Writing Lesson 3.15 – Just in Time for Christmas…

November is past, and NaNoWriMo with it. Whether or not you took the challenge to write 50K words in a month, here’s one way to see a story by YOU in print by Christmas! Snapfish is an online photo development company. Around the holidays, they offer special prices on photo scrapbooks–bound books, in a variety of […]

Writing Lesson 3.8-Get Ready for NaNoWriMo!

It’s hard to imagine that any lover of literary lore hasn’t heard of NaNoWriMo, but hey…the truth is sometimes stranger than fiction. NaNoWriMo, short National Novel Writing Month, is billed by it’s non-profit sponsors, the Office of Letters and Light, as “30 days and nights of literary abandon!” You may abandon a lot of things […]

Writing Lesson 3.2-Story Engineering

I’ve referred in past posts to Larry Brooks’ excellent book, Story Engineering. As I read this book the principles of plotting finally clicked–probably because Larry explains them in architectural terms, and I am a building designer by trade. Suddenly both the rules and the reasons for them became clear, and I’ve been a fan ever […]

Summer Sabbaticals

Sabbatical–that’s the Word of the Day on Dictionary.com.  “Any extended period of leave from one’s customary work, especially for rest, to acquire new skills or training, etc.” Extended, of course, is a relative term. 😉 Since Summer is when I wrap up my busiest season at work, I can only extend myself one day off–but […]

Writing Lesson 2.35 – Wasting Time?

Summer is here! It’s tempting to sleep late, play games, watch TV, or waste yourself in your favorite way. I can relate. I’m not the person to talk to you about time management. Well, maybe I am since it’s a problem for me. I frequently get lost on the Internet or in emails. Time can […]