Explore the Craft, First Draft

Map the Story: How I Translate Nebulous Ideas into Plot

You have the images, the music, the climax, and the ending all wrapped in a bow. But when it comes time to actually get that vision onto paper, this glass wall refracts your ideas into something that vaguely resembles them. It's a frustratingly-beautiful-pain-in-my-butt process.

Explore the Craft, Storytelling

Owning Up to Being a Short Storyist

I read a lot as a child. I still read a lot as an adult. Most authors will tell you this is where they realized that they wanted to write a book. A novel that enraptures the reader and sends them on a journey that stays with them long after the last page. I was… Continue reading Owning Up to Being a Short Storyist

Editing and Revision, Explore the Craft

5 Questions to Ask After Finishing Your First Draft

I've a little sister. A curious bug if ever, always asking me a multitude of questions during every phone call. Sometimes I know the answer. (What's an amoeba? Oh a single cell organism found in wet environments.) Other times I'm left scratching my head and wanting to know the answer too. (Why does everyone respect… Continue reading 5 Questions to Ask After Finishing Your First Draft

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When Your Brain Becomes the Unexpected Villain in Your Job Search

It was Tuesday morning and I already had three rejections from jobs that I applied to in the previous week.  The other fifteen, twenty, sixty jobs (I had honestly lost count) I had applied to over the past five months of job hunting had either rejected me or given me radio silence. I had been… Continue reading When Your Brain Becomes the Unexpected Villain in Your Job Search

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Drifting

It's no secret that I'm a worrier. If there are clouds in the sky and the meteorologist calls for no rain, I still carry around an umbrella.  I insistently ask if a sick loved one is okay throughout the day until they are better.  When I am asked about future decisions, I stutter my way… Continue reading Drifting