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No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

As we come to the final deadline for Nanowrimo, I thought I’d post a few links to writing articles to help inspire you. Keep up the good work and I wish you all success with your Nano projects! Good luck.

9 Things Every Debut Author Learns

How to Make Your Character’s Choices More Difficult

Using Conflict to Build Tension

Fight Scenes: Deep Cover & How to Write the Good Fight

The Importance of Commas, Meter, and Reading Aloud for the Fiction Writer

7 Simple Social Media Tips for Successful Authors

The Half-life of Verbs

How to Use Real People in Your Writing Without Ending Up in Court

Writing my Way Through Trauma

How to Write Faster: 8 Tips to Improve Your Writing Speed

Author Interview: Christian Warren Freed

Author Christian Warren Freed believes that life translates into our work, the good guys don’t always succeed, and some don’t survive. His goal is to provide an enjoyable ride readers will continue returning to throughout the years. Please welcome him to No Wasted Ink.

My name is Christian Warren Freed. After deciding farm life in rural Pennsylvania was not my best option, I raised my right hand and joined the US Army. Ten days after high school, I was on a plane heading for Oklahoma and basic training. The next twenty years seemed to fly by and left me in a weird place- I was a retiree and looking for a new career. I enjoy fine cigars, better whiskey, and love spending time down in the woods with my Bernese Mountain Dogs. Oh yeah, I have also decided to make a go of being as close to a professional writer as possible. Last year I started my own company: Warfighter Books, and continue building my little empire.

When and why did you begin writing?

I suppose we can go with the cliché of starting young. I made goofy comic books back in the 80s as a kid, won an award for a very poorly written horror novel in 10th grade, fiddled with a few books in the 90s. It wasn’t until I was deployed to Afghanistan in 2002 that I wrote my first real book. After that the train picked up steam and I kept writing. I retired from the Army in 2011 and knew what I wanted to do.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

I would say after putting The End on the last page of my first book. It runs in my blood though. My uncle is a historian who does a lot of work with Ken Burns and my aunt has a few books under her name aw well.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

My newest novel is a throwback to the classic film noir/ detective movies of the 40s and 50s combined with the action of James Bond and set on a galactic backdrop. One of my favorite themes is having characters who live unassuming lives that are suddenly upended by raw chaos. You never know what you’re going to get.

What inspired you to write this book?

Oh, the Lazarus Men had been stewing in my mind after a weekend of watching classic detective films and the whole noir theme. I added my style and a few scifi elements to ramp it up. The beauty of creating is I seldom know the direction my mind wanders.

Do you have a specific writing style?

I have been told to tell people I am direct to a fault. I prefer the in-your-face, straight down the throat approach. To life and writing. I enjoy writing epic battle scenes, whether it is with sword and horse or in a starship.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

I probably got the general idea from an old Batman graphic novel where his villain uses the Lazarus Pit to rejuvenate. I figured hey, what if my bad guy has that ability and builds a quiet empire of influence around it over the centuries?

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Nope, not even a little. I read a lot of books with deep philosophical messaging or questing for answers, but this is meant to be a good time, an escape from reality, and a thrill from start to finish.

Are experiences in this book based on someone you know, or events in
your own life?

I think we as authors always insert a little bit of ourselves in our characters. I haven’t been to space yet so there’s not much influence there, but I’m willing to try!

What authors have most influenced your life?  What about them do you find inspiring?

Steven Erikson wrote a very lengthy series filled with complexities beyond imagination, thousands of characters, and multiple storylines that seemingly don’t make sense through each book but are beautifully wrapped up in the final three. I wanted to do that with my opus series (the Forgotten Gods Tales). Aside from him, I use David Weber, Terry Brooks, of course Tolkien, and Dennis L. McKiernan for inspiration. They have a way with words and can draw my attention for books well over 800 pages.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

The tag team duo of Erikson and Ian Esslemont. While I haven’t spoken with either, I get so much fire from reading their books and through the world they created that I want to be like that, but in my own way. Aside from that, my mentor runs a publishing company and I bounce everything off of her before going for it. Kinda….

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

I have a handful of artists on hand to execute different styles of cover work. For this particular design I used Warren Design. It conveys the message I am putting out and themes well with the story.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Study the business. There is so much bad advice circulating, from you should write what you want to ignoring what the major publishers do because it’s your journey. Well, yes and no. There is a reason for bestsellers and a reason why yours isn’t. Follow the trends, study the business, and don’t be afraid to take chances.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Since starting out a decade ago I have had the good fortune of discovering some really die hard superfans from around the world. They know how I feel, but for everyone else: thank you for being part of this ride with me. I can string the words together, but you are the ones who determine my failure or success. Here’s to you, and the far horizon we have yet to reach!

Christian Warren Freed
Raleigh, North Carolina


The Lazarus Men

Cover Artist: Warren Design
Publisher: Hurn Publications


No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome to the top ten writing links from No Wasted Ink. This time the links are mainly writing craft. Just the thing for those of you braving Nanowrimo this month. I hope you like the links!

Writers and Illustrators of the Future Contest 2020 and 2021 Winners

Teleportation in Science Fiction

6 Questions to Help You Avoid Repetitive Scenes

Alchemy of Place: How to Create Tension Through Your Story’s Setting and Atmosphere

Market Your Novel with Character Interviews

Firearms: The Writer’s Guide to “Knowing Your Weapon!”

How Useful Are Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing?

What Are Pinch Points and Where Do They Go?

Writers: How to Tell the Future

Three Aspects of “Revision:” Reworking, Refining, and Revisioning

Author Interview: R.K. Bentley

Author RK Bentley considers himself fortunate in being able to self publish a comic book when self publishing was in it’s infancy and now self publishing a novel. Please welcome this enterprising author to No Wasted Ink.

Hello my name is R. K. Bentley and I started off reading novels and comics books in my teens, in college I self published 4 issues of a b+w comic book and several years later I discovered National Novel Writing Month. I began to write my first novel when I joined the Association of Rhode Island Authors and created a writing group called the Rhody Writing Group. It took me eight years to finish my first novel and I published it in 2018. I’m working on the sequel now.

When and why did you begin writing?

I began writing in Junior High School. My first story was the novelization of the first episode of a cartoon show known as The Transformers. My other stories were self insertion Robotech fan fiction before I knew what fan fiction was. After getting a suggestion to write in my own universe I did just that. I wrote because it was fun and enjoyable.

When did you first consider yourself a writer?

It’s an interesting question because in my mind, anyone can write. I never wrote a short story before I was always geared towards manuscripts so I considered myself a writer when I co-wrote the first issue of Totems, the b+w comic book I helped self published during college.

Can you share a little about your current book with us?

My current book is called Where Weavers Daire and it’s a mishmash of science fiction and fantasy. It takes place on a planet where immortals and mortals living not exactly in harmony. There are machines, mages and mortals. It’s the first in a series.

What inspired you to write this book?

What inspired me to write the book was I sitting on this universe for years and started writing in it during NaNoWrimo but never finished it. In the end, I wanted to publish a story, any story set in that verse so I decided to write prequel series sort of a Avengers Assemble / Gathering story.

Do you have a specific writing style?

Third person omniscient past tense. I try to write scenes instead of overview so getting the readers in the heads of the characters. I’ve tried first person but it’s never caught my fancy.

How did you come up with the title of this book?

It went through several title changes until I decide to spoof the movie Where Eagles Dare. The title isn’t a misprint, there’s a house of mages in the series called Daire. It’s book one of Stuk on the Hollow series, another play on words since the characters are stuck on this rogue planet called Stuk’s Hollow.

What authors have most influenced your life? What about them do you find inspiring?

Cherie Priest. Tanya Huff. Dean Koontz. James S. A. Corey. John Scalzi. I like the stories they write and their writing styles. I’ve seldom have had to lem a book from any of them.

If you had to choose, is there a writer would you consider a mentor? Why?

I would consider John Scalzi a mentor because he gives out great advice to up and coming writers. He’s very down to earth and isn’t full of himself. He never sugar coats it.

Who designed the cover of your book? Why did you select this illustrator?

The cover was pre-made by damonza.com and once I saw it I thought it fit the book perfectly. The price was right in my budget as well. It was stroke of luck to find a company that had a cover that barely needed to be edited and fit the theme of the book so well.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

If you’re writing a short story: finish it. If you’re writing a novel: finish it. Once you finish it keep writing, get your work critiqued and edited. Expect feedback you don’t want to hear. Take notes and keep writing. Don’t throw it all away just because someone give you feedback you don’t want to unless…of course there is always the possibility your writing is shit and then, well, maybe it’s time to try something new.

Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

I know Weaver was a confusing here and there but I promise it will all make sense in later books…I hope. 🙂

R. K. Bentley
Providence, RI


Where Weavers Daire

Cover Artist:
Publisher: RKB Studios


No Wasted Ink Writers Links

No Wasted Ink Writers Links

Welcome to No Wasted Ink’s writer’s links. Below are the top-ten links to articles about the craft of writing, science fiction/fantasy genre, and poetry. This week I was heavy into reading abou craft, and therefore these links reflect that. I hope you enjoy them!

2021 SFPA Poetry Contest Winners

Level Up: Think Like a Teacher

Why Fantasy Should Seem Real

Disney, you must bring the Captain America musical to Avengers Campus

Like Learning to Ride A Horse

On the Kind of Fiction Called Morbid

Can Self Or Hybrid Publishing Land You On The Best-Seller List?

How Far is Too Far With a Pseudonym?

Hacking: The Secret Spice of Modern Storytelling

The Problem With Multiple Viewpoints