Mark Lawrence On Writing

Every now and again I share some writerly advice from other more successful writers here. As a writer, I believe we never stop learning and this is my way of having you along with me as I nurture my own limited skill and attempt to sway Lady Luck to cast her eyes favorably upon me. … Continue reading Mark Lawrence On Writing

The Awesome Power of Short Fiction

I dedicate this post to those who love reading short stories and to those who love writing them (including this writer). I'm reblogging an article from ScreenCraft about why short stories make such great movies. On top of that, and as a way of confirming the above, a producer friend of a friend explained that short … Continue reading The Awesome Power of Short Fiction

Interlude: The Benefits of Failure by J.K. Rowling

A quick interlude. My regular "Art of Fantasy" post will follow in a few minutes. I discovered an oldish speech by J.K. Rowling on the "Benefits of Failure" and her explanation of how rock bottom can serve as a solid foundation resonated deeply with me as a writer, and for that reason, I am sharing … Continue reading Interlude: The Benefits of Failure by J.K. Rowling

Writers Unite Podcast: Episode 1 – The Importance of a Writer’s Group

Today is a day for announcements it seems. M.J. Kelley, founder and publisher of Kōsa Press and creator of the Virtual Writer Workshop, is guest author on the Writers Unite Podcast. If you're a writer I'd suggest you go listen to the podcast. M.J. talks more about the workshop, about how critique groups can improve a writer, what … Continue reading Writers Unite Podcast: Episode 1 – The Importance of a Writer’s Group

On Writing Workshops

I just completed my third writing workshop. It made me want to share something with you. Before I started this little adventure online, I never socialized or involved myself in a writing community. I never belonged to a writer's group, offline or on. I read books and wrote my stories and admired talented authors from … Continue reading On Writing Workshops

#Writing Mechanics: Stephen J Cannell’s Rule Number One

I've wanted to post something about Stephen J. Cannell for a while now. Cannell--you may remember his iconic "Stephen J. Cannell Productions" logo recreated above--produced, created, and wrote many television shows during the eighties and nineties. Shows like The A-Team, Hardcastle and McCormick, Riptide, and 21 Jump Street, to mention just a few, which, admittedly, entertained my … Continue reading #Writing Mechanics: Stephen J Cannell’s Rule Number One

Stephen King’s Advice On Writing the First Draft

I found a lovely new writer's website the other day and it was by accident, as is always the case, because it featured an old article by Stephen King titled: “Everything You Need to Know About Writing Successfully – in Ten Minutes”. The article is a bit dated with some of the advice maybe not wholly … Continue reading Stephen King’s Advice On Writing the First Draft