Ill Prepared

Frank Sinatra crooned, “I’ve gotta be me.” I’ve been trying that my whole life, but I’m not sure my individuality always works in my favor.

Rules of Writing

Despite the fact that YA Author Tom Hoover hates rules—that he does his best to not follow them—this blog is all about the rules of writing.

What Is Writing?

Who knew that a simple comma could be so controversial? That’s what happens when you mix grammar rules with a self-appointed member of the grammar police.

Rhythm sans Blues

Dance like no one is watching, march to the beat of your own drum, and follow your own rhythm in writing your novel. At least that's what I try to do.

Reflecting on Rules

Rules have an important purpose in writing. And good writing knows when to follow the rules and when to break them.

Tag, You’re It

Dialog tags are the foundation of writing for some people. But for others, like me, I need more than just “said” and “asked” because many times, my characters hiss, snap, yell, and spit.

Rules, Shmules

Some rules are good. But preferences that people make into rules? They’re stupid and should be questioned and are begging to be defied.