David Alastair Hayden

author of heroic fantasy adventure novels for adults and young readers
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Are You Being a Passive Voice Patsy?

Posted by on Jan 12, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tips | 2 comments

Do you know passive voice when you see it? Can you pick up on it instantly? I wonder. Because if you’re an American and English is your first language, the answer is probably no.1 Though it’s not your fault if you don’t really know. Many times along the path between kindergarten and graduating high school, in college English and Creative...

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How To Help Your Favorite Authors

Posted by on Jan 3, 2012 in Blog, Writing Tips |

This post was originally composed by Lindsay Buroker. As authors, we spend a lot of time trying to promote our books. Our biggest obstacle is obscurity because there are a lot of books out there. No, really. A lot. We like to think that good stories are all it takes to make it (in author terms “make it” usually means “become well known enough and sell...

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My Writing Process

Posted by on Aug 14, 2011 in Blog, Writing Tips |

This is excerpted from my interview with David Wisehart on Kindle Author. DAVID WISEHART: What is your writing process? DAVID ALASTAIR HAYDEN: These days, I get up, climb the stairs to my office, and begin banging out a tale on one of my vintage manual typewriters, probably the Hermes Rocket or the Olympia SF or the Olympia SM-3, all from the 1950’s. (I...

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Present Tense

Posted by on Mar 7, 2011 in Blog, Writing Tips | 7 comments

Some people need to chill out about it. By some people I’m mostly referring to writers and hardcore readers. The world will not end if you write a story in the present tense. The world will not end if you read a story in the present tense. No story will, in fact, ever end the world. I’m bringing this up because I mentioned writing in the...

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Fast Drafting: The New Process

Posted by on Mar 5, 2011 in Blog, Writing Tips |

Some might say that what I call order is the rearranging of deck chairs on the USS Total Chaos. One man’s madness is, well, madness. Anyway, as a reminder: I have dreamt up a better way for me to write my rough drafts, which I’m calling “fast drafting” because I like giving things names. (I also love creating systems.) I’d like...

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Fast Drafting: The Old Way

Posted by on Mar 4, 2011 in Blog, Writing Tips |

I like my first drafts rough, exquisitely rough. Brillo pad. Chin of Chuck Norris. First season of Stargate SG-1. I know most writers have to get things written up mostly right before they can move on. I get that. I wish I could do the same, but that’s not how I work best. Too often I try to be like most writers and I just end up editing and revising...

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