Relentless Call to Love

Hope nestles warm against frigid stone. Joy and happiness found in the solitariness of a dark life. Like a silver blade slipped between ribs, the soul seeks a twin harmony. Its incessant song grates against reason and objectivity. No amount of desolation or isolation can silence its call.  

Dangerous Deadly love

Honor and virtue blind you to the wickedness that fuels my soul. My demon is nourished by the anguish and misery I visit upon myself. But your smile unravels the walls built to protect the world around us. An aching desolation inspires my self-destruction. My skin crawls with the devastation it longs to reap. SearingContinue reading “Dangerous Deadly love”

Tri-Writing

A triathlon is composed of three parts: the swim, the bike, and the run. As a triathlete, you have to train in all three of these areas to prepare for the goal, a specific race. Most people have their strong areas and their weaker ones. Writing can be broken down into three parts as well:Continue reading “Tri-Writing”

Three keys to keep the creative flowing

There are three keys to keep the creativity flowing, the boys in the basement active, and the muse at the quill. First is to read, read, and read. Second is to learn as much as you can. Third is to write even when it sucks. Reading in the genre that you write in is important.Continue reading “Three keys to keep the creative flowing”

Two weeks as a writer

“How did you find being a full time writer?” Jeff asked. “I enjoyed it, but the one thing I would do differently is get out a little more with friends here and there.” “Does that help with creativity?” he asked. “Sanity.” I smiled. “I only had two weeks so I felt a bit of pressureContinue reading “Two weeks as a writer”

I need a freaking doggie door!

My writing tip of the day: If you are a writer with dogs, get a doggie door. Meet the slave drivers, Annabelle (black)  and Ignacious (brown). Adorable aren’t they? Yes well they are the first three times I get up to let them out the door, but after the fiftieth time, they are no longerContinue reading “I need a freaking doggie door!”

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”