Writing Coach: The First Meeting

Last week I had my first meeting with my writing coach, Mike Martin. I thought it'd be interesting to document a few of these meetings, not only for myself, but for anyone who may be considering hiring a writing coach of their own (more about that here). I sent Mike my first draft of the [...]

Writing a Novel: Outlining

Writer's block. Probably the scariest phrase ever. You want to write. You need to write. But the words/ideas aren't coming. I used writer's block as my excuse over and over for not focusing and for not finishing any story I started. Then I began researching how to overcome it. At first I found the same boring stuff I'd [...]

Hiring a Writing Coach

After I finished the outline for my first novel last week, I emailed my friend T. Michael Martin (author of The End Games and Mr. Fahrenheit) to ask if he would look it over, maybe offer some suggestions or critiques. I offered to pay for his time if he'd consider offering those suggestions throughout the [...]

Writing My First Novel

I started writing my own stories in the fourth grade. They weren't very good, and most were blatant copies of TV shows or movies. But it was fun. Those early stories had titles like "Horror House" and "The Graveyard". I've always been drawn to the macabre. I continued writing in high school, and a bit [...]