This November has really taught me a lot about what it means to write the first draft. And, oddly enough, I didn’t really understand the first draft until I’d written about a dozen of them. I think I’m starting to get it now, and as a self-proclaimed amateur writer and a damn fine looker-upper-of-things, I … More The First Draft
I thank you for your continued patience and support, during the week of thankfulness that is this one. Please, do not pass any chimp at your dinner table, either. Especially not to me. I’m going for an all vegan meal this year! However, due to the holiday, there will not be a blog update from … More Pass the Chimp, Please.
Well, last week I was going to prepare a lovely NaNoWriMo post for everyone, but got a bit sidetracked with a heavy dose of depression that really bogged me down. Everyone who has grown from darkness eventually returns to it, and this will be my life forever. And while that isn’t a very uplifting thought, … More Oh No WriMo
Everyone talks about having that one ride-or-die friend, but sometimes you have to stop and wonder… how good really is that friend? I mean, if they aren’t Marion Le Baron, how loyal can they really be? Marion values her friends and family above herself, in the selfless way that any hero would. That’s right, I said hero. … More Character Spotlight: Marion
Keeping with the spirit of Halloween, which is right around the corner, I’m bringing you today some lovely ideas on how to incorporate fear into your story this week. We start, with a gasp. Gasping is a sharp intake of air to display that we are shocked, frightened, excited, spooked, or otherwise scandalized. But why … More Gasp!
Wednesday already? Where has the week gone? I’ve mostly been holed up in my study or sitting on my couch with an angry face this week, when I’ve not been working in silence. That is because, my dear friends, I hit a snag. That’s right! Every writer’s worst enemy (besides writer’s block, no outlets available, … More Never Underestimate the Creative Value of a Good Meal.
Whoops! I had this ready on Wednesday, but I never actually posted it… Way to go, me. After many weeks, hearts unsure and temples aching as you peruse the EKD blog in hopes of reading about the spine-tingling event that is the Brookings Festival of Books, the wait is finally over. That’s right! I finally … More South Dakota Festival of Books
Adventure! Government conspiracies! Intergalactic war! Sound good to you? Well don’t forget about Super powers! Romance! Betrayal! Yeah, seriously, how could it get any better? Maybe with Loveable, dynamic characters! The fate of the world in the balance! And if you need any further prompting after all that, there’s a telepathic dog. If any of those things … More The Lorien Legacies
Well, we’re a day late, but at least we’re not a dollar short. Sorry for the delay, everyone, but I’ve been extremely busy and that’s kept me from sleeping. As much as I love and care about this blog… I needed rest! I’m just one person, so I used Wednesday (all of it) for sleeping. … More Whoops.
Often, it’s been said “It’s not what you know, but who you know.” If two painters are equally talented, but one of them is friends with a local art salesman and the other is not, one is more likely to succeed than the other. Whether or not we want to believe in the adage, it proves … More Who You Know.