Fantasy and Our Modern World

Fantasy and Our Modern World: A Few Observations The first truly modern fantasy work was The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R Tolkien. That’s not a statement that very many critical theorists can dispute. But what is fantasy, and how did Tolkien make it “modern” and what does it mean for us today? Fantasy is […]

Rules for Your Writing Group

In our Apex writing group, Apex is an umbrella organization that provides services for a large number of writers, but we also encourage writers to do things in smaller groups. For example, some writers are having great success by meeting together for daily writing sprints, or weekly brainstorming sessions or critique groups.  Remember, a writing group is a living, growing thing. It may change over time, and your rules need to evolve with it.

Motivation Vs. Habit – NaNoWriMo Daily Writing Tips

On the door at my gym, someone hung a sign that says, “Motivation is what gets you started. Habit keeps you going.” I began working out regularly about 20 years ago. Since then, I’ve dropped about 75 pounds, and I’ve run or walked something in neighborhood of 22,000 miles. I can’t even imagine how much […]

Setting Writing Goals to Finish Your Book

For over thirty years now, I’ve been setting writing goals. As a youngster, they were often unrealistic, of course.  “I’m going to write forty pages per day for two weeks, and I’ll have a novel done!” Well, I’ve written up to 70 pages in a day, and they were even publishable, but that was at […]