Public Service Announcement: RSPC Will be Migrating

It’s just time. I’ve been running both this website and EveningSatellite.com, our book imprint, for almost two years, and I’ve felt more and more like we didn’t need two websites.

So this blog will be migrating to EveningSatellite.com in the next couple of weeks. My sources on the interwebs tell me that I should be able to do this with no detriment to our followers, content, etc., since they’re both WordPress.com sites, but I am wary.

So if you suddenly come here and it looks a bit different, that’s why. Continue reading “Public Service Announcement: RSPC Will be Migrating”

The One Question Required to Write Speculative Fiction

I don’t talk a whole lot about genre in this space, mostly because I think it’s difficult — and not altogether necessary — to fit stories into neat little boxes.

Genres cross and overlap all over the place, and the water gets even murkier when you throw in the hundreds of hyper-specific sub-genres readers can find now.

So, as with any other theoretical discussion, if I’m going to talk about Genre, I’m going to start at the top. Continue reading “The One Question Required to Write Speculative Fiction”

Following that Narrative Thought

My writing pace has slowed down a bit in recent days, and for once, I don’t mean in pure word count.

Maybe a week ago I completed a longer chapter centered on one’s character’s POV. I knew how I wanted the chapter to go, it just took a lot of writing time and words to get there.

I’ve since moved on to the next chapter with my favorite character–Arden–and I think my writing style has shifted a bit. Continue reading “Following that Narrative Thought”

June Write-Day: Summer is Looking Up!

May turned out to be an interesting month, although the first half is a blur to me. Honestly, most of the good parts happened in the last two weeks.

We had a nice weekend at the family lakehouse, where our son was baptized by his great-uncle the pastor. The baptism itself was a nice at-home affair, and was more about the family gathering than anything else. It also served as a great excuse to go boating and lounge in the sun, two of Teddy’s favorite activities (see above). Continue reading “June Write-Day: Summer is Looking Up!”

Wattpad Friends!

I promise I didn’t forget to post today. I just neglected to. So in lieu of a post, I bring an update from the land of Wattpad, where you can read “The Grand Mythos of Úr’Dan” for free.

As of May 25, the five published chapters of my mythic fantasy series had a grand total of 9 reads and 0 votes. I was honestly considering whether it was worth continuing publishing on Wattpad once all 12 chapters were up.

But then I got an incredible comment from that nice user up there (comments are public, so I have no qualms about sharing them here).

Since then, my total reads have jumped to 17, with 1 vote on my first chapter! Hopefully, all those new readers continue onto later chapters, but it’s just a great confidence boost to see a random person enjoying my work and passing it on to his friends.

That’s it for now.

Steve D

May Write Day: Little Writing, Much Awesome

I did not write very much in April. I honestly cannot tell you what I was doing instead of writing.

I applied for a bunch of jobs. We road tripped around Lake Michigan for 10 days, and then… Awesome Con. Writing was completely lost in that mix, but it was still a great month overall.

Continue reading “May Write Day: Little Writing, Much Awesome”

Don’t Sweat the First Draft

Writing the first draft of your manuscript is tough. I think it’s easily the hardest part of the entire publishing process. Not only are you trying to create a plot with authentic characters in a believable setting, but you want it to sound good. There’s a constant pressure to write something worthwhile, for you and for your future readers.

However, there is one thing I constantly have to remind myself of before I get bogged down in perfecting my first draft: don’t sweat it so much.

Continue reading “Don’t Sweat the First Draft”

5 Reasons Wattpad is Great for Writers

As some of you may already know, I’ve started publishing a series of short myths on Wattpad this year.

I’ve done my best to remain active on Wattpad, rather than just pushing Publish and logging out. After several months of pretty consistent use of this social writing platform, I wanted to highlight some of the things I think it does well. Continue reading “5 Reasons Wattpad is Great for Writers”

Using Side Characters to Provide Perspective

Perspective can be one of the most important aspects of writing an in-depth, detailed narrative, especially when world building is a big part of your writing.

World building is the reason I started writing.

So, that means sometimes I want to write about the story underneath the plot–the cultural or historical context, even if it just pertains to one character’s arc. Continue reading “Using Side Characters to Provide Perspective”