Below is a list of all the guest blogs that I have written since 2015.
The Myth Behind Social Media (Published: May 4, 2017)
I remember quite clearly the thoughts that went through my mind when I started down the path toward publication. Time and time again, I would see a reference somewhere saying that all writers needed a platform. The jargon was bounced around every which way, and I was so lost.
A writer’s platform is not a website or social media — for that matter, it’s not your books. A writer’s platform is everything that you do to connect with your readers.
This is where those building an online presence tend to fall down. Many writers push their latest book until people are sick of seeing the ads. For those who have yet to publish, it will be blog post after blog post. However, the connection with the readers is lost.
Social media is called social media for a reason — because it’s meant to be social. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. are all about interacting and fostering connections that could be beneficial in the future.
Top 5 Tips from the Editor (Published: September 26, 2016)
Ooo… Top 5 tips… But there are so many… How to choose? Let’s focus on the most important things. 1) Don’t rush the process. 2) No character or scene is so sacred that it can’t find the editing-room floor. 3) ALWAYS get another writer to read through your work, not a member of your family. 4) During at least one of your editorial passes, read your manuscript aloud – not just part of it, but the entire thing. 5) Don’t pay to have a first draft professionally edited.
Imaging Over Long Distances (Published: August 18, 2016)
The satellite whizzes overheard, being realigned by the technician in some bunker in a secret location. After moments of clicking at the keyboard, a series of images flicker across the screen. Details of the landscape come into focus, but that detail is not enough. The technician taps the keyboard, clicks the mouse and the cameras on the satellite overhead zoom in. They’ve found him. They can see exactly what he’s wearing and the backpack he has slung across his shoulder. Oh no… The hero is now in danger. RUN, JASON BOURNE! RUN! While Hollywood would in reality take those zooming-in shots using a hover drone, believe it or not, the concept that the movie makers are trying to portray is very real. As much as you might try and hide, you can’t; the spy satellite will see you.
Kiwi in US Writing Market (Published: April 25, 2016)
New Zealand… Aotearoa, as the native Maori call it — the land of the long white cloud. It's a country filled with majestic beauty: a mountain range that spans the length of half the country; volcanic lakes and desert terrain; beaches within a few short minutes drive of any major metropolis; secluded forest bush that takes you back in time; and farmland everywhere you turn. (The original post is no longer available, but a copy of been posted on my personal blog.)
The Hologram wants me to park somewhere else (Published: April 7, 2016) Imagine driving through a parking garage looking for a perfect place to park. You find one, so you go to pull in, only to be confronted by a man in a wheelchair telling you that your perfect parking spot is actually a handicapped spot. You step out of your car confused. Where did this man come from?
The Weapons of Star Wars (Published: January 14, 2016)
With the recent release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, many YouTube videos have surfaced professing that the video’s creator has made a real lightsaber. However, if you watch the video, you discover that what was created was actually a glorified blowtorch, complete with the long, narrow, blue flame.
Pushing your way through NaNoWriMo (Published: October 18, 2015)
So, you have signed up for NaNoWriMo. Wait… I hear you ask, “what exactly is NaNoWriMo?” Well, this is the international event where writers decide to throw caution to the wind and attempt to write that first draft of a novel within the span of a month, and not just any month. NaNoWriMo is in November every year.
NaNoWriMo in Christchurch (Published: October 15, 2015)
It will soon be November and for writers throughout the world, that means it NaNoWriMo time again. But wait… I hear all those new to writing ask, “What is NaNoWriMo?” Well, NaNoWriMo is the international event where writers decide to throw caution to the wind and attempt to write that first draft of a novel within the span of a month.
Resource Review: Scribophile (Published: July 21, 2015)
At some point in every writer’s career, one needs to get the feedback of others. Does your story make any sense? Are there glaring plot holes that need to be filled in? Are you using the correct grammar and sentence construction to get your ideas across? Some will say that this is what an editor is for, but editors don’t come cheap.