Drive Your Story With Fear

What does your character fear? We all know that when moving our stories forward we’re supposed to make things worse for the protagonist.  Is he lost?  Let the sun set, let the rain come. Is he alone?  Find someone to stalk him.  Is she being hunted?  Take away her defenses. Does she need to find a cure? Have it fall into the hands of the antagonist.  This is … Continue reading Drive Your Story With Fear

What They Don’t Tell You About Writing

Who are they?   They can be anyone – commencement speakers, mentors, authors at writing conferences, motivational coaches, life experts.  They help inspire us.  They tell us what we can do with our lives, with our writing.  Their words are sweet and move us to action.  They tell us that anybody can be a writer, that anybody can learn, that everybody has a story to … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Writing

The Perfect Opening Line

Starting off right.  It’s important in sports, jobs and interviews, school, relationships, and all sorts of other things.  Unsurprisingly, it’s also important in writing (and every other kind of storytelling).  Sure there are amazing books with opening lines that are yawn-worthy, and sure there are amazing opening lines that lead you into 300 pages of the worst story ever.  But I doubt anybody is planning on … Continue reading The Perfect Opening Line

11 Pieces of Advice From Writers

1.  “Don’t tell me the moon is shining; show me the glint of light on broken glass.” – Anton Chekhov 2.  “Protect the time and space in which you write. Keep everybody away from it, even the people who are most important to you.” — Zadie Smith 3.  “Write drunk; edit sober.” – Ernest Hemingway 4.  “It’s none of their business that you have to learn to write. Let … Continue reading 11 Pieces of Advice From Writers

Write Well and Be Happy: It’s a Me Monday, Part II

If you’re a happier person, your work will be better.  If work is good, you’ll be a happier person.  Well, crap, right?  That seems like a pretty closed loop.  But what if you aren’t as happy as you’d like to be, and your work isn’t as good as you wish it was? Doing little things to make yourself happier isn’t all that hard to do … Continue reading Write Well and Be Happy: It’s a Me Monday, Part II