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What You Value

Values. They’re tricky little monsters. In the past, I valued sleep. Independence. Growth. Maturation. And an enhancement in my own skills–teaching and writing. After my son was born, I found┬áthose values shifting. Now, I value collaboration. Time. And laughter. Growth and maturation are two things I could never give up, but I try to find a balance. I don’t dedicate my life to writing for hours. I also dropped a nasty habit of researching. Google has been my friend for years, but we’re spending a lot less time together. When…

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8.8.14

It’s official. I’m a daddy. My little man exited the womb last Friday at 3:54 pm. He gave his mom a hard time on the way out, but she had an extremely fast labor, so I’m happy. One of my close friends, Tracy, recently asked, “Are you ready to be a father?” To that, I had a very snarky reply. Now that my guy is by my side, I’m definitely ready. More than ever, I’m scared. I’m not afraid of taking care of him or the lack of sleep. I’m…

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New Writing Technique

I’m growing up to be a big boy. Yeah. I’m still 5’6, but I’ve matured as a writer. Last week, I sat down to write a plot outline. Gasp! I know. Me writing an outline? In the past, I used more character centered text that would allow protagonists to drive the story in various ways. This style appeals to people who read anime, but it will not lend to a best seller. Not easily at least. Here are the pros to writing a character centered story: All characters have backstories…

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Write a Novel. Complete a Novel

Somehow, I always manage to come across someone’s novel writing advice. Either it falls into my internet lap, or I search for it when I’m bored. Either way, I see the advice of others and think it’s absolute crap. Are you considering writing a novel? Then, why are you researching how it’s done? Writing a novel is all about gaining experience. Before I researched how to write over 50,000 words, I just sat down and wrote. I did this again, year after year, for two years straight. I believe I…

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Character Design: Bailey

It looks like we’re coming down to the final stretch for the cover art. I expect the cover design to be completed by the end of this month. From there, we’ll move on to a few comic pieces that will be included in the novel. For now, check out the current design for Bailey. She’s a new character that will be introduced in Barcode: Eyes That Kill. I won’t reveal her age just yet, but let’s say she supposed look fairly mature for her age.

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Super Saiyan Writing 

Writing From Experience

Too many writers use the experience of characters from other novels and films to develop their characters. That’s why imagination is relatively low nowadays. Characters are often one dimensional because the writer doesn’t know how to convey something they’ve never experienced. With that being said, I find it very difficult to write fantasy novels. I love writing from experience,which is why most of my novels have romance in them. It’s also why I use harems and love triangles *wink*. However, I struggle relaying the true challenges of a superhuman and/or…

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Mario Powerups Writing 

One Up Barcode: Eyes That Kill

I just finished Barcode: Eyes That Kill for the second time. I actually participated in NaNoWriMo last year and wrote ETK in two or three weeks. Once I was done, I finished editing Barcode: New War Order. Though I loved the story in ETK, I knew I could write something better. When I learned character design, my instructor taught me the concept of “One Up.” It’s just what it sounds like. You take your original work and make it better. With the One Up concept in mind, I wrote a…

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Frequency Flow Writing 

The Flow of Writing

Writing is about flow. Everything in life has a frequency and writing is no different. Have you ever driven behind someone on the freeway and noticed their speed increase and decrease? Have you payed attention to the way cars drift left to right ever so slightly? What about the way your emotions are stable one day but the weight of the world gets you the next? That’s life. A frequency of ups and downs. I’ve discovered my writing flow. Knowing my ups and downs allows me to maximize my potential…

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One Character Fits All

One character solves all your problems. You know what I’m talking about. If not… Check this out: Don’t get me wrong. He’s my favorite actor, but how many times can someone write a movie that’s made just for him? We know he’s the calmest action hero ever. Denzel came out the womb a badass. He told his mom, “Hey…I’m hungry. Do something about it,” before looking at the doctor and saying, “You’ve got five seconds to put me in my mother’s hands. Five seconds before this whole place becomes my…

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