WHAT DAY IS IT? I feel like I’m losing it. Not just because I’m approaching 50 years old, and that’s when we start to lose track of things. It’s happening to me daily and I … Continue reading Reframing Time to Uncover Your Identity
I’VE GOT A PROBLEM Once J.D. Barker began mentoring me on the Writers, Ink podcast, I knew my approach to storytelling would be forever changed. When he told me what I was going to have … Continue reading Using Nostalgia to Create Memorable Characters
You, and only you, are responsible for your life and what you create. And in deciding what you want, by default, you are deciding what you don’t want. The modern myth of “having it all” … Continue reading The Frame: Where to Place Your Focus
Zach and I have not published much fiction this year. I know it. He knows it. And so we don’t talk much about it. We haven’t done anything wrong, haven’t had a major failure or … Continue reading If you show up, the words will come.
It happens to all of us at some point. We get over the initial enthusiasm about learning something new because of our learning plateaus. You make the most amount of progress on a skill when … Continue reading Cresting the learning plateau.
The Muse Trap How long have you been working on your current project? We all have that friend in our writer’s group whom we love dearly, but who has been toiling away at the same … Continue reading Having an Abundance Mentality by James S. Aaron
Drinking from the firehose. That’s the expression, a visual that’s hard to ignore. We’ve all been in that situation, completely overwhelmed by a torrent of information coming at our faces at a high rate of … Continue reading Find your clan.
I have a friend who is a writer and I love her dearly. She’s sweet and she wants me to succeed as much as she wants to. But the other day, when I asked her … Continue reading Don’t pout. Work it out. By Rebecca Monterusso
When I was a teenager, I tried to write the way my teachers (and most professional authors and editors) said you had to. I created outlines and tried to write stories from them. And failed. … Continue reading Plotters vs. Pantsers by Kevin Potter
“What’s it about?” I’m sure you’ve been asked that question as soon as you begin to tell someone about an incredible movie you’ve watched. If we’re going to invest the time into it, we want … Continue reading What’s it about?