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The Writing Life: Pick On Someone Your Own Size

Your story falls flat. Have you ever heard those words? Just when you think you might have a lick or two of talent, you make the mistake of asking a real professional what they think of your story and the truth comes out. “It’s good, but… It’s just not quite there.” How frustrating is that? [...]

The Writing Life: I See Dead People

Scene From The Red Sun: Mavery Encounters Wraiths Spoiler Alert: Don’t Read This If You Haven’t Seen The Sixth Sense, Hunger Games or Twilight... One of the most fascinating stories of modern times unfolds in the movie The Sixth Sense. It delivers the perfect surprise ending that completely spins your head around, and [...]

The Writing Life: The Truth and Nothing But The Truth So Help Me Odin…

Sam and Odin Is it okay to stray from the facts when you are writing mythology based fiction? Can you meddle with the archetypical character traits of historical figures? In the first book of my Legends of Orkney series, The Red Sun, there is a scene where my main character Sam confronts Odin [...]

The Writing Life: Let It Go! Let It Go!

Scene From The Moon Pearl: Catriona Letting It Go! Writing is like trying to escape quicksand. The harder you try the faster you sink. This is the wonderful secret about writing. It feels effortless when the author’s mind is left to speak freely. The best writers draw on their creative energy without applying [...]

August 29th, 2014|The Red Sun Book, Writing Life|

The Writing Life: May The Odds Be Ever In Your Favor

Katniss by Patsie   In the popular series The Hunger Games, our heroine Katniss Everdeen has no hope of survival. Bravely stepping in as tribute for her sister, she enters into a game where the chances of exiting alive are practically nil. And yet, Katniss battles, she fights to survive, she endures. The same [...]

August 22nd, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Pick Me! Pick Me!

In the rush to share our excitement over our completed manuscript, often times we send it out to every agent on the list we can think of. We are so proud! Nearly weeping with joy over giving birth to this completed manuscript which has a beginning, a middle, and a pretty decent end. Or so [...]

August 17th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Beam Me Up Scotty!

 Star Trek Crew art by Joe Jusko In the television series Star Trek, Captain Kirk is always in some dire situation, about to be eaten by a galactic monster or blown to smithereens, but then, he pushes the button on his communicator and he’s magically whisked out of danger onto the safety of the Enterprise. It’s [...]

August 13th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Winter Is Coming

Art by Atomic Circus If you’re a Game of Throne’s fan, the line “Winter is coming” strikes a deep chord of fear, even though the reader has no clear idea of what it means at that point. It’s the same way the soundtrack from Jaws duh duh duh duh duh duh….raises the hair [...]

August 8th, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Sting Like A Bee, Float Like A Butterfly

Writing is a lot like boxing. The path to success is a hard fought battle. In Rocky, we see how the challenge to be a champion, to race to the top of the steps, to emerge with the heavyweight belt, is an arduous journey. Boxers have to learn to jab and punch. Writing is the [...]

August 2nd, 2014|Writing Life|

The Writing Life: Fifty Shades of No

Photo by PG Torella You’re not a writer until you’ve been rejected. The only way to know if you can hack it is to submit your work to an agent or editor. You have to send that manuscript out, face rejection, then swallow back the bitter tears. Every single author experiences rejection on the [...]

July 28th, 2014|Writing Life|