Learning from Your Own Writing

My best lessons and indicators for what I should improve or refine in my work are sitting right in front of me, plain as day, in my last creation. In my case, this means that directions for improving my writing can … Continue reading

Fear of New Things

In the art world, and in most places of life, change can come as fast as a tsunami wave–and my reaction to change may be compared to the terror of standing on the beach, watching the incoming wall of water, and … Continue reading

Metaphors in Your Writing

Language works on many levels: literal, metaphorical, poetical.  As writers, we must beware of the breadth of its uses, and it behooves us to be comfortable with all of them.  A strict commercial writer (think freelance articles for magazines) would … Continue reading

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet: A Review

*SPOILER ALERT!  PLOT AND KEY POINTS IN THIS REVIEW* Cross cultural, forbidden, young love, set against the painful backdrop of World War II and the Japanese internment camps. Henry’s family proudly identified themselves as Chinese.  Keiko’s family proudly identified themselves … Continue reading

The Writer’s Journey: A Review

I have friends who don’t want to their writing to be cookie-cutter, fill-in-the-blank stories, thus they hesitate to read books on story structure.   There are many more people who just want to write stories than there are people who want to study … Continue reading

We Are All the Same: A Review of The Golden Theme

“We are all the same.” This is the core principle of Brian McDonald’s second book, The Golden Theme, and a fascinating exploration into why certain stories resonate with us as human beings. This book reads differently than his first book … Continue reading

The Four Agreements of Writing

Universal wisdom should apply universally, thus good advice should (most of the time) apply to good writing.  I stumbled upon this idea in a previous post as I considered the importance of keeping my word when I say I will do … Continue reading

Hunger Games: A Review

I just finished Suzanne Collin’s first book in the Hunger Games Trilogy.  It was a compelling, fast-paced read in an intriguing world with chilling rules and political complications that captivate the reader. I found our main character, sixteen-year-old Katniss, to … Continue reading