Conflict is the fuel of Story

Conflict is the fuel of Story

While we usually want to avoid conflict in real life, in fiction, it is what drives the characters and story forward toward the climactic scene. When I do workshops, the first thing we do is get the author to say the core idea of his/her book in one sentence. That can...

Seven Days In May– A military coup?

Seven Days in May is one of those rare things: a movie that is better than the source book. The book isn’t bad, but it’s full of lectures to the reader, while the movie does away with all that exposition and is a fast-paced drama. One of my favorite parts...
The Idea is the seed of your novel

The Idea is the seed of your novel

I’m in the process of updating all my slideshows on writing the novel and got the first four done: Idea, Conflict, Plot and Point of View. More are in the pipeline. These are free, downloadable slideshows. Since they’re standing on their own without me...
The Unit Meets Warehouse 13

The Unit Meets Warehouse 13

That’s the way I pitched Nightstalkers. First three books only .99 all of February. When I was flying around with my team in black helicopters, we wondered who the other guys flying around in them were? Nightstalkers are the elite Special Ops unit that take care...