Rustmonster Goes Steampunk

I enjoy experimenting when it comes to music composition. I am blessed to have a group of friends who are not only awesome musicians but they too like to move into uncharted musical territories. The new Rustmonster album fits in this category. We have recorded 2 albums so far under the name Rustmonster. The first…

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Review: The Book of Three

The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander My rating: 2 of 5 stars Rehash of the Old Cliché Some grand childhood memories should never be rekindled as adults. The Book of Three, to me, fits in this category. As a young man, I remember reading this novel and thinking it was the best thing ever.…

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Review: Lisey’s Story

Lisey’s Story by Stephen King My rating: 2 of 5 stars Too Much Wander, Not Enough Meat Bear in mind, this is coming from a devout Stephen King fan. If you are looking for something from Stephen King to read and you have Lisey’s Story in one hand and another of his novels in the…

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Review: Go Set a Watchman

Go Set a Watchman by Harper Lee My rating: 2 of 5 stars An Aimless, Wandering Affair With Not Much Punch To Kill a Mockingbird is almost universally hailed as the greatest American novel ever written for a reason. After waiting so many decades for something more from Harper Lee, it is difficult not to…

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Jeremy Jack Bieber or Justin Bieber: What’s the Difference? An Author’s Written Disclaimer

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I get asked all the time: Craig, why did you write a novel about Justin Bieber? Aren’t you a bit old for that? My answer is always the same: I didn’t write a novel about Justin Bieber. True, my novel, Bieber’s Finger DOES have a character named Bieber. But you won’t find the words Justin…

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Using Witchcraft to Craft a Character – Craig Nybo

Click here for Craig’s Character Sketch.

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I Invite You to My Fantasy World – Follow a New Novel in Progress

Greetings all. I thought I would try something new. I am currently working on my 7th book. I am extremely excited about this novel. It is a supernatural investigative thriller that follows Block Vang, a newspaper man, as he unravels the story behind a small town secret that tends to kill people in its community.…

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Craig Nybo – 2015 Creative Review – 12-28-2015

Craig discusses his projects from 2015, including his 6th book, Terrifying Lies, the Gangrene Film Festival, Rustmonster, and Freestyle Gargoyles. He also gives a brief preview of what he is working on for 2016.

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Why I write

Novelists like me who try for Amazon self publishing and other DIY channels stand at the head of a long alleyway. If success rests on the other end of that alley, then the dark walk through that ally is full of obstacles, vicious stray animals, muggers ready to steal money, missing manhole covers, swinging pianos,…

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Craig Nybo Reviews Paul Genesse’s The Secret Empire | A Killer Read by a Killer Author

Truly a great adventure from Paul Genesse a great author Paul Genesse offers the third installment in his Iron Dragon series, a novel entitled The Secret Empire, and he doesn’t do so lightly. This book stands as the most fulfilling of the entire series thus far. Although the other two books are worth your time.…

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Tighten Your Writing by Eliminating -ing Words

Improve your writing by watching for -ing words and weak verbs Strong prose projects lucid imagery from the page into readers’ minds. To accomplish this, good authors craft sentences that possess clear objects and 3-dimensional verbs. Strong verbs invigorate prose; they engage readers; they bring description and motion to writing. Therefore, good authors do everything…

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The Best Books about Writing Fiction

I have adopted the practice of reading a how-to book to improve my writing between every novel draft. In doing so, I have read some of the best books about writing fiction. I enjoy teaching writing classes. I spend a great deal of time visiting libraries, schools, and even small writing groups to share the…

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The Secret of Writing: Writing

As I round down on the seventh draft of my new novel, Small Town Monsters, I can’t help but reflect on what it takes to be a writer. I am blessed to be surrounded by creative people all the time. Friends ask me often for advice to help them to write, especially to write novels.…

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Kill Your Babies: The Best Writing Advice

Writers overwrite; that’s just the way it is. Authors might even get attached to certain passages of their prose. After all, writing, in a way, is like giving life to a new baby. Good writers delete. They learn to make every word of their prose count. Less is more, as the old saying goes. Stephen…

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How to Self-publish Your Novel

Any author who has tried to get a literary agent or, even less likely, submit work directly to big publishing houses, understands what rejection feels like. For even polished writers, it is not unusual to spend years submitting work only to see the rejection letters stack up.

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