Nine Month Kickoff

Last Tuesday I started thinking about how I was going to get back on the train of the blogosphere after being somewhat MIA [missing in act] for six weeks. As an “unpublished” writer, I don’t feel qualified to give advice to any other writer, so posts stressing how to do anything concerning the craft is …

Stomping On Hate

A few days ago I woke up with a multitude of health problems. Some were easy fixes. I opened the new bottle of Ibuprofen and swallowed two with water. That took care of the headache and the chronic leg pain for a while so that I could come up with some sort of plan to …

Character What?!

Regardless of the years of education I’ve had within the subject of creative writing, I didn’t learn the finer points of storytelling. I know, of course, a character should have his or her own personality, flaws, traits, dreams, and whatever else I can’t think of at the moment. I also know that a good story …

Before The Story

I have an online friend, Jacqui Murray, who puts so much effort into her groundwork for her books that I’m utterly stupefied by it. She does research, charts, diagrams, maps, worksheets, spreadsheets, and heaven knows what else. She is the ultimate plotter. How much detail should go into the preliminary work of a novel? When …