At our bi-weekly Okinawa Military Community Writers meeting, Kyle led off the discussion with an exercise in developing the main idea of a short story, novella, or book. He posted about this and covered the 5 Ws that can help a writer summarize the story they intend to write. I hope to build on that … Continue reading Plots and Plans
Tackling one-sentence summaries for new ideas or completed works.
Yes, you read that title right. Exposing the character can risk the attachments the reader has made to your protagonist, but also increase their value. Risk makes life exciting and frustrating all at once. Maybe you put your heart on the line and come away with ache. Perhaps you like the thrill of gambling? Risk … Continue reading Risk the Reader; Expose the Character
There’s a stereotype of the writer as anti-social: the hermit who locks himself away from the outside world, the recluse who goes off to a cabin in the woods to be alone with her manuscript and her thoughts. “I need solitude for my writing; not like a hermit—that wouldn’t be enough—but like a dead man.” … Continue reading Feedback, Fellowship, Follow-Through
"I would love to write... but I just don't have the time!" I've lost track of how many times I've heard this from friends and co-workers who express an interest in creative writing. I've caught myself saying similar things as well. But the sad fact is, most of us are habitual liars. “Don’t let perfect … Continue reading Good vs the Goal