May 12, 2020

Midnight Sun on Amazon: http://kennethabaldwin.com/recommends… Stephanie Meyers recently announced a new addition to the Twilight Saga, Midnight Sun. She joins a host of other authors who have attempted to add to their popular works years after their original success. So, today Instead of Writing we’re talking about whether or not we should be excited about…

April 9, 2020

A lot of writers struggle with writing good dialogue, especially when it comes to humor. I’ve got four suggestions to improve your dialogue significantly. Dialogue is great because it’s an aspect of writing you can be really meticulous about getting correct and see results for your efforts. It’s not as nebulous as first pages, opening…

March 27, 2020

You may find yourself with ample time on your hands. Even if you love books and not interacting with other human beings, eventually the call for companionship emerges and even us most bookish, introverted people need some social interaction. But how to do it? Well, it turns out there is a whole series of board…

March 18, 2020

I’ve been a fan of The Princess Bride since I was a child. Something about the daring rescue, the high stakes, and the quasi-magical setting had me hook, line, and sinker. When I first read the book by William Goldman, I didn’t understand why there were all the modern-day interludes in there. (I was young,…

March 18, 2020

Red Rising by Pierce Brown is the start of an intense series where Hunger Games meets Ender’s Game meets Julius Ceaser. With a lot of sci-fi/dystopian stuff already out there, is this book worth the hype or worth a walk-by? Well today, I’m breaking down whether or not this book would be a good fit…

February 27, 2020

The Devil in the White City, by Erik Larson, is largely touted to be a gripping tale of the rise of America’s most notorious serial killer. I’m here to tell you that it isn’t true. It’s much more interesting than that. The tale that Erik Larsen weaves about the utter transformation of Chicago and America’s…

February 24, 2020

It took me a while to dig in Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. It came out in 1996. But I’m glad I finally picked up a copy. An urban fantasy set in a magical world below contemporary London, the book has a lot to offer, and it delivers in true, witty Neil Gaiman fashion. If you haven’t…

February 13, 2020

This week, I return to a wonderful place called Evermore Park for its Aurora season. The portal to their town has opened again and welcomed a new, unique set of guests and trouble. Frost lords, Wolf clans, werewolves, weddings… what better place to be instead of writing? Evermore is an immersive fantasy park, where guests…

January 31, 2020

It’ll soon be an Amazon Original series, and you may be asking yourself. Is the Wheel of Time worth reading? After all, it’s a long epic fantasy series, and you won’t be finishing it in a week (most likely). You need some knowledge before an investment like that. Well, today instead of writing, I’m going…

January 22, 2020

Last time on Instead of Writing, we talked about the Bare-bones Sketch Challenge. To illustrate the type of sketch I was talking about, I present Uncle Kevin and the Garage Sale Bike. Here’s how it breaks down: 2 characters: Kevin (laid back) and Kenny (uptight) One setting: A parked car Objective: Provide five-year-old Joey with…