The Advantage of Indie Publishing: Speed & Coronavirus

The Advantage of Indie Publishing: Speed & Coronavirus

I’ve had a new version of The Green Beret Preparation and Survival Guide out for some months now. But given recent events, I wanted to beef up the section I already had on Pandemics with information on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) So I wrote a section, added it to...
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...
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...
When an artist gets discouraged remember this . . .

When an artist gets discouraged remember this . . .

There was a young girl who wanted to be a violinist. She practiced hard for many years. Finally, when she was a teenager, her hero, a famous violinist, a master, whom she modeled herself after, was coming to town for a concert. The young girl attended the concert and...