On Writing Archive

Author Q’s: Your own writing style?

This seventh in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed. Having been interviewed by various people, magazines, and websites, I have plenty of Q and A to share.  When I was interviewed online

Author Q’s: Must authors be grammar nazis?

The sixth in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed. Having been interviewed by various people, magazines, and websites, I have plenty of Q and A to share.  When I was interviewed online

Author Q’s: What inspires you to write?

  This marks the fifth in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed. Having been interviewed by various people, magazines, and websites, I have plenty of Q and A to share.  When I

Author Q’s: What books inspired you?

Interviewed by Donna Campbell Smith for the Grey Area News, here is a Q and A. This marks the forth in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed.  Last time we talked about

Author Q’s: What is “Worldbuilding?”

Interviewed by Donna Campbell Smith for the Grey Area News, here is a Q and A. This marks the third in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed.  Last time we talked about

Author Q’s: What is Scifi?

Interviewed by Donna Campbell Smith for the Grey Area News, here is a Q and A. This marks the second in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed.  Last time we talked about

Author Q’s: Plotter or Pantser?

Interviewed by Donna Campbell Smith for the Grey Area News, here is a Q and A. This marks the first in a series of blog posts of interview questions I have enjoyed.   Q) What is your

For Authors: Press Release Template

My local newspaper, the award winning “Wake Weekly” of Wake Forest, NC, ran an article this year, on my local scifi book club’s special meeting. We were thrilled to have Sylvain Neuvel join us via Skype. He answered

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?

Where did you get the idea for your most recent book? Micheal Lee Nelson A: During my teen years, I brainstormed and worked out my own answer to an old unanswered literary question I identified.Plato said “Necessity…

Taboos in Science Fiction 1: Spec fiction “hardness” ratings.

Sci-Fi Taboos I found a GREAT series of blog articles about Sci-Fi world building Taboos, by Brian Knack. I have used some of these and broken many of these in creating my “Galactic” setting and writing CERES

Life as Inspiration in Ceres2525

A frequent question asked of authors: “How does your real life intrude into or inspire your writing?” My mom loves hummingbirds and butterflies. Outside our front door she had one of the largest fuscia bushes I ever

Jurassic Sci-Fi

Working on revisions over the last few days. I finally saw the Jurrasic World movie too. Out of that I decided to move up ome revelations of one character’s backstory that should peak some interest. My redhead

Go for it!

Go for it! is the phrase of the day. Of my beta readers only one suggested a particular major revision. He has published more books than all the rest combined, though, so I give his advice some

Storyboard Outline helped me start

I watched “Finding Nemo”s and The Incredibles extra discs. I saw how they did a HUGE story board across the whole wall. I did that and wrote it down into my outline. Here’s how:I had a large collection of

Alexandra Solkolov’s Ten Things you didnt know about being a Published Author

Reblogged: http://booksthathook.com/guest-post-published/      .

Revise Your Novel Workshop

Since I am taking my 4th draft, compiling my beta reader’s feedback and revising for a final draft, this is timely. http://blog.janicehardy.com/2015/02/at-home-workshop-revise-your-novel-in.html I finished my first draft last summer. Since then I have put in far mor

Draft 4 of CERES 2525

Progress report: I have my draft 3 back from my editor. I am going through these, accepting almost all. That means she’s good! It will be draft 4 when this is done. That will go up on

The Writer’s Inspirational Theme Music

While writing I like to listen to certain songs I have collected. Some remind me of my hero, a couple of villains, others just feel heroic enough. This helps keep me on genre, mostly, and my hero

Draft Day #3

Draft Day #3!! I finished my 3rd Draft today! It is off in cyberspace to my editor! This is a huge milestone as there are few remaining steps before publishing. (at least this is the digest version list:)

BRAINSTORM: HOW TO CREATE WORMHOLES AND HOVERBOARDS?

Brainstorm: antigravity and wormholes… How? Here’s where Sci-Fi writers show some of their “speculating” about science. The “What if this is how it works?” part of unknown future physics is todays question: Remember that hover board in