Despite the capacity to write a story on a dozen different devices and applications, I will always print my manuscripts. Continue reading New World, Old Tech
I went to the book sale today. Should I have gone to the book sale? The answer is an unequivocal no. But I went, knowing I am a weak, and I returned with bounty. Continue reading The Ever-Expanding TBR Pile
Be a writer, they said. It will be easy, they said. Continue reading 13 Stages of Writing a Novel
I do not have a half-naked Greek Goddess of muse and creativity lying across my bed. Inspiration doesn’t work like that. Continue reading So Where Do the Stories Come From, I Wonder
External conflict on its own rarely stands up as being big enough, emotional enough or important enough. Yes, external factors are important in keeping a story moving, but internal factors are the driving force behind character arc and development, and our pathways to making two-dimensional, imaginary characters human. Real. Continue reading Conflict, Inside and Out
As wonderful as my character’s tragic backstory or hushed conversation might be, none of that matters an iota if I don’t get the beginning right. Continue reading Don’t Start at the Beginning
If you follow write what you know literally, you are going to severely limit yourself as a writer.