On Writing with a “Personal Style”

If you’ve ever read a McCarthy novel, you already know what I’m getting at. People love him or hate him (I come from the first school), and the latter often feels the way they do because he seems to hold something against the conventional use of punctuation. And, if you’re reading out loud, breathing. If … Continue reading On Writing with a “Personal Style”

Me, Myself, and I

I don’t know if this is the case for all other English speaking countries, but here in the US, kindergartners know how to use “me” properly in a sentence. For example, “Please call me if you need anything.” We continue to use “me” correctly right up until someone, usually a teacher, tells us sometimes “me” … Continue reading Me, Myself, and I

Why I Write

I read a Reader’s Digest article (from the September 2017 Genius Issue) describing the phenomenon of bestsellers growing “simpler” by the year. This is not a commentary on the article, but a few quick thoughts inspired by its subject matter. I’m also currently reading Moby Dick. I am not particularly enjoying the read --no offense … Continue reading Why I Write

Book Review – Slaughterhouse Five

The most recent book I finished on Audible was Kurt Vonnegut’s famous Slaughterhouse Five --narrated by James Franco! I didn’t know what to expect going into it at all. I’d never read any of his books, and didn’t know anything beforehand about this one, except that both author and novel are widely acclaimed. I didn’t … Continue reading Book Review – Slaughterhouse Five

Make Your Writing Kick Ass

Ever read back over your action scene, only to find it lacking? It's not always easy to get what you see in your mind on paper; especially when it's supposed to be a balls to the wall action scene. Often these scenes come across dull and even boring because the writer hasn't used effective language … Continue reading Make Your Writing Kick Ass

Awesome Blogger Award

Wow, a huge thank you to storyspillerblog for nominating me! You have an incredible, insightful blog and have left many encouraging comments on my posts. It is a big honor to receive a nomination from you! Also, thank you to Dreaming of Guatemala for creating this award. 🙂 “This is an award for the absolutely … Continue reading Awesome Blogger Award

Writing Dialogue

English grammar is hard. It is exceedingly rare for a person to have a “perfect” grasp of the English language, especially when there are so many exceptions and so much encouragement to bend its already pliable rules. Even native speakers often struggle with writing. This post would be immense if I tried to cover all … Continue reading Writing Dialogue

Naming Fictional Characters

Some people put a lot of importance on character names. I’ve even heard people say they’ll put a book down if they don’t like the names in it. I, for one, do not feel this way. Being incapable of pronouncing a name doesn’t much deter me. I figure out how I think it’s said, and … Continue reading Naming Fictional Characters

How I Make Characters

I come up with characters quickly. By the time I’ve imagined them, I usually know the main premise of their personality and what I hope to accomplish with them. But there is more I need to know about a character than looks and main personality traits. Here is how I flesh them out into people … Continue reading How I Make Characters

Flash Fiction: Maze

We call this place the Maze.   It doesn’t have a meandering path. It is not asymmetric. There is not a block of cheese at the end.   We call this place the Maze because it is hard to get out.   It’s not a prison, not really. In prison they feed you. In prison, … Continue reading Flash Fiction: Maze