Writing Rituals

When I was younger I would have said immediately that my ritual was to hand write/print draft one while sitting in nature. I don’t have that luxury anymore. While I do still find it cathartic to write a first draft… Read More ›

Writing & the Senses

The use of scent and the 5 senses in writing is essential. By creating moments whereby the reader is able to connect to time, place, mood, character, etc. writers open up a world of possibility and recognition. A book without… Read More ›

Never Give Up

It’s interesting just how many authors I’ve spoken with or read blogs of over the last few years who’ve told the story of the moment they “gave up.” But they’re published authors now, so obviously that’s not the end of… Read More ›

Bad Poetry

The notion of ‘bad poetry’ has been on my mind since I listened to some last night. Insert “sigh” here. It is always difficult to critique poetry and it’s even harder for someone to take you seriously if you’re not… Read More ›

Virtue & Vice

There are hundreds of ways to interpret this quote and half of them likely pertain to writing in some fashion or other. My focus today is having patience with external forces in a writer’s life and those external forces having… Read More ›

Truth or Dare

I look at this quote from many different perspectives: Author      Editor      Reader As an author I cling to the overall image of my work to be able to speak the truth about all aspects of my writing. Yes, I see… Read More ›