New year, new blogger

Hello Fellow Writers, After six years of blogging, I’ve come to a realization: I’m not doing it right. Oh, I suppose, I’m doing something right. I’m read by a small group of dedicated writers, whom, like me, are struggling to find their way to a satisfying writing life (whatever that means for you and whether that … More New year, new blogger

Rule #20

Have you all seen Superman – Man of Steel? My brother thinks it is the bomb, but other than the wickedly splendid Faora Hu-Ul (played by Antje Traue), I think they got it all wrong. Why? I didn’t care whether Kal-El/Clark Kent/Superman survived or not. As a matter of fact, I don’t think I cared whether earth survived. … More Rule #20

Rule #19

Life is full of co-wink-a-dinks. But your fiction shouldn’t be. I’d like to wax poetic about all the times I’ve seen this done and that I’ve even done in my writing (yes, I’m lazy), but NaNoWriMo is calling. Heed the Pixar-gods: Coincidences to get characters into trouble are great; coincidences to get them out of … More Rule #19

Rule #18

As nice as it is, I got tired of posting that huge graphic from So, I split it up into its individual pieces. One of these days, I’ll go back and fix the images from earlier posts. And if you ever do want to see the entire image in all its glory, check out … More Rule #18

Rule #15

If you were your character, in this situation, how would you feel? Honesty lends credibility to unbelievable situations. I’ve been watching Grimm, the NBC TV show. Since I don’t have a TV or cable reception, I’m watching Season 1 and 2 via Amazon Prime. So, yes, I’m a little late to the scene, but hey, … More Rule #15

Rule #14

Why must you tell this story? What’s the belief burning within you that your story feeds off of? That’s the heart of it. The 14th writing rule in Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules is more of a statement of fact and not a writing tip or rule (remember, I’m using the term ‘rule’ rather loosely here as I’m … More Rule #14

Rule #12

It is yet another Happy Wednesday, folks, and time for a quick look at  Pixar’s 22 Storytelling Rules. The twelfth rule is one I do not often heed, though, I should. Let’s take a look at it: Discount the first thing that comes to mind. Then the second, third, fourth, fifth – get the obvious out … More Rule #12

Rule #7

Nothing satisfies like a good ending. I am reading Michael J. Sullivan‘s series, The Riyria Revelations. I’m a couple of nights away from finishing the series. And though I don’t really know how it will end, based on the two first books (originally split into four smaller installments), I trust that Mr. Sullivan will wrap up the … More Rule #7