars Episode V] probably ranks as my all-time favorite sequel. A lot of character development got packed into that movie and it contains some of the… Oh,…
[Reposted from Øtherworld] It goes without saying that when you’re writing novels set in the far future, you have to consider how technology and society have changed. The further forward you go, the more drastic those changes will be. Recently, a reader asked me how far in the future my Øtherworld series takes place… [Read … More Future World: Finding a Time for Øtherworld
I know that some of you were disappointed that I didn’t publish a book in the Fall of 2017, like I predicted. I was also frustrated with my lack of progress on Soulbright, mostly because I have published at least one book a year since 2012. (Technically, my average remains intact because I did publish … More What I’m Working On Now