Fossil Five Released to Beta Readers in One Week

It's 4:56 a.m., and I have just dropped off my daughter at work. I pour a fresh cup of coffee, sit down in front of my laptop, and open my working revision of my latest novel, Fossil Five. Seven days to go, I think. Seven days until I release my story to 15 readers around … Continue reading Fossil Five Released to Beta Readers in One Week

The Writer’s Craft: Rethinking Structure When Drafting

I'm not much on labels, but in 1981, Betsy Flowers published an article in Language Arts that talked about the four different kinds of writers. Without going into too much detail, here they are: Madman: Unleashed, uninhibited writing that's a free-flow from brain and heart to parchment. Architect: Planned structures of the story, plotting out … Continue reading The Writer’s Craft: Rethinking Structure When Drafting

Crafting The Unconventional Story

I've been writing a long time, and when I go back and read my earliest works written in the 1980s, I see a lot of experimentation and non-conformity while still sticking to the basics of story structure: a defined beginning, middle, and end falling neatly within the boundaries of the standard plot sequence. Although I … Continue reading Crafting The Unconventional Story

Understanding and Embracing the Power of Revision

Many years ago, Sharon Miller, National Writing Project Teacher-Consultant and nationally recognized author and educator in the teaching of writing, asked me to offer my thoughts on the power of revision in the genre of creative nonfiction and how, when we write with intent in the revision process and understand who our audience is, we … Continue reading Understanding and Embracing the Power of Revision

Pushing Through The Darkness: Faith, Trust, Commitment

On June 16, when I cut ties with social media to focus entirely on finishing my book, Fossil Five, I made a big deal about descending into darkness (you can read about it HERE). After all, I selected a 105-day period that ran from a new moon to a total lunar eclipse. You can't get … Continue reading Pushing Through The Darkness: Faith, Trust, Commitment

Answering The Call To Adventure: Part 1. Discovering The Writer Within

A few days ago, a close friend passed away rather suddenly. I think the shock of her death gripped many of us in those first hours, where we didn’t know exactly how to react. We searched for meaning, we tried to make sense of the fact that she was here in one moment, and gone … Continue reading Answering The Call To Adventure: Part 1. Discovering The Writer Within