Monday, May 18, 2020

Sorry guys, but I have to take a break from the blog. If you have been following my posts you'll know that I have a mental illness and have been struggling a lot more lately to deal with it. So, for right now, I have to take care of myself and do what is best for me and that means stepping back for a while. I need to make my mental health a priority right now so my main focuses for the time being will be work and writing my first book. 

If you are interested in how things are going you are welcome to follow me on Twitter. I'm pretty active over there and I always welcome new friends. 


Living and Writing With Depression

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

This post is going to be a little different than most. I didn't plan this post out ahead of time. This is all coming straight from my head to the page. 

I don't talk about myself much on the blog, but you should know that when I was 19, I was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder. That was a long time ago, but I still struggle everyday. My Bipolar Disorder is pretty stable right now but the Borderline disorder makes every day a chore. 

Writing Quotes To Inspire and Guide You (part 4)

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

I love quotes. I've been collecting them for years. There's just something about these compact bits of inspiration or advice that really appeals to me. I collect quotes that speak to me, teach me something, or motivate me in some way. But most of all, I collect quotes that help me feel a little less alone. Hopefully, you'll find something here that makes you feel the same way.

Using Point of View Correctly

Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Anyone can tell you that good writing flows easily from beginning to end without reminding the reader that there is a writer behind the words. Unfortunately, many beginning writers sometimes ruin that flow by constantly reinserting their point of view character back into the narrative. Once you've moved the reader into the story, you don't want to yank him out again by placing your character in every sentence. 

Kristen Johnson Ingram, an author of over twenty books and instructor for, calls this the "viewpoint intruder."

How To Create Unique Characters

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

I'm in the character creation stage of a new story so as part of my series on new beginnings, I want to go over some great brainstorming tips I found. Today, I'm going to share something from one of my favorite books on writing, The Art and Craft of Storytelling: A Comprehensive Guide to Classic Writing Techniques, by Nancy Lamb, where the author reminds us that our challenge as writers is to "create a character that lives and breathes on the page, a character that laughs and cries and makes the reader feel those emotions." She tells us:

When you approach your characters, remember it is not only the hero that must stand out. All the characters in your story, major and minor characters, should occupy a unique place in your own imagination in order for them to occupy that same status in the reader's imagination.

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