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March 22, 2018

The secret to good fiction isn’t plot. It isn’t setting. It’s the characters. It’s characters we want; characters we love. Characters we fall in love with. Characters that break our hearts. A good, solid character can make the most trite, contrived story feel fresh and...

March 6, 2018

All things serve the story.

Easy to say, hard to put into practice. As writers, we’re all in love with every word we grunt-and-push out of the glob of meat between our ears. We dote on them as though they were children, for that’s what they are. Writing is creative, and...

October 19, 2017

An adverb is a word that modifies a verb, adjective, another adverb, determiner, noun phrase, clause, or sentence. Adverbs typically express manner, place, time, frequency, degree, level of certainty, etc., answering questions such as how?, in what way?, when?, where?,...

October 5, 2017

Sometimes you’ll hear people discussing a visual medium such as television, and the unintended effect of some visual clue or key. “That wasn’t what I meant at all,” the director might say. Or an actor. Or the cameraman.   But in a static art such as painting or writing...

September 29, 2017

It was recently brought to my attention that, as a blogger, I’m pretty much a failure. At least, I’m a failure in that I didn’t make it clear, maybe, about who I am, what I’m doing, or even why. Also, I failed to explain what a ‘ProAm’ is, or why you all should even ca...

September 22, 2017

What sounds like just another chemistry joke (and we all know how hilarious THEY are) is actually the clearest distillation (see what I did there? Yeah, the whole post is like that, sorry) of how I see myself as a writer. I’ll explain.

Recently for my Creative Writing c...

September 15, 2017

I’m convinced that no one likes a perfect hero. No one likes a shining beacon of trust, honesty, hope, light, righteousness, and perfection. It’s boring. No one likes a hero who doesn’t have to learn and grow. No one likes a hero who never failed.

Now, the idea behind t...

September 8, 2017

I go to my coffee shop (no, it’s not StarSchmucks) for a dirty chai on ice. I walk in, I admire the place, I listen to the music I’ve likely never heard before. I leave a nice tip, because they do amazing dirty chai there (it’s black chai tea and a shot of espresso, bt...

September 1, 2017

Not yours. That’s a different tip. No, this time it’s about your characters. So many writers, either in books, television, or movies, are guilty of not taking the time to make sure their characters have their own voices.

Go listen to any random dozen conversations. See...

August 25, 2017

As a writer, I like to put my stories in places that will become sort of a third character. You don’t want stories that could take place in front of a white sheet that  seems just as valid in  Philadelphia,  New York City, or Guam. WHERE you put your story is important...

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