Calling all Beta Readers (That’s You!)

Would you like to read a fun story AND help a guy out? Then run – don’t walk – over to my Wattpad profile and read the first revision of my novel, The Department for Mutated Persons! [Link]

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The Narrative Problem with Ghost Recon Wildlands

How do you make a nonlinear story have resonance and meaningful impact, especially when the audience can do whatever they want. Yes, let’s talk about video games. Specifically, Ghost Recon Wildlands. Ubisoft made a rich, entertaining world. Their story though? Not great. The sacrifice made at the altar of player agency was compelling narrative and story resolution. Continue reading

What’s your ONE thing?

“What’s your thing?”

I asked my boss this out of the blue recently. His face turned from its normal jovial demeanor to a look of confusion then pensive introspection as I clarified.

“I don’t mean at work. I mean in general. What is your thing?”

He thought for awhile and he said, “To breathe life into people.”

I agreed that was a good thing to be driven toward, but I wanted something more concrete. We continued talking it through, and, for the sake of privacy, I won’t divulge any of that information. But it was a fantastic, illuminating conversation for me personally, and I hope it was the same for my boss. Continue reading

4 Helpful Tools Writers Should Get Now!

Sometimes a writer needs tools to get the job done. If anything, tools can make the hard work of writing a novel, essay, or piece of content that much easier. I’ve thought about some of the tools I use, and I’ve come up with 4 helpful tools that writers can get now that will help them in the long run.

Also, if you have tools that are useful to you, share below in the comments! I’m always on the lookout for a new trick to make writing that much smoother. Continue reading

Writers: Write Like a Filmmaker

I am not an expert. I don’t have a bundle of best sellers under my belt. I’m not going to tell you that I have all the answers. But I like to read. I like to read books and like I watch films. I started my career as a video editor. I’ve made short films. I’ve seen how the medium has become democratized by digital equipment, and I have seen how that has made story more important than Hollywood budgets. I’ve also seen self-publishing democratize fiction writing in much the same way. So I married those two ideas together, and this is where we’re left: a few insights on how to write your book like a filmmaker. Continue reading