Villainous Writing Advice

Villainous Writing Advice

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Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Where Do Story Ideas Come From?

Ideas for stories can develop anytime and anywhere.  This is a truism that most writers I know agree upon, and why many of us have paper and writing instruments strategically placed throughout our homes, in our cars, in our offices, and so forth.  One of my favorite...
Riftmaker: A Steampunk Portal Fantasy

Riftmaker: A Steampunk Portal Fantasy

Buddy’s favorite thing is curling up for a nap at the foot of Ethan’s bed. Then he stumbles through a portal to a clockwork city plagued by chimeras, and everything changes… Well, not everything. Sure, his new human body comes with magic powers, but he’d still...
Proofreading Versus Editing

Proofreading Versus Editing

I met with a new proofreading client recently and looked at his manuscript. It needed a lot of work. In fact, he needed an editor not a proofreader. He had no idea what the difference was any more than he knew what an editor does. As I tried to explain it all to him, it took me back to my own beginnings as a newbie author and I remembered what a shock the editing process had been. I had no idea what was involved; writing the book turned out to have been the easy part!