Research, but specifically how to research has, in the last ten years, become crucial in understanding our world. There are currently countless “researchers” digging around in dark places on the internet, all of them wallowing in false and unfounded information, who think that there is some kind of Satanic cabal that controls everything and is drinking the blood of children.

It is prevalent enough for a mob of them to attack the U.S. Capital only a few months ago.

When I was in college in the ‘90’s, the internet was new. One could find the information one needed with a…

I’m a science-fiction writer, but I’m also a Christian. These things do not have to be separate, as my love of science fiction is not in any way dampened by my faith in Christ. I’m sure there are a lot of you out there, people who are Christ-followers but are also in deep love with science fiction or some other genre.

However, as a Christian, I often find myself struggling with one of the tenets of my faith: “And whatever you do, in word or in deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God…

Erik’s new book is quite a page turner. I’ll be writing a review when I finish it…. which should be in a week or so.

If you follow this blog at all, you know that I also host a little podcast called Writing Is Hard Work. This week’s podcast is one you should probably listen to if you haven’t been listening.

I had the privilege to interview Erik Buchanan this week. You can find the show in question by clicking , but Erik turned out to be a fount of very valuable information.

Erik has written a wonderful out-of-the-box fantasy novel entitled , is an actor, a fight choreographer, a ghost writer and a very good writer. I’m a couple chapters into Trials and I…

Edwin Avery eased into a parking space he had used for over twenty years. One piston inside the engine of his fifteen-year-old Hyundai puttered oddly as he twisted the key to silence it. Stepping onto the gritty parking lot on a warm spring day in mid-March, Mr. Avery cracked his windows before locking the doors, a routine he had observed since the air conditioning died.

He entered the paint-chipped doors of the high school like always, and in a few moments, he was unlocking his classroom and propping open the door with a battered wooden wedge.

He pulled a few…

Zoom is a wonderful thing. This last week I was able to sit down with my former student teacher and chat about story. We talked about what makes a great story and the conversation brought up some great thoughts about what authors need to consider when writing that next great novel, short story, or screenplay.

What follows is a gleaning of our conversation and the ideas we discussed. If you want to listen to the podcast episode, you can find it .

It turns out, a good story…

  1. Expresses Imagination — The storyteller should have a knack for expressing their…

As a student and teacher of writing and a writer of over six novels, I can say I have been through the gauntlet of character creation. It’s not easy creating believable characters who are quirky enough to keep a reader interested.

I’ve spent over 20 years in college, as a teaching professional, and as a writer studying characterization and after some thoughtful consideration I have decided to boil down all that experience into a working template that I use when creating characters for my current projects. …

I suppose you landed on this article because, like this berry on the end of this branch, your ideas for your novel, short story or other writing project are frozen in place. Hopefully, if you follow these five simple steps, you can break the writer’s block that is keeping you from experiencing the joy of moving forward with that project.

I have written everything from poetry to short stories to novels for most of my life. I’m pretty prolific, but now and again I hit a snag. I used to tell myself that writer’s block doesn’t exist, and I even…

This is my current WIP planning session using Mind Node. It is highly effective for brainstorming ideas.

I’ve written a few novels in my short career, but all of them go through the meticulous planning process before I ever sit down to write.

I am, in no sense of the word, a “pantser”.

When Stephen King and Peter Straub wrote The Talisman they wrote a chapter each and then sent each chapter (once written) via courier to each other. Straub would write a chapter and send it to King who would then write the next chapter and back and forth it would go until completed. Straub, being a strict planner, constructed a meticulous outline for the entire…

As a writer, I’m fascinated by other writer’s work. In particular, I’m a science fiction writer, so when a new science-fiction series airs I usually try to check it out, even if it’s bad.

“Resident Alien” over on the SyFy network is anything but bad. It is brilliant. It is also a master class in how to write engaging comedy into a science-fiction plot.

It has a team of writers, but is created by Chris Sheridan of Family Guy fame. …

Currently a video is circulating the internet that is causing social media users to share it and then question reality when it is removed for spreading false information about the Coronavirus. In the week or so that it has been shared, countless physicians have debunked the information in the video as unscientific and completely false.

The video claims that Dr. Anthony Fauci, the leading expert in virology and epidemiology, with a list of credentials a mile long, is somehow a part of a deep state conspiracy to get everyone vaccinated and make billions of dollars off of us with unproven…

Roger Colby

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