Story Arcs, Coffee and Villains

I spent some time in my favorite coffee shop today just brainstorming and refining my story arc. As I went through my checklists, I realized that for some things I have to take it up a notch. For others, I have more done than I thought.  That was a nice feeling. The hardest thing I've … Continue reading Story Arcs, Coffee and Villains

Seasons

Freshly sharpened pencils, brand new notebooks with bright white sheets, and soon, students spilling back into the classroom.  Sometimes it seems as if September should be the beginning of the year rather than January. However, it dawned on me that there are seasons.  Not just the standard four of fall, winter, spring and summer.  No, … Continue reading Seasons

Flying Solo (and In Tandem)

I love getting together with other writers and reading their stuff.  I love stories from the trenches.  It's good to know you're not the only one dealing with issues of writer's block, procrastination and perfection.  Or that nagging worry that your seemingly wonderful idea is just going to prove you're nothing more than the talentless … Continue reading Flying Solo (and In Tandem)