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
Lurking behind every set of eyes is a story. Some unfold effortlessly, intriguing you and drawing you in until you crave more. But what about that story that is held captive behind the eyes of its creator? That is the story I'm seeking to set free. During November I'm offering to teach and motivate four … Continue reading Speaking FREEly
You can't steer a parked car. I can't tell you the number of people who have confessed to me, "I've had a story in my head for years." From there the comments go different directions. Some say, "I should really write that thing someday." Others, "I wish I could write but I'm no writer." In … Continue reading Pen Tip #1: Where to Begin
You may notice I've changed the look of my site. Thank you for your patience as I get my fonts and things matched up. Plus, I'll add more content as I go along. I moved over to WordPress from Blogger a while back so it appears as though I'm brand new on the scene. I … Continue reading A Fresh New Look
It is that time again! Every November a group of people across the nation (and perhaps around the world) take on a writing challenge. It is National Novel Writing Month, better known as NaNoWriMo. I'm going to use November as a time to progress on my current novel, Sword of the Butterfly, book II of … Continue reading NaNoWriMo
Gone are the days when a merchant puts a board in a window of a shop along some street in town among local markets. Advertising has grown to be an electric light driven pixel package, virtual and intangible. The window is in the hands of everyone with a login ID. Writers are encouraged to blog … Continue reading Spontaneity: Friend or Foe?
I'm gearing up again for the Literary Clay series to be held at Launching Success in Bellingham, WA. Check out the new Literary Clay tab on this site for more information. This series will be aimed toward the high school homeschooler. More sessions inviting a broadened audience will be coming in the future. Cheers! Shai
The theme of the summer seemed to be 'driving' as we rolled along the Pacific Northwest highways in slow progression halfway across the country. I have always loved a good road trip, but using both hands to keep a car on the road is somewhat prohibitive to the writing process. The summer was amazing - … Continue reading Driving Progress
Introducing the Literary Clay online creative writing workshop! Early registration is $15. After May 1st, the price will be $20. At either price you will receive valuable coaching and practical guidance with various assignments, writing prompts, and training sessions. I hope to 'see' you there! (Register on the Events tab)
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