If there’s a spectrum that goes from “panster” to “plotter”—that is, a writer who attacks the blank page using nothing but their wits vs. one who draws up blueprints and gets the permits settled a year before they break ground, then I’m definitely in the latter camp. I want to expand on the topic a little bit since I didn’t really get into the details of my writing process before.
Twilight Tales will feature my creepy sci-fi story, “Fruiting” (and 30 other tales). If you like the classic Twilight Zone, check it out!
Songs From the Void is now officially a thing, and it’s a departure from the twisty sci-fi stories I’ve been exploring lately. Two twins, one lie, and a story within a story.
My fourth novel is officially released, and it feels good to return to the high sci-fi mystery territory I first explored with On the Loop. If you enjoyed that novel’s twists and turns, I’m sure Broken Helix will be right up your alley.
And with that, I release my third novel out into the wilderness to fend for itself. But I think it’ll be okay, because it has some especially tricky tricks up its sleeve. The Last Shadow features a grizzled detective, a nonverbal autistic girl with “special” talents, and a cult that seems oddly concerned with synchronized […]
I mean, the premise of my second book has always been a little bit out there, but now I’ve finally released the book out into the wild, which is exciting. By which I mean I’m relieved. Getting this thing out there has been a long journey, because I wanted to do everything right, including the […]
Think about your favorite writers—the ones you return to time and time again—and I’ll bet you can identify certain thematic predilections they have. They return to certain concepts, even in stories that are otherwise very different from each other. Because they can’t help themselves. I’m no different, though it’s taken hindsight to make my pet-themes […]
Names can do more than identify the players on your stage. They can express traits about each person, and their own poetic rhythm that makes them sing beyond their syllables.
Okay, plotting isn’t pantsing. I know I just implied that plotting was pantsing way up there in the title. But what I really wanted to say is that I don’t think the distinction is as vast as the common wisdom would have us believe, and here’s why. Plotters pant(s?) their outlines. Admit it: you thought […]