Category Archives: Writing

Shedding My Skin

Every so often, perhaps every 7-10 years, I shed my past and move forward with a new persona. I call this shedding my skin. I’ll play with a few ideas before it happens, measure my level of dissatisfaction and discomfort, … Continue reading

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Protag problems.

Have you ever gotten into a book only to discover part way through that you hate the protagonist? It’s a lot like relationships. You start off being attracted to the cover and blurb, you read a few chapters, and you get … Continue reading

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Collateral Damage

Collateral Damage I’m a big fan of showing collateral damage in fiction plots. I’m not talking about the military summations of who died on either side. I’m talking about showing what happens when your protagonist does something that profoundly affects … Continue reading

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Meh

Meh. The life of freelance is one where you have to be your own boss, co-worker, and marketing department. You also have to provide your own inspiration. Bleh. Community is a thing too. It’s hard to find other creative people … Continue reading

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Stealing Time

How do I find the time to write? It’s easy: you steal time from your kids, your spouse, your pets and yourself. You can also neglect your chores, your work, your health and your friends. See where I’m going with this? … Continue reading

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Writing Is A Lonely Affair

Writing is a lonely affair. I often think I would be a better writer if I lived an ascetic life. Partly because the act of writing is a never ending churn of creativity and perfectionism, partly because giving yourself permission … Continue reading

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Short Story Editing

I read about 300 short stories a year and I’d like to share some thoughts on how to improve your story.   Know where to start your story. Sometimes you’re five pages in and you realize that the fifth page … Continue reading

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