I love the anvil moment because it makes writing so much easier. It takes care of all those inconvenient and messy problems that character arcs create. What's the anvil moment? And what does it have to do with character arcs? I'm glad you asked. But first, do you know what a character arc is? Just in… Continue reading THE ANVIL MOMENT
Once, I submitted a story about two of my kids and settled back to wait a few months to hear from the editors. Instead, less than a week after putting it in the mail, I got a frantic call from an editor wanting to know how quickly I could sign a contract because they wanted… Continue reading WHY CHRISTMAS IS IN JULY
Last time I gave out a template for writing short stories and said that, if expanded, it could also become a template for novels. This post is to explain a bit about how to do that. Of course, as always, if your writing method differs from mine, do whatever is right for you. If you… Continue reading A NOVEL TEMPLATE
When I first started writing, I didn't start selling. The manuscripts went out. And came back. And went out. And came back. And so on... until I read an article that contained a short story template. I followed that template. Why not? I couldn't do any worse than I was already doing. Lo and behold. … Continue reading THE FIRST STEP TO A STORY
A while back, in one of my first posts, I mentioned hearing a bird in the forest near our wilderness resort. A bird we could never locate and always wondered about. After the resort was sold and we'd moved closer to town and were preparing to build a house, we went to a home show looking for… Continue reading WHERE DO IDEAS COME FROM?