What is writer’s block?
It’s that inexplicable dead silence in your brain when you fire up the laptop to work on a novel, a chapter, a short story… a blog post. It’s that debilitating feeling of utter emptiness where a story should be. You know its there, just moments ago while driving home you had a great idea but now you’re at your laptop and it’s nothing but crickets. Right? Continue reading
Can beauty be found in chaos?
My knee-jerk reaction is: “Pfft. Absolutely not. Chaos is terrible and serves no purpose, there must be order in all things.”
But then I wrote a book and it changed my mind. Continue reading
Have you ever been disappointed in a show or book because the villain is taken down too easily? Or conversely, lost interest because the villain is just too powerful, or to indestructible? Continue reading
Writing is like driving at night in the fog. You can only see as far as your headlights, but you can make the whole trip that way.
-E. L. Doctorow
I have been working on my first novel for a year now, but if I’m being honest I’ve not been serious about it. It’s always just something I work on when I don’t have anything else and even then only half assed. I guess subconsciously I put it so far up on a pedestal that it sort of became this magical, unobtainable glass ceiling that only “real authors” were allowed to achieve. Continue reading
Have you ever participated in a writing contest? How about a flash fiction one? How about a flash fiction challenge with only 48 hours to write, edit, and have beta read a story, in an assigned genre you may or may not be familiar with? You should, it’s a great teaching tool. Continue reading
A few months ago I wrote a short story about a gangster who was beaten and left for dead and forced to walk back into the city to exact his revenge. I drew on all my experiences of pain, Continue reading
Do you ever find your story wandering off down random paths or fizzling out into mundane nothingness or worse halting at the first sign of a plot twist?
Right now, there are dozens of Continue reading
Some people thrive with a deadline looming up head and some people freeze into a block of ice.
For me, if the deadline is for my scheduled spot on the group blog, a paid for contest, or some other reason where people are counting on me then the project is first priority. Continue reading
The pen is an instrument of discovery rather than just a recording implement.
Holding a pen in my hand is like having a magic wand with the power to turn the images, emotions, and ideas in my imagination into a tangible and shareable piece of literature. There’s something organic and pure and cathartic in using a real pen that you can’t get from a lifeless keyboard. Continue reading
Do you know how to build a fire?
If you were stranded out in the woods with only the clothes on your back, would you know how to get the life-saving fire going? Sounds easy right? Get some sticks, set them on fire and done.
Not exactly, there’s more too it than that.