Editing · Novels · Opinion · Publishing · Writing

Writing Is the Least Important Part of Your Book

Writers, put down those red pens, because I have bad news for you. We’ve all seen the lists of words to weed from your prose, phrases editors hate, little pet peeves that get on other writers’ nerves, and even those of a few readers. If you are a dutiful and Good™ writer, you went through… Continue reading Writing Is the Least Important Part of Your Book

What Boys Are Made Of · Writing

Music in Writing Part 1: What Boys Are Made Of

I’m one of those authors who likes to write to music. Every book I write has a theme song, and beyond that, each character has their own special songs. More may be employed for writing certain scenes or locations, but those two things always exist above all. The overarching song for What Boys Are Made… Continue reading Music in Writing Part 1: What Boys Are Made Of

General Thoughts · Writing

Actually, People Can Screw Without Romance

Want to learn how to drive me up the wall? Insist that every time two characters make out, that the novel has a romance. Argh. Here in publishing, romance is a very specific genre that basically means the plot revolves around the characters being or falling in love with each other. There must be an… Continue reading Actually, People Can Screw Without Romance

Saint Flaherty Series · Writing

If You Give a Boy a Gun: The Psychology of Violence, Up Close

Everyone who has been around violence in an intimate way will tell you this: not everyone can kill. And so in my book What Boys Are Made Of, I decided to ask what would happen if you took someone who couldn’t, and made their first kill both deliberate and a complete accident. Cue chapter one,… Continue reading If You Give a Boy a Gun: The Psychology of Violence, Up Close

Holiday · Opinion · Publishing · Writing

Why I Stopped Caring About Banned Books Week

  Banned Books Week: the week trade publishers who have already made a butt-load off a certain book try to make a little more by pretending to be oppressed. Call me cynical. What is this week? It’s the week we talk about books that regularly get banned from schools, libraries, and even entire towns. Texts… Continue reading Why I Stopped Caring About Banned Books Week

Publishing · Writing

If You’re a Writer, You’re a Gambler

Among those who write, you get some who love starting new manuscripts, adore it beyond anything—the freshness of the prose, the chance to put new words down, the excitement of creating characters. And then there’s the other kind, who hates it beyond anything. I’m in the latter group. It’s never that I’m not looking forward… Continue reading If You’re a Writer, You’re a Gambler