Are all stories horror stories?

The themes of our stories tackle tough issues. More often than not, they deal with conquering fears: Fear of the unknown, fear of others, and fear of ourselves.  The novel may be packaged as a romance, mystery, fantasy, or adventure story, but at its very core it’s about facing the things that make us tremble,Continue reading “Are all stories horror stories?”

Text to Speech

A useful strategy for editing your manuscript is to read it out loud. By doing so, you focus on each word more and can catch mistakes in your writing whether it is a missing comma, a misspelled word, or an auto-correct that is not correct. Another tool that writers can use is text to voiceContinue reading “Text to Speech”

I’m a full time writer! well sort of

For the next two weeks, I’m a full time writer. I’ve taken vacation from my day job, since the judge is out of town and I don’t have to worry about missing court hearings or finding coverage it is the best time for me to take vacation as well. Of course, I will have aContinue reading “I’m a full time writer! well sort of”

Structuring Your Novel: Part Three

The motivation-reaction unit (MRU) helps writer’s structure sentences and scenes alike. It is a way of thinking about the cause and effect relationship of incidents within your story. Many writers place the effect before the cause, which makes readers slow down and think about what happened. Even a seconds slowing can distract and/or confuse aContinue reading “Structuring Your Novel: Part Three”

Structuring Your Novel: part two

The Scene is the basic building block of a story. A Scene has two parts: the action part and the reaction part. The action half of a scene consists of a goal, conflict, and disaster. The goal of a scene is usually a small piece of the overall plot goal or it can be aContinue reading “Structuring Your Novel: part two”

Overal Structure of a Novel

As some of you know, I internet and book stalk K.M. Weiland. I just finished reading her book, Structuring Your Novel Essential keys to writing an outstanding story. It’s an excellent resource for beginning and more experienced writers. Her informal witty conversational tone make the book easy to read and understand. She uses examples from her ownContinue reading “Overal Structure of a Novel”

Define Yourself

Many people put their dreams and goals off for the right time.  You hear these and similar words all the time. “I’ll do it when my kids are grown.” “When I retire, I’ll have time to work on my dreams and goals.” “Once I’m stable in my job, I’ll have time.” Life won’t wait forContinue reading “Define Yourself”

Cherishing a Short Life

Alice Park Photography On a weekly basis parent child relationships are forever severed by the law. I’ve seen it too many times to count. I don’t envy those responsible for supervising the goodbye visit between parent and child. The thought of looking either of my children in the face for the last time brings tearsContinue reading “Cherishing a Short Life”

Writing Space and First Drafts

Over the last few weeks, I have been thinking about making a space for me to write at home. Up until now, I have just sat at either the living room table or the kitchen table. This arrangement requires me to pack up all my writing gear and move it from place to place. ItContinue reading “Writing Space and First Drafts”

The Death of a Dream

The death of a dream is the worst imaginable type of death. Death in any form is awful, but to watch someone’s dreams struggle for breath, fall to its knees clutching at its heart, to never rise again is the most traumatic experience this life has to offer. Dreams are crushed everyday throughout the world.Continue reading “The Death of a Dream”