4 Things I Love About TWILIGHT & 2 Things I Don’t

Disclaimer: This post is written from the perspective of a writer, and not the average reader or even a reviewer. One thing storytellers are asked a lot is how they deal with Writer’s block.  In order to keep writing our stories, we each need to figure out what works for us.  My way is to…

Historical Reality Shows

The Cowboys from Texas Ranch House, a great bunch of guys! These are a valuable resource to authors and other storytellers, because the history books won’t tell you what it’s like to actually live it.  If you’re writing a Time Travel set in the Old West, for example, you pop over to YouTube or your…

Anne Boleyn, Phillippa Gregory, and Bringing Characters to Life

  Creating characters who feel like living, breathing people is a primary task for any storyteller.  We live with them day and night.  They wake us up and make demands in the middle of the night.  Personally, I miss them like old friends after the story is done.  I have to go back and reread…

Imagination to Polished Manuscript, Part Five

It’s a pain in the neck.  Literally.  Hate it.  Besides despising the necessary mechanics involved, by the time I reach this phase I’m so sick of the story I want to just chuck it. That is the ugly truth. But, I’m not at the point where I can just toss it to a paid editor,…

Imagination to Polished Manuscript, Part Four

This is what is commonly called the Revision Stage.  I call it the Slow Crawl.  Not quite as tedious as Editing, there are fun spots in it.  Nevertheless, not as much fun as initial story creation.  Each storyteller has their own strengths and weaknesses and so mileage may vary.  I am still learning, so I…