• MY Work

    In the Beginning — Constructing the First Pages

    So right now I’m at the beginning of this new book. ­čÖé That’s me smiling because I’m loving who my main character is becoming. But this writing got me to thinking. These are the critical pages, dude (Hey, I’m seriously Californian, Southern Cal that is–yeah, I say dude.)…. These pages are where it’s all starting to happen. I’m painting her weaknesses, strengths–the initial world. You see characters have to arc. Let me repeat that. Characters have to ARC. That is, start out being one way and grow to be another. And it’s the acting and reacting to the things in her world that are throwing obstacles at her, which creates…

  • MY Work

    5 Reasons to NOT Write from Home… (now 6!)

    if you don’t have to… 1. The TV What more can I say. Right now I’m tuned into a rib and chicken cooking contest after only having a bowl of raisin bran. I sure would like to be one of those judges right now. ┬áPrecious writing minutes are dwindling away second by second. 2. You’re able to look around the room and think of everything else you have to do today, like the laundry, the dusting, paper shredding, pay bills, etc… And still, there’s the TV. So on top of ALL the tasks I have to do today, the TV is still there calling my name, sucking me into whatever…