Rod Martin, Jr.

Writer, Manuscript Consulant and Writing Coach

Writing Coach, Manuscript Consulant and Writer

 
 
 

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Welcome! I’ve been writing for most of my life in one professional capacity or another. As a former Hollywood artist and published science fiction author, I have a flare for creativity—for telling a story. As a software engineer with a bachelor’s degree, summa cum laude, I have a solid grounding in tech and logic. I’ve also studied a wide variety of sciences, art and history. These have invested in my ability to write.

As a writer, I specialize in projects requiring critical thinking and in whittling down complex ideas into easy-to-understand concepts. I find all the powerful reasons why we should agree with a proposition, but I only write what I believe in. And the beliefs I do have are based on fact. When I discover new facts, I adjust my beliefs to match reality. This is not flip-flop; this is following a hunger for truth. It’s also remaining humble enough to admit that I don’t know everything, and that some of the things I’ve learned have been proven wrong. As a writer, this is called “honesty.”

As a writing coach and consultant, I focus on helping others communicate their ideas and feelings. I take all the things I know about art, science and logic and bring them to bear on any task a client wants improved.

A top physicist once said that a scientist needs to be able to explain his discovery to a barmaid (from a quote by Ernest Rutherford, Nobel Prize winning physicist for his work on the structure of the atom). When they can do that, they truly understand their own topic.

Writing skills I utilize on my own projects and in my coaching include,

  • The mechanics of grammar, the rules of English and how to break those rules effectively;
  • How to use powerful language to get a point across, but without weighting it down with too much flowery or pedantic prose;
  • Critical thinking, logic, and reason, plus avoidance of logical fallacies in making a case for a claim or proposition;
  • Enabling self-reliance, humility and compassion—critical elements in a writer’s arsenal;
  • Exploring the attitudes that make a great writer; and
  • Navigating the treacherous shoals of writer’s block and other barriers to excellent writing.

 

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