If you’re an author and you don’t have Beta Readers, there’s something seriously wrong with you

Beta Readers are a test audience for your new material. For example, in the movie The Break Up, Vince Vaughn’s character originally came out looking better than Jennifer Aniston’s character. That ending did not rate well with its test audience, so the ending was changed. If The Break Up was a novel, the test audience would haveContinue reading “If you’re an author and you don’t have Beta Readers, there’s something seriously wrong with you”

All your character wants is a meatball sandwich

E! True Brian Story: Though the meatball marinara sub  sandwich at Subway isn’t the greatest in the world, I still REALLY wanted one the other day. My wife set me up with a text, describing it as “hot,” and “fresh.” I so wanted that. Instead, my mother, who is in town, made me a homemadeContinue reading “All your character wants is a meatball sandwich”

Writing teenagers in love is hard when your teenage experience sucked

I write what I know. For the most part, that results in layered characters that people fall in love with or hate.  On the other hand, there’s writing teenagers, which I have to work hard at doing, especially when they’re in love.. I was TERRIBLE in teenage relationships. I can’t tell you much about myContinue reading “Writing teenagers in love is hard when your teenage experience sucked”

Back Cover Copy = Torture!

For me, writing back cover copy is a lot like the first time I met my wife.  At first glance, I automatically wanted to meet her. But, without any idea of what I wanted to say, I didn’t want to get shot down either. My first words would determine everything.   Those of us whoContinue reading “Back Cover Copy = Torture!”

So You Think You Can’t Write?

In my experience, most people say can’t when they mean won’t. When I tell people what I do, most say, “I can’t write a book.” Maybe they don’t write well, never learned to type or are devoid of ideas. They might have a hectic home or work life. If I was a betting man, I’dContinue reading “So You Think You Can’t Write?”