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
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