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”

Flash Fiction Friday: Boxed Princess

Sally Montgomery sat cross-legged on the floor of the attic, like a five-year-old on the first day of kindergarten gazing up with barely contained anticipation and excitement at her teacher who might as well unfurrow her white feathered wings because she knows they’re tucked away beneath the autumn dress. Sally wasn’t five any longer, butContinue reading “Flash Fiction Friday: Boxed Princess”

Courage and Empathy of Writers

It is my theory that writers have a deeper understanding of human motivation and behavior than others in the general population. They may not have the expert terminology of a neurologist, psychologist, or psychiatrist, but their comprehension of what goes on in our heads is significant. In order to write three-dimensional characters, writers must becomeContinue reading “Courage and Empathy of Writers”

WTF is an Author Platform?

A few years ago, I was asking this  question. Had I known then what I know now, I would have been focusing more on building my platform and a little less on writing my manuscript. Writers write, but if they don’t have a platform they don’t publish or sell the book that they have spentContinue reading “WTF is an Author Platform?”

Tree Wizard

The sun pierced the old man’s pale blue eyes despite the brim of his grey hat. The frayed hem of his grey robes rustled last year’s crumbling underbrush, as his quick steps pressed into the carpet of damp decaying brown leaves. Yellow beaked blackbirds swooped low and chortled at his invasion of their woods soContinue reading “Tree Wizard”

How You See Me

Seeking eyes and whirling thoughts piece together who I am. Despite my many faces, my eyes have never changed. A brief once over tells me if you want to open me up or forget we passed within a breath. Your suns shine cold on my skin, as the storm clouds wrap me in warmth. Hold me steadyContinue reading “How You See Me”