November 27, 2018

Plain and simple: Perfect is a myth because one man's trash is another man's treasure. In theory, the perfect book would be beloved by everyone. Is there such a thing? I've heard of popular books, but not perfect ones. There's always someone out there who doesn't like...

October 30, 2018

Is your project flaming out? Is the excitement wearing off? Are you bored writing it? Maybe it's time to move on. Even if the idea is a good one, you may be bored with whatever you're working on. And that's perfectly OK! 

You shouldn't feel guilty for not working on a p...

October 23, 2018

Sometimes the reason that we don't write isn't because we don't have good ideas. It's because we have too many, and we don't know where to start. How do we know which to focus on? How do we keep the focus on that one idea without skipping around?

I'd like to address the...

September 18, 2018

What are the defining characteristics of a story, and why do we as humans connect with them?

Empathy.

How do we incite Empathy?

Through our voice.

What is Voice? 

Voice is the heart of the piece. It's not just the words and what they intimate, but the feeling that you creat...

August 21, 2018

Sometimes when we're right in the middle of writing, our scene hits a dead end. Then we get discouraged, maybe a little anxious because we're on a deadline or because it was going so well just a few moments ago. 

There are a few methods I'm going to share with you to ge...

July 31, 2018

We used to live for the craft and the craft lived for us. We created despite the craft, in spite of the craft.  The craft was our opponent, and we were it's arch-enemy because it was a dance, a give and take. Will I be successful today? Will the Muse descend? We never...

July 3, 2018

Every great writer knows the complexity of character drives the plot. If you have a good, solid character that you know innately, you can put them in a situation and they just go and do stuff. They’ll take the reins from you. This is a good thing because then writers c...