The Writer and New Experiences


Some of the best advice I ever received from any writing instructor was that writers, in order to write better and more interesting things, must all the time be looking for new experiences to broaden their horizons.  This last week I did just that. Most often, for me at least, experiencing new things usually involves … Continue reading

The SCAMPER Method: A Creativity Crisis Breaker


Not everyone wakes up in the middle of the night to stumble in the dark, find a notepad or their phone’s notes app to write down a fresh idea for a novel. Most people struggle with creativity. As a matter of fact in an article in Newsweek dated July 2010, authors Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman found … Continue reading

School Begins and Writing Continues

School Begins and Writing Continues


Today I am attending yet another in-service meeting to begin the teaching year and I’m completely ready to start the year.  It looks like a good year this year even though our legislature is populated with tons of anti-education dogs, our governor thinks we are all slugs, and money is (as always) tight. Of course … Continue reading

New Podcast Up: Take a Vacation Not a Trip


In this episode we discuss the idea I put forth in a blog post last week about taking a vacation instead of going on a trip.  Ryan had some other ideas about the subject, and it turns out to be a little more individual matter than most would realize.  Oh yeah, and we give our spoiler … Continue reading

Writers Need a Vacation, Not A Trip


    I recently returned from Albion, Indiana where I visited my wife’s brother and his six children.  We had made the 16 hour drive from Oklahoma because my wife’s brother, his wife and his two oldest children went on a mission trip to Panama and needed my wife’s Dad to watch the house and … Continue reading

Cut Out All the Unnecessary Bits


As stated before, I really like Blake Crouch’s first book in the Wayward Pines series, simply titled Pines.  It is a science-fiction mystery-thriller packed with twists and turns and strange and wonderful plot developments.  I felt that Crouch does a fantastic job of dropping little clues here and there to keep a reader guessing while never once … Continue reading

5 Fears Writers Must Overcome


Over the years I have become more and more determined in my quest for greater distribution of my work, and along that journey I have had to not just overcome but put to rest many fears that I had about being an independent novelist.  I have three novels under my belt at present, and am … Continue reading