The last time I blogged about Orson Scott Card's 4 story types, it was all about Milieu structures. Exploring strange worlds. This week is focused on idea stories! Idea stories are all about characters' quests to answer questions presented at the forefront of the story. Their investigation, or discoveries, fuel the narrative. Usually, the protagonists … Continue reading Story Types – Idea
So, I went from my normal bi-weekly posts about creative writing, food, or whatever, to these slew of updates on several short stories being published. It feels weird to break from routine! Maybe this is my fault? After all, I was the one who thought it was a good idea to query them all at … Continue reading Publishing Update – New Short Stories!
Readers, I'm so excited to announce that my short story, Beyond the Bay, will be included in Issue 12 of SERIAL Magazine. The issue will be made available August 17, 2019! They're an incredible print magazine that I've been following since Issue 1. Their focus is on serialized storytelling with real page-turning tales about fantasy, … Continue reading Pre-Order Issue Twelve of SERIAL Now!
This week marks the beginning of my blog miniseries on story types! Every other post for the next few months will be focusing on one of Orson Scott Card’s story types that he outlined so well in Reader’s Digest nearly a decade ago. He’s an extremely talented writer who knows how to easily deliver complex … Continue reading Story Types – Milieu
Ahhh, Rejection. Such a negative word. So negative that we devise many ways throughout life to not say it, even more ways to not feel it. "It's not you, it's me." "I'm just at a different part of my life." "We've decided to go in a different direction." Yes, I thought I heard it all... … Continue reading Rejection
If someone were to ask you about what comes to mind when picturing a burger, what Image pops into your head first? Something on the grill, in a restaurant, or handed over to you in a drive through? No matter the origin, you almost definitely pictured beef sandwiched between two buns. Less tougher than steak, … Continue reading The Taste Test – Bliss Kitchen
You did it! That first draft of the book you've been obsessing over for years is finally done. I'm proud of you, and you should be proud of yourself. Don't forget to hit save (or have auto-save on) and shut down for the night. Your brain needs the rest for what comes next. Editing is … Continue reading Editing – After the 1st Draft