Cyle Young

October 14, 2015

Villain Concept Art – The First Bondson

This is concept art for the villains in my new fantasy novel – The First Bondson. Let me know what you think.
October 12, 2015

New Concept Art – Thunder Draka

Here is a new concept image for one of the main characters in my novel, The First Bondson.  Meeta, a thunder draka, is a force to be reckoned with.   Let me know your thoughts.
October 11, 2015

New Concept Art – The First Bondson

This is new concept art for the main character in my fantasy novel, Avortovar Maligtonay. Let me know what you think.
October 8, 2015

Winning Writing Contests

When it comes to entering writing contests, it’s important to remember that winning can’t be duplicated. Many children’s sports leagues contain participation awards. Writing is very different form children’s sports. Publishers and agents aren’t looking for authors who have received participation awards. They are looking for authors who can write well enough to sell books. Contests often help speed up an agents or publishers search […]
October 5, 2015

Bogrin War Chant from The First Bondson

War chant from the villainous adversaries in my novel, The First Bondson.
October 1, 2015

New Post at TWC – The Art of Two-Dimensional Characters

A master novelist paints his story with dynamic two-dimensional characters. The characters are woven into the story like puzzle pieces. Each is important to the final picture, but standing alone they bring no significant revelation to the final image. Two-dimensional characters are flat. They lack depth, are partially developed, and often are stereotypically inclined. But stories need two-dimensional characters. They bring the story to life, […]
September 29, 2015

Writing Contests – Winning Can’t Be Duplicated

  When it comes to entering writing contests, it’s important to remember that winning can’t be duplicated. Many children’s sports leagues contain participation awards. Writing is very different form children’s sports. Publishers and agents aren’t looking for authors who have received participation awards. They are looking for authors who can write well enough to sell books. Contests often help speed up an agents or publishers […]
September 25, 2015

My New Post at TWC – When Weed Words Creep into Your Writing

Have you ever read through your manuscript only to realize the same words keep popping up like weeds in a garden? If your answer is yes, relax—we all do it. In the flurry of keystrokes, some words just appear. You didn’t want them. You don’t remember thinking them. But nevertheless, they sprout like common weeds. Your mind can often add unintentional words to your writing. […]
July 21, 2015

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July 17, 2015

My New Blog – 5 Ways to Survive the Christian Fiction Downturn

  Check out my new blog, 5 Ways to Survive the Christian Fiction Downturn, at The Write Conversation! http://thewriteconversation.blogspot.com/2015/07/5-ways-to-survive-christian-fiction.html  
June 5, 2016

5 Tips to Help You Navigate the Christian Fiction Market

Christian fiction authors have to ponder what place they can hold in an ever-diminishing christian fiction market. The news is disheartening news for fiction authors in the CBA, but there’s a small light at the end of the tunnel. Publishers are still publishing Christian fiction—this isn’t the apocalypse. If you are a Christian fiction writer, here are 5 ways you can “roll with the punches”, and adjust […]
March 13, 2016

Jesus Eggs?

What part of the chocolate Easter bunny do you eat first? The National Confectioner’s Association reports that 76% of people eat the ears first. I tested my family—we are 100% “ear first” eaters. Easter is full of fun traditions such as chocolate Easter bunnies, egg hunts, and pastel colors. But for Christians, Easter should also be an important time of passing down the legacy of […]
January 13, 2016

Just 18 Winters

Six degrees isn’t too cold to go tubing. People always talk about summer as the most opportune time for spending time together outside with your children. While I don’t disagree, let’s not forget about winter, especially those of us who live north of the Mason-Dixon. Winter weather provides it own unique blend of family adventure opportunities, and nothing bonds a family better than freezing your […]
December 22, 2015

Happy “Early” New Year

Would you like to enjoy celebrating New Year’s Eve without the late night and cranky children? Well you can, especially if you have young children. A couple of years ago my wife and I decided to embrace YouTube to create a unique New Year’s Eve tradition. We streamed videos of New Year’s Eve celebrations from all over the world with our children. We did this […]