Analyzing a Story

I’ve been listening to The Story Grid with Tim Grahl and Shawn Coyne. It’s a writing podcast which pairs up the flailing new writer with an experienced editor and they talk about all things story related. Shawn relies heavily on Campbell’s Hero with a Thousand Faces and Robert McKee’s Story, so if you’ve studied eitherContinue reading “Analyzing a Story”

What do you like in a story?

What do you like in a story? Have you ever thought about it? And by that, I mean more than for a few seconds. Have you ever sat down and made a list of the things you enjoy about the stories you read? I read Chris Baty’s book, No Plot, No Problem last week. ForContinue reading “What do you like in a story?”

Bug Out on Amazon

You may not have heard from me over the past few months, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been working hard. We’ve gone through an evaluation process with our daughter, and I took a part-time job, both of which left little time for social activities, especially when you add my writing time to the equation.Continue reading “Bug Out on Amazon”

Hello, March! I’m So Glad to See you.

I asked for a February do-over, but I don’t think anyone heard me. You know what? It doesn’t matter now, because February is gone. Good riddance! And take your germs and viruses with you!  I better not get too excited or that meme I saw the other day with sunny skies on Tuesday and a blizzardContinue reading “Hello, March! I’m So Glad to See you.”

I Write Like Who?

It all began with a question. Or, a request. During my latest round of submissions, I ran across this: Include a short bio and describe your style.  My style? I don’t know my style. Themes, no problem. Genres, easy. But style? So I did what any respectable writer does when met with a question likeContinue reading “I Write Like Who?”

Imagine What An Alligator Would Do and Other Ways I Motivate Myself

In our home, silly gets a good place. Somewhere between the hot water boiler and the computer. We’ve come to rely on it, fall back on it, pull it out when we’re stressed and a number of other clichés I could fit in here. We’re silly people, what can I say? So a typical dinnerContinue reading “Imagine What An Alligator Would Do and Other Ways I Motivate Myself”

Thursday Thoughts – Graffiti and Bicycle Wheel Conspiracies

On Thursdays I normally share random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. Stockholm is still freezing, though today it’s a mild -10 degrees. I’ve perfected the art of wearing two pairs of pants at the same time and I can now do at least thirty different tasks while wearing my gloves. IfContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts – Graffiti and Bicycle Wheel Conspiracies”

Writing Projects Update

Today’s post is a short one. I really just wanted to take the time to recap where I am on my writing projects. Flameborne — The sequel to Ashborne. I gotta tell you, I’m loving this book. New plot twists. New challenges. Poor Joelle. The revision process is about halfway completed. It’s taken longer thanContinue reading “Writing Projects Update”

Thursday Thoughts – Seaweed Parties and Giants

On Thursdays I normally share random thoughts I plan to use as writing inspiration or prompts. It’s been a cold week here in Stockholm and part of me wants to do nothing but curl up in bed with a good book while the cat sits on my head. Tomorrow night it’s supposed to go down toContinue reading “Thursday Thoughts – Seaweed Parties and Giants”

2016 Reading Challenge

My post last week recapped the books I’ve read in 2015. In that post, I was excited to try to reach my goal of a book a week for 2016. With that in mind, I’ve created a reading challenge because I think they’re fun. I’ve based it on the alphabet =). Here it is: Read a bookContinue reading “2016 Reading Challenge”