Write for Those You’ll Impact

Today, I’m prepared to delve into the emotional side of writing.  It’s my homage to the holiday.  Valentine’s Day, at least in our culture, has been dedicated to red paper hearts, flowers, creme-filled chocolates, expensive dinners and anything else you can … Continue reading

Music Calms the Savage Breast…and Whets the Creative Knife

Give a song lyric and a one sentence pitch for what your story is about.  This was the prompt that lead me to enter the writing contest hosted by Larry Brooks at www.Storyfix.com The idea inspired me.  Writing contests are great practice for … 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

Six Elements of Writing a Scene

I recently encountered a technique for fleshing out a scene that has blown my mind with its insightful attention to detail.  Whether writing the scene for the first time or rewriting it because it needs more substance or just plain rewriting the scene … Continue reading

The Great Balancing Act

How in the world am I supposed to write, rewrite, edit, market myself, blog, find an agent, network and find time for the seemingly hundreds of things that writers are “supposed to do” in order to establish themselves and win the … Continue reading

Concrete vs. Conceptual

All right everyone, put on your thinking caps.   I’m considering the ways we prefer to be inspired. At a WOTS steering committee meeting last night we were debating the theme for our next year’s writing contest.  Entrants are given a word or phrase which they must use … Continue reading