Not, No, Never

The Power of “Not Now”

October 14, 2020 dkeener 0

There’s a funny sort of confidence that came to me after I’d worked on my writing craft for a couple of years. For as long as I could remember, I’d toiled away, trying to make my writing perfect. Then I learned that I could defer changes until later, i.e. – […]

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Critical Awareness

November 2, 2019 dkeener 0

NANOWRIMO is here, otherwise known as National Novel Writing Month. It is an endeavor in which folks attempt to complete 50K words of writing (a short novel) in the month of November. I applaud the initiative. Writers write. To be bluntly obvious, that’s what makes us writers. If you have […]

Blurbing

Blurb Writing Exercises

July 5, 2019 dkeener 0

This is a writing exercise developed by my friend, John Dwight. He ran this exercise for the Hourlings Writing Group back in March. INTRODUCTION A plot can be described by the following high-level template: When [situation], a [specific person] must do [something] or else [stakes]. Strangely, this is mostly what […]

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IngramSpark Hardcover Production

February 8, 2019 dkeener 0

I had a great training session on how to produce a hardcover with IngramSpark from fellow author Martin Wilsey today. Marty is also the publisher of Tannhauser Press, a small local press, so he’s gained quite a bit of experience producing trade paperbacks, mass market paperbacks, ebooks, audio books and […]

Workshop

Workshop Coordinator for Capclave 2019

January 17, 2019 dkeener 0

I’m pleased to have been asked by Bill Lawhorn, of the Washington Science Fiction Association (WSFA), to be the Workshop Coordinator for Capclave 2019. WSFA is the organization that runs Capclave, an annual SF/Fantasy literary convention, and Bill is the Chair for Capclave 2019. I was pleased to accept the […]

Martin Wilsey at Work

Hand-Selling Books, a Master’s Approach

July 5, 2018 dkeener 0

My friend and fellow author Martin Wilsey is a master at hand-selling his books. This is a picture of him at his table at an event called Manassas Reads. Let’s examine for a moment why he’s so good at selling books at events like this one. There are no other […]

Post-Apocalyptic Stories: What Comes After the End?

May 27, 2018 dkeener 0

Everybody loves a good apocalypse. And there are lots of post-apocalyptic stories that are worth your attention. For the “Post-Apocalpytic Fiction” panel at Balticon, I compiled a list of some of the most memorable books, and a few movies, that deal with the topic. I gave the list away as […]