Is There an Audience for your Story?

As I said in my first post about the 2011 Write-Brained Network Writing Workshop, David L. Robbins gave a lot of great information in his “Redline Your Writing” talk. So much that I’m going to split it up into bite-size, easy-to-digest blog posts. I’ll include some of my own thoughts … Continue reading

A One-Stop Workshop for Writers

This past weekend, Chad and I roadtripped to Harrisonburg, VA, for the inaugural Write-Brained Network writing workshop. In an effort to keep this from becoming way tl;dr, I’m going to do a quick overview here, then follow-up over the next few weeks with a series of blog posts about each … Continue reading

#FridayFlash Fiction: Candlelight and Darkness

Her chambers were dark. Same as they always were, same as they’d been for as long as she could remember. Silence surrounded her, not even the sound of crickets nor the howl of jackals to break the monotony. That would end soon enough. She arranged the candles as her sire … Continue reading

#FridayFlash : The Creation Genocide

The order came down at dawn, as it always did, passed from one worker to another by smell and taste. True word of mouth. They had no verbal language, the click of their mandibles nothing but noise. Although they could feel the vibration, they had no ears with which to … Continue reading

A Story Told in Index Cards

So, I’m doing this: http://daisyyellow.squarespace.com/vividlife/index-card-a-day-icad-1.html One of the folks I follow on Twitter, @diysara, mentioned it a couple of weeks ago and asked who’d be game to attempt the challenge with her. I’ve got stacks of index cards on my desk — I’ve been using them to plot books and … Continue reading

Letting the Characters Do the Driving– and the Story

Even though I had a to-do list filled with writing, research, sketching and sculpting, I spent most of yesterday reading Ray Bradbury’s The Illustrated Man, a collection of science fiction short stories that I picked up on our trip to Manteo in February. I’d intended to read one story, then … Continue reading

I’m Not Fooling Around Anymore

I can’t believe it’s April already. How did this year get away from me? I’ll tell you how. Inertia. Sir Isaac Newton’s principle that a body in motion tends to stay in motion, and a writer surfing the web tends to keep clicking links until she realizes it’s four in … Continue reading

Changing Gears

Writing wasn’t going well yesterday, so I decided to change gears and do some sketching. Continue reading

Why I’m Not Doing NaNoWriMo, and Why That’s Okay

When I woke up this morning, I realized it’s NaNoWriMo, and I haven’t written a single word in almost a week. But that’s okay, because I’m not doing NaNoWriMo. Continue reading

How Twitter Made Me a Better Writer

A lot of times when I mention Twitter, my friends and family respond with rolling eyes, blank looks, or comments of, “I don’t care what other people are eating.” Although I explain to them that people tweet about more than food and that Twitter can be a useful tool, I … Continue reading