Real Life Vs. Writing Life

I have to ask

I hate to come right out and ask, but if you or the young reader in your life have read My Brother's Stinky T-Shirt, please take a moment to review it. Even a friendly ⭐️ rating without comments is a huge help in drawing the right kind of attention. What? You've not read it?! Well it's… Continue reading I have to ask

Real Life Vs. Writing Life

Reading Like a Scientist

I’m a huge fan of K.M. Weiland’s craft books. Look around and you may just find her free Scrivener template based upon her outlining techniques.
If you aren’t prepared to write an exhaustive outline don’t bother.

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This morning, I came across an excellent article by K.M. Weiland 7 Steps to Creating a Flexible Outlinefor Any Story . While I was studying it, I kept catching myself on switching to my “scientist reading mode”, which has developed through years of my academic career and seems so natural to me that I read nearly everything – even fiction – this way now. I must mention to K.M.Weiland’s favor that her writing is always very logical, well-structured and brilliantly worded.

scientist “In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual.”― Galileo Galilei

Having spent decades of my life doing academic research, supervising post-graduate students and writing university coursebooks, I always tend to look for structure in every piece of text that comes into the range of my vision. First of all, I mark out the keywords  in the title, then my…

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Real Life Vs. Writing Life

Childhood Memories

One of my fondest memories was Friday nights when my army of sisters would have friends sleep over. Someone would make popcorn in a large pot on the stove, and in my mind it was the best tasting popcorn I ever had. We would watch scary movies until the wee hours. My dad, after sneaking… Continue reading Childhood Memories

Real Life Vs. Writing Life

My First…

So my story ideas, the good ones at least, revolve around the supernatural, in one capacity or another. The Grave Watcher should be my first release, and it is definitely a supernatural thriller, with romance elements. The current project is called Love Letters (working title). Haunting, demon possession, and schizophrenia. It is definitely a supernatural thriller,… Continue reading My First…

Real Life Vs. Writing Life · Writing

Dear Mr. Writer Person

When one begins studying the craft of writing, it doesn't take long to stumble upon the suggestion to write a letter to yourself from your protagonist. I don't remember the first place I've read that, but I've read it a dozen other places since. Unfortunately, that is the best credit I can give. Here's mine,… Continue reading Dear Mr. Writer Person