The Self-control Challenge
Inspiration

The Self-control Challenge

How would you feel if you were assigned to write a blog about self-discipline? Me? I’m thinking about chocolate right now. Or cookies hot out of the oven.  If you’d asked me to write about celebrating in December, I’d be your girl. But self-discipline in January? I systematically purged my pantry and refrigerator after our…

A Writer’s Palette
Craft of Writing

A Writer’s Palette

Summer heat crept through narrow slits around our front door. The cracked tile on one end of the foyer drew my eyes up to a hole in the drywall from a roller blade mishap. Mental note. Find a bigger rug. I picked up a rumpled carpet runner to shake it outside. A crawdad fell out….

Sing the Protagonist Blues
Fiction | Craft of Writing

Sing the Protagonist Blues

Every story needs a good hero. The flawed one we love to root for. The one who faces a challenge and comes out stronger on the other end. Even a superhero has a weakness. Maybe he’s misunderstood or misjudged in an ordinary world where he just doesn’t fit. Worse, a malevolent creep lurks nearby with…

A Platform
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A Platform

One night in 2009 on Britain’s Got Talent, a little woman walked on stage, hairy eyebrows and a saucy attitude. Nervous, she struggled to remember where she lived. In the background were snickers and whispers of ridicule as she shared her dream to become a professional singer. Everyone laughed. The judges and the audience. Until…

A Villain’s Bio
Inspiration

A Villain’s Bio

Big and hairy, green teeth dripping with goo. You get the idea. It’s a villain. No matter what he, she or it looks like, a bad guy’s primary goal is to shut down the good guy. The protagonist needs to make forward motion and for whatever reason, the villain disagrees. In good fiction, the bad…