The Runner – The Process

The Runner is story number six in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

Let Us Write

Not he is great who can alter matter, but he who can alter my state of mind. – Ralph Waldo Emerson, The American Scholar I thought I’d take a moment to reflect on the fact that I’ve finished more short stories in five weeks than I have in five years. That’s a bitter root to chew on, but there it …

Wake – The Process

Wake is story number five in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Hundred Eyes – The Process

A Hundred Eyes is story number four in the #52ShortStories challenge. **SPOILERS BELOW. If you have not read the story and want to be (hopefully) surprised, come back to this when you’re done.**

A Pinnacle to Heaven – The Process

A Pinnacle to Heaven is story number three in the #52ShortStories challenge. As the epigraph of the story implies, the springboard for this story came from a Robert Frost poem. I’m thinking pulling potential titles from poetry is going to be a regular thing as the imagery just comes so naturally. But…

Weekly Recap – January 10th, 2014

My first Weekly Recap of the New Year. I don’t have much to share that I haven’t already, and you guys know the usual tune — work, writing, work, gaming, writing, sleep. I’ll hopefully have some exciting news around the end of this month/beginning of next, but other than that, all is quiet on the Western front. I’ll be spending …

Weekly Recap – October 11th, 2013

Fighting a creeping sore throat. The honey tea helps, but after a few mugs, my stomach refuses any more. Other than that, I can’t complain about much this week. I crossed the 30,000 word mark on Wolf’s Tail last night. I think I’m discovering that I’m a filler-inner versus a cutter-outer. Where many writers find themselves with bug crushers, my first draft …

What's the Plan Again?

I’ve talked about James Scott Bell’s LOCK system before and how it’s a fantastic way to plan your story from the 30,000-foot level (or 9,144-metre level for my foreign friends who turn their noses up at the Imperials). Let’s say you’ve spent a considerable amount of time putting your story summary together. With that behind you, you then get sucked into …

I'm not Good Enough

Is your writing ever paralyzed by that statement? I know it’s gotten me sometimes. All it takes is picking up a book you love and reading for a few minutes. Soon, you’ll be saying to yourself, “That settles it. No writing for me today! There’s no way I can match that, let alone improve on it. Find my own voice? …