Creativity begins as a solitary endeavor. Writing, painting, dancing singing, all begin in private. It’s rare that an artist would store the finished piece in the closet.
I don’t think that presenting the completed work is about an ego boost. It’s to share experience with the community, hopefully one of joy, or discovery, […]
I’ve been writing a memoir for a few years, and thought that it might be fun to share. My method of writing this book is to present each chapter as a short story or vignette, with a connecting thread.
The fun of a memoir is that it can begin at any point in your life, […]
An interesting event is taking place in the month of November. It’s National Novel Writing Month, (NaNoWriMo). There’s a challenge to write a 50,000 word novel in a month. Now, 50,000 words isn’t really enough for a novel, but it’s a very good start.
Although November is always a busy time for me, I’ve […]
I’ve been writing about memoirs lately, and encouraging folks to give it a try. If it seems too daunting, it might be helpful to treat your memoir as a series of short stories with a connecting thread.
Or, just write short stories. The charm of a short story is, of course, that it’s short, and […]
I shared an office with a co-worker. When I arrived at work, I’d say hello, and sometimes, how are you. When he held up his hand and pointed to the first finger, my heart sank. “Well first of all….”
To much information. I was looking for fine, or could be better, not five short stories punctuated […]
After a quiet winter, spring has brought with it a series of exciting developments and events. You may notice that there’s a new page on this website, Author to Readers. This is a way to purchase The Solstice Conspiracy, ebook and audiobook directly. I’m excited to have the audiobook available. Although written for a younger […]
Memoir writing relies on memory. As you know, everyone remembers events differently. Since this is your memoir, you go with what you remember. It doesn’t hurt to check in with others, but in the end, it’s your story.
Your experiences are neatly stored like memory in a computer. But accessing these events can be tricky. […]
“Okay, I get it. Let’s move on.” Yes, I talk to myself. Sometimes this occurs at the grocery store, but most often when I’m reading a passage of description that spans pages.
Pacing is key to a good story. If the story is too fast, the reader can become lost. “Wait a minute. What just […]
For me, September brings a different energy. The laid back holiday mode or sometimes heat addled sluggishness of summer, gives way to a sense of newness.
Perhaps it’s the memory of going back to school, which contains a hopeful element and the chance to start out fresh. Or, it could just be a subtle change […]
Writing a short story can be highly engrossing. Your creative processes are engaged. The end result is positively speedy compared to writing a novel. If you are writing a novel, shifting your focus to a short story can be energizing. You’ll find yourself feeling fresh when you return to the novel, as if returning from […]