Your Fiction Addiction, Part 1

Your Fiction Addiction, Part 1

Do you ever ask yourself why you enjoy books? Or any kind of fiction? I’ve gotten a lot of mileage out of this image. It’s useful whenever posing a question. It’s okay if you haven’t thought about it. The point is to enjoy what you’re...
The Cheater, the Idiot, and the Hypocrite

The Cheater, the Idiot, and the Hypocrite

It is a long-established tradition, within literature, that characters tend to fall into archetypes. This is a somewhat depressing realization for a writer. Because writers, if they are any good, put a lot of thought and craft into their characters. So when, after...
Structure Before Character

Structure Before Character

Strangely, in my rise as a writer, I find myself in the minority on the crucial subject of structure. Because there is no end of struggling writers in this world. But I am surprised at just how many of my fellow aspirants take the idea of structure for granted....
Hint #9 — Let Evil Be Your Guide

Hint #9 — Let Evil Be Your Guide

It’s that time again. Welcome back to Hints, a miniseries of Mr. Horne’s Book of Secrets. Let’s face it: you didn’t become an author so that you could write someone else’s book, and the last thing you need is some concerned third party...
My Greatest Strength

My Greatest Strength

I recently showed one of my query letters to someone I trust. Eh, I’ve seen worse. And he let me know what he thought. The Big Question For reference, I should explain that a query letter is a written proposal put forth by an author in which he asks an agent for...