Category: Writing

Adding Character Depth Through Perception

By Lee Masterson How do you describe your character’s physical appearance? It’s not always easy to describe your characters without resorting to the cliched “She looked in the mirror and saw…” Likewise, setting the scene for each part of your story is an important element of building your fictional world. In fact, some authors go [...]

A Writer’s Gameplan: Show and Tell

Many of us have read stories or books that we have thought are quite dull. They fail to capture our fancy or our imagination. Often, the writers fail because they never truly make us believe their stories are real. We believe things are real when we see them, or touch them, or taste them, or [...]

A Writer’s Gameplan: Character Development

We begin a new series this week focused on helping out writers. For about twelve years I have been writing, teaching, and editing and over the course of those years I have picked up a few things that I know will be beneficial. What follows is not the book on writing short stories, but I [...]

Pondering How Much My Novel Is Worth

By Kelly Huddleston Yesterday I had an interesting discussion with a few members on the Amazon Kindle Forum regarding the list price of my book. It started when I wrote a post inviting Amazon Kindle readers to check out my book. I included the synopsis, the list price, and a link to my book’s page. [...]

Killing Time

by Sharon M. White Ever wonder what defining event twists a person just enough to make them want to be a horror writer? News flash: There is no one single defining event. Usually, there is no cluster of defining events, either. There are just those of us who like scaring the hell out of people [...]

The 3 Day Writing Method

By Bobby Owsinski After 6 books (including 3 second editions) and a few hundred magazine articles, I’ve been asked over and over again by friends, business acquaintances, and neophyte writers if I have a formula. After stumbling around without a consistent technique early on like most novice writers, I eventually developed a method of writing [...]

It’s Our Anniversary

Three years ago we started this little venture called the Opinion Guy. Our ambitions were modest, our expectations meager. We wanted to provide readers with something good to read, a place they could keep coming back because they knew they would find something interesting and something evocative on a regular basis. We wanted to provide [...]

Feed Off Reading and Ten Books On My Must Read List

Recently, I was shopping for the holiday season and passed a book store. I cannot help but stop when I pass a bookstore. I suppose it is like a liquor store to a drunkard or a lingerie store to a man or a cake shop to a woman. Full of enticement. I shuffled through all [...]

Sparks by Ahmed A. Khan

Ahmed A. Khan’s incredible range is apparent in this collection of fifteen stories. Tweet

Writing and Running: Two Sides of the Same Coin

Sometimes a different perspective does wonders. I run everyday, in part because I love to run. But I also run because that is when the stories start flowing in my mind. Great dialogues and interesting plot twists, characters that jump off the page and into my heart. I forget most by the time I get [...]