When writing isn’t easy

I find my muse in the closet, behind the spot where the cat hides in storms, behind heavy coats, in the darkest safest place. She looks up at me above tear-streaked cheeks, with more moisture rolling down rosy tender curves. I'm not working at that office today. I can spend some time with you. Are … Continue reading When writing isn’t easy

Publishing Comparisons (POD vs POD)

(Updated because I can't believe I didn't include Scribd!) (Updated again for some interesting International info for non-US folks trying to publish on Amazon!) I had my mouse cursor hovering over the Upload button at lulu.com, but I am truly thankful that I took more time to research the POD / self publishing / vanity … Continue reading Publishing Comparisons (POD vs POD)

Where do you find characters?

I've taken a nearly 30-day hiatus from this blog while I got heavily involved in this writing project. I don't always multitask well, so I felt it was better to streamline the number of pots I was putting my fingers into in any given day.I even abandoned Twitter for the duration, which was actually kind … Continue reading Where do you find characters?

Character motivation drives plot!

There is a tremendous difference between having a character walk through a set of plot elements, and letting that same character crash cleanly through them because he/she is properly motivated.I was reading a younger writer's efforts last year, and this extreme example has stayed with me: The main hero was standing in the middle of … Continue reading Character motivation drives plot!

Building stronger story themes

Strong stories are built on strong thematic elements, or combinations of many strong elements. Otherwise, it's not a strong story - just a nice character study that moves around a bit with some pretty scenery. Right? So it stands to reason that if we can dissect a strong story we can find those elements and … Continue reading Building stronger story themes