If our lives are filled with nothing but writing, then our art suffers a sad case of cannibalism. Your writing needs to be fed events and thoughts emerging organically from your life. If your writing has nothing to feed upon but your own writing, then it is inbred and has turned back upon itself.Read More How to Keep Your Writing from Eating Itself
“How’s your writing going?”
“How should I know?”
Since I refuse to leave you friends hanging, I will share a short story with you that I wrote a while back.Read More In Time for a Date
When it comes to writing stories, I am never at a loss for an idea. Sure, I can despair when I can’t imagine how to get my characters out of a particular situation, be it a dragon’s cave or a skyscraper of the future, but if you were to wake me up in the middle […]Read More The Idea vs. The Execution
I hope that everyone has seen at least one movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock, the master of suspense. Although to be perfectly honest, he is not the master of suspense, he is a master of storytelling, which is something similar. Suspense is nothing more than good storytelling. It is the action of holding your audience’s […]Read More The Hitchcock Principle
I have embarked on a journey of extreme discomfort. As American troops advanced through territory during the Vietnam war (technically not a war. A declaration of war was never made. It’s one of the many messes of history) the soldiers would sometimes come upon tunnels in the ground dug by the Viet Cong army. These […]Read More The Second Edit, or, Why Would I Read This Crap Twice?