Are You Cheating the “Show Don’t Tell” Rule with Dialogue?: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 9

Welcome to my ten-part series where we’ll be going through the ten basics of storytelling as outlined in my guidebook The 10 Lost Elements of Storytelling – a book you can get for free by subscribing to my newsletter! In these posts, we’ll pound out the basics of these storytelling elements, but my guidebook is … Continue reading Are You Cheating the “Show Don’t Tell” Rule with Dialogue?: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 9

Conflict Keeps Interest: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 8

Welcome to my ten-part series where we’ll be going through the ten basics of storytelling as outlined in my guidebook The 10 Lost Elements of Storytelling – a book you can get for free by subscribing to my newsletter! In these posts, we’ll pound out the basics of these storytelling elements, but my guidebook is more detailed on … Continue reading Conflict Keeps Interest: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 8

Reblog: 7 Ways to Find Telling in Your Writing by First Edition Design Publishing

...I’ve since discovered that it’s almost impossible to see Telling in your own writing just by reading. The story you’re sharing is alive in your mind, playing like a movie, with every detail available to your brain, from the pink sky your characters stand under in your scene, to the low hum of traffic in the distance. … Continue reading Reblog: 7 Ways to Find Telling in Your Writing by First Edition Design Publishing

Feeling Down About Your Writing? You’re Not Alone!

Happy Monday! Starting today, you'll not only see motivation in my Monday posts, but also a writing prompt you can use throughout the week. This week's writing prompt: Snow. The point is to think outside the box for this one; I'd love to see something totally unique and unexpected. If you write a story based … Continue reading Feeling Down About Your Writing? You’re Not Alone!

Announcing My 2023 Writing Projects: New Year Spectacular Finale!

It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for! After giving this year a lot of thought, I decided that I’m going to go all out in 2023. My goal is to publish three books, write two major short stories, edit and pursue traditional publication for Project Pea, finish a video game script, and begin a … Continue reading Announcing My 2023 Writing Projects: New Year Spectacular Finale!

What Makes Your Book Different?: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 6

Welcome to my ten-part series where we’ll be going through the ten basics of storytelling as outlined in my guidebook The 10 Lost Elements of Storytelling – a book you can get for free by subscribing to my newsletter! In these posts, we’ll be going over the basics of these storytelling elements, but my guidebook is more detailed … Continue reading What Makes Your Book Different?: Basic Storytelling Elements Part 6

First Cold: A boy’s first winter on an alien planet

A shiver forced Vaughn’s eyes to see reality again. He wrapped his arms tightly around himself.  “I'm gonna kill Kiefer," he muttered, kicking his boot at a dark object buried halfway in the ground, which he unpleasantly discovered was a rock from the smarting in his toes.  What was more interesting, though, was that the … Continue reading First Cold: A boy’s first winter on an alien planet

Not Just a Writer: Why writers must find self-worth in something other than achievements

You're a writer. Of course you are. What else could you possibly be? When it comes down to it, isn't that the part of your life that matters the most?  But adopting the wrong identity is incredibly dangerous. And, despite how innocent it might seem, branding yourself first and foremost as a writer might be … Continue reading Not Just a Writer: Why writers must find self-worth in something other than achievements