Rear Window

Writers are eavesdroppers by nature. We are also voyueristic.
A few decades ago we had to have a great memory or a scratch pad to capture the moment we just saw.

Rejection, Success and Mediocrity

I’ve said rejections are proof a writer is writing. Unless you are content with journaling and leaving manuscripts and essays in a secret drawer to be found after you have met with an unfortunate event, you are going to have to take a risk. Don’t let my run-on sentence stop you from reading about the […]

Fiction Friday Second Person

This writer took a huge chance on me, the reader, by taking me far far outside my experience.  Mark Jude Poirier made me participate in in the story as a gay teacher and for the length of the story I felt his lust for a student at his school. I will think about his motivation and the repercussions of his actions. More than that, I will think about what it was like to be this character.  

What is Your Shoe?

Walk into my room and come to find one of my Jordan Air Max 360s floating about five foot off the ground. Soon as I see it, my heart kinda go pie-yow! and my neck get hot. Then I smile at my foolish, foolish dumb-ass ass, and I say to myself my brother Ricky had done strung it …

The Time Walk-Back

He picks up a character five minutes before the story opens. Then one hour before, one week before, one year before and five years before the start of the story.

Fiction Friday – Dysfunctional Office Scene

This week I have a scene with Greg, an easygoing office manager and his employee, Mack, a type A who is doing everything he can to undermine, demean and resist his boss’s efforts to complete a big project. It is an example of a dysfunctional relationship.

Fiction Friday Short Short – Eraser

The Department of Defense has perfected a new weapon, code named Eraser. Much like Facbook’s Block Option, the US Government can find and make individual people disappear. Going beyond the limits of Facebook’s Block, this weapon makes the person vanish from everywhere. Poof. Without a trace. No records. What are you writing about?

Procrastinating, Dilly-dallying, Puttering

I have committed FaceBook-ary, Tweeted, researched the nature of Ravens and watched The Blacklist. Now, I’m here..

Character Development – NaNoWriMo 2016 Prep

Imagine your character as a cube. The surfaces may have huge or subtle differences in color, form, brightness or darkness. A character possesses human traits and emotions, all on a continuum. These characteristics may be muted or amplified depending on era, setting and situation.

What is a Submission Packet and Why Do I Need One?

What is a Submission Packet and Why Do you Need One?

You have your novel written, revised, revised, edited, revised again, already. Now, you want to start looking for a publisher. Your words need a home.

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