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15 12, 2020

20 Reasons 2020 Rocked

2020-12-15T14:35:01+00:00December 15, 2020|Categories: News, Work in Progress|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

COVID-19 caused major disruptions in almost everyone’s life in 2020. While I don’t want to diminish the seriousness of the pandemic and its consequences, I’ve found at least one silver lining: more time to work on my writing.

10 12, 2015

A different class of writing

2019-10-02T18:25:25+00:00December 10, 2015|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |

I had the pleasure of talking with students at Waupun High School yesterday. My mission: to share my educational background, professional writing experiences, writing advice, and tips for getting published with the fledgling writers.

30 12, 2014

Should you care if readers care about your characters?

2019-10-02T17:49:03+00:00December 30, 2014|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

The more I think about it, the more a term like “character-oriented” seems superfluous. Characters are but one element of a story. Like setting and plot, they are essential ingredients of a story. But are they any more important than the rest?

22 08, 2013

Building a better book title

2019-10-02T15:05:19+00:00August 22, 2013|Categories: Writing Tips|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Titles represent anywhere from a few hundred to hundreds of thousands of words. They have to be worthy of all that hard work you put into your short story, novella or novel. And they must be marketable.

19 03, 2013

Choose your own adventure (please!)

2019-09-30T19:06:25+00:00March 19, 2013|Categories: Work in Progress|Tags: , , , , , , |

Remember those old Choose Your Own Adventure books? The ones where you controlled a character’s destiny and guided the direction of the narrative? I’m conducting an experiment that brings that old series of children’s books to mind...

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