Words into Worlds

Words into Worlds “The best descriptive writers are the best observers—of sight and sound, smell and taste, of texture” – Adam Sexton in Master Class in Fiction Writing Have you ever found yourself walking down the street, alone at night when no one else is around? Or maybe you were taking a walk through a …

When Making Time takes Too Much Time

When Making Time Takes Too Much Time: My Top Ten List to Avoid Procrastination Procrastination: It’s a word we all know. We have a love-hate relationship with it. On one hand, we love to procrastinate because it usually equates out to Netflix binge-watching, book-reading-fests, or video-game-a-thons. We can feel refreshed when we procrastinate. On the …

The Art of Character Creation

I was on a break this past week from my job teaching writing workshops, so it gave me extra time to focus on story creation and editing my own works, rather than my students. I have been stuck in editing mode for my larger novel that I would like to see out later this year …

Not-So-Well-Written

Today was Comic Writing and Art class and, like usual, my students were happy to do the drawing and doodle work but feeling reluctant when it came time to write. At one point a student told me “but I don’t write well”. I had to pause before reacting because I was really hurting for my …

Fearless Creativitiy

Fearless Creativity  Teaching a group of young adult writers this semester has really challenged me as a writer. Not just because these intelligent kids are looking for me to help them through sticky writing situations- plot problems, character development issues, wonky dialogue- which can be difficult in and of itself. Rather, these youth have challenged …

It’s a Hard Write Life

It’s a Hard Write Life”The first draft is the talent, in the second is the art.” – Paul Valery, French Poet   One of the most difficult things about writing is editing. I remember a few years ago when one of my college professors in a writing workshop told me that editing takes up the …