Motivating your characters

There’s nothing cooler than being asked for advice on how to write a story. I was at church last Sunday and while waiting to talk to the pastor, a young lady comes up to me. She said that she heard that I had published a book and that I might be able to help her... Continue Reading →

Making a scene with scenes!

So you’ve started writing your book. Congratulations! You’re on your way to becoming a New York Times Bestseller… except there’s a problem. The scenes you’re writing are boring, disjointed, and don’t affect the overall storyline of your book. Now your bestseller is looking more like one of those cheesy 99 cent books on Amazon with... Continue Reading →

Failure is part of the job

It would be foolish to believe that you will never fail as an author. For that matter, it would be foolish to believe that you will never fail at some point during your life. Failure is part of the job. How you deal with failure will be what defines you both as an author and... Continue Reading →

My Year-End Review

  As this year comes to a close, it’s pretty standard for people to take a look at themselves and evaluate whether or not they accomplished their goals for the year. I try not to make New Years Resolutions simply because I don’t like to be disappointed with myself when I look back and see... Continue Reading →

2017 Movie Rankings

Starting this year I began writing movie reviews for the newspaper. With the end of the year approaching, I thought I’d take a moment and reflect on the 21 films that I’ve seen that were released this year and rank them. These are my own personal opinions because I’m sure that we all have differing... Continue Reading →

How to find publishers and agents

I received a very unexpected and lovely call Tuesday from a fellow author who reads my weekly column (yes the same column you are reading now). I won’t give out his name because I don’t know if he’d like that because sometimes people like their privacy. I will however provide this link to a Goodreads... Continue Reading →

The personification of 2016

“Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” – Stephen King It’s funny when you hear people talking about 2016. It’s such a hodge podge of events both good and bad. I saw this comic strip while I was endlessly scrolling down my Facebook feed... Continue Reading →

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