Step Away From The Keyboard

Have I mentioned my boat? I lived on a boat. A boat means “Maintenance.” The sea is unforgiving. And boat maintenance isn’t writing, is it?

Boat Life means making repairs in exotic locations. For example, r

Waking Up In The Middle Of The Night

We all do, don’t we? Everyone wakes up in the middle of the night with the flash of panic. Don’t we?

Last night? Last night was bad.

SFF often leverages things to create character interactions and move a plot forward. …

Vacation Writing

Right now, I’m balancing writing against a day job. I did the same kind of thing for four of my six non-fiction books. While it’s a lot of work, it’s also simple. Clever folks manage to stitch together profitable work from writing and consulting. …


I’m aware that marketing is necessary. The world is full of competing stories, and I need to pitch my idea in order to lift it above the others. 

I get it. 


I’m still not enthused about it.

I wish that my experience selling non-fiction topics (note: under another name) applied here. …

The Luxury of Time

Having time to rewrite is a luxury. My alter-ego uses another name to write non-fiction. Deadlines rule. I know that for the media tie-in writers, also, deadlines are part of the business of selling words.

Outlines and Tyranny

An outline is — for me — almost essential. It’s a tyranny, and it’s subject to a great deal of change and negotiation. It’s needs to be there, but I don’t have to like it. Sometimes, there’s anarchy waving torches at the gates of the outline’s remote mountain stronghold.

 © F. L. Stevens 2019