Thank you, Launching Success, and students of this round of Literary Clay. Stay tuned for future workshops. I'm developing new sessions to add to the originals that will help you pull your stories from the shadows of your mind into a readable form that can be shared! Until next time, cheers and happy writing. Shai
I've been asked what the background image is on my site. It's one of my favorite chairs. Photos of it appear in various places - as a background on this site (though seriously edited), on social media, and in a book that is soon to be released called Fingerprints on my Heart. Mystery solved! Now, … Continue reading The Background Image
Gabe was in line for coffee at a street corner coffee vendor and heard a commotion behind him. He turned to see a woman run out of a bank and a man with a blue jacket chase her and take her to the ground. Gabe was incensed that some nasty wicked male individual was assaulting … Continue reading Pen Tip #4: POV Isn’t a Virus
Growling, she flashed her dagger like teeth in the piercing morning rays as she extracted herself from the comfort of her warm den. The air held a tension as she groped her way in the first light like an agitated, fearsome sloth, her talons scraping on the rock floor as small creatures scurried noisily around … Continue reading To Vanquish an Evil
Many thanks to the participants of Building Strong Characters! We did some fabulous work together! See you next week!
"I don't know where to start," I was told by a very creative story teller. He is a seriously talented individual who can think of awe inspiring stories on the fly! But when asked to put his stories into writing so they can be shared or read by others, he declined based on his mental … Continue reading Pen Tip #3: Unpacking, and a Challenge
Thank you, participants of the first Literary Clay workshop, and thank you, Launching Success! I'm looking forward to future sessions!
How do you keep your book from landing at the second hand store next to a literary work about bent staples or diverse types of manure? Or worse, what if your book never leaves your own hand? If a reader can't connect with your characters they'll stop reading, and that's death to a writer. In … Continue reading Three Dimensional Characters
The wind pushed my car out of its lane for the third time to the rhythm of the windshield wipers on the highest setting. The rain pelted down in sympathy out of the blackness as if a giant invisible heart were breaking. Leaves pulsed in horizontal blasts at the mercy of the wind. I would … Continue reading Mission of Grace
Teaser - These next four simple paragraphs could change your writing forever, but you need all four. The atmosphere of a coffee shop is inviting to writing and other activities that involve little more than an internet connection. The smells of coffee and sweet treats. The sounds of milk being steamed. People talking to one … Continue reading Pen Tip #2: Atmosphere