On Writing

When I Flew with Writing Sisters

When I Flew with Writing Sisters
Working on a full-length work of fiction or memoir can easily lead to a desert of self-doubt. Misgivings arise regarding the tremendous amount of time being invested because, inevitably, other things...

But, Writer…Are You Telling the Truth?

But, Writer…Are You Telling the Truth?
We all heard the question, "Are you telling the truth?" often enough as children, but until recently, I never thought to ask it of my fiction writing. An earlier inquiry might have saved me years of r...

We must read fiction to write fiction

We must read fiction to write fiction
Reading exposes us to writing conventions, and what works That being a fiction reader is essential to being a fiction writer is a conventional wisdom in the writing realm. Stephen King is blunt about...

Why are We Hard-Wired for Stories?

Why are We Hard-Wired for Stories?
Most of us learned at some point about catharsis, the ancient Greek concept that tragic stories give us a kind of emotional cleanse, which is meant to explain the enduring appeal of tragedies—a reason...