Category: Writing

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May 2018 Update

Time is a precious thing. There are only so many hours in a day, so many days in a week, and so on. It is hard to find time for everything I strive to do. Over the last couple months I’ve pared down greatly on blog posts and I even turned off my Patreon account. I’m hoping I can re-launch… Read more →

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The Update – April 2018

Another month, another update. It’s been awhile since my last post, I’ve not had as much time to create content for my site. Between work and trying to find time for writing projects I’ve had to neglect the blog. I]ve even shut down my Patreon for the month. But I have not been idle. Read more →

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February Writing Update

It is time for my monthly writing update. January was a month of regaining momentum. After writing the first draft of a novel in November, I spent much of December mostly avoiding writing. With the new year I’ve been slowly easing back into my writing projects. Writing Group Earlier this month the writing critique group at Village Books here in… Read more →

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January Writer Update

Happy New Year! New Groups Since last time I’ve joined a little writer group. Once or twice a week we get together and just write. It’s a wonderful group of fun writer folks, most of whom I met going to write-ins during NaNoWriMo. I’m thinking about trying out another local writer workshop group as well. I like the workshop group… Read more →

The Writing Update – December 2017

December has arrived, and I can come up for air. NaNoWriMo Victory! I just finished spending the month of November slinging out 50,000 words for NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I’d attempted this twice already in the past, and failed both times. This time, I pushed through and crossed the 50k mark on the last day. Please gaze upon my… Read more →

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Joe’s Writing Update – November

It’s November! And that means it is time for NaNoWriMo! NaNoWriMo NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month. Every year, on this month, writers from across the globe all make an attempt at writing their own 50,000 word novel. It’s insane. I’m going to be a bit of a rebel though. Instead of writing a novel, I’m going to write… Read more →

Halloween Fiction – Girl in the Woods

It’s the absolute best time of year. Halloween! This is the time of year when scary stories flood from every fount and bring me happiness. In celebration of this joyful time I’m adding my own entry to the fount of internet scary stories. It was supposed to be flash fiction (meaning 1000 words or less), but I don’t know if… Read more →

Strange Folklore – The Barometz

When I think of plantish animals I think of things like the stick bug, or maybe insects that look like leaves. When I think of animalish plants I think of the Venus fly trap or the pitcher plant. But only a couple centuries ago there were documents detailing the strange characteristics of something that is both animal and plant. The… Read more →

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October Writing Update

Happy Halloween! You may not think it is Halloween, and you are mistaken. This is the month of Halloween. This whole month is for spooky, creepy, and scary things. This is the time of year when everyone watches their favorite horror movies through parted fingers. I love it. Writing Update But this isn’t a post about Halloween. (There will be… Read more →

Recently I stumbled across an interview with Justin Cronin, author of horror bestseller The Passage, on YouTube. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9cRQbeMsF0)

In it he said this:

I have one rule with characters. I have to know what they’re not telling anybody. If I know what they’re not telling anybody, I really know who they are.

This is great stuff, and is something I need to keep in mind myself for my own writing.

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Learn more about Justin Cronin and his writing here: http://enterthepassage.com/