September 25, 2018

When we write, we send a story on a journey from our mind to the reader’s. In Understanding Comics, Scott McCloud defines mastery in comics as the percentage of the artist’s original ideas that survive the journey to the reader’s mind. [1]

Although we write without pict...

May 15, 2018

There's been talk lately about whether children's books should tackle hard subjects. This one's a no-brainer for me. They should.

Kids read for truth and their world is not the cheery candy-colored confection adults strive so mightily to create. They should be given hop...

April 14, 2018

Learn to use setting, packing, verbs and sensory details to build a compelling action scene.

March 12, 2018

I've been thinking a lot about beginnings - what captures us quickly and draws us into the center of story?

We're told to start with action, bring the reader into the scene, and keep it moving. That's important advice, keeping us from lingering in backstory, setting the...

January 2, 2018

In The Art of Memoir, Mary Karr writes of the need to burrow deeply into the writer’s psyche, to dig beneath the surface of how we want to appear to write with an authentic voice.  “The author of a lasting memoir manages to power past the initial defenses, digging past...

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