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How To Create Compelling Characters

When you’re creating a character from scratch it’s a good idea to know her name, her hair color, and how she takes her coffee…but those elements are just the start. 1,632 more words


A Writer's Week Long Vacay in NW PA with My Daughter



I’m in the wilds of northwest PA taking a little vacay to write. My daughter Alyssa decided to tag along for some relaxation in the country. 248 more words


The Genius of Two

History is full of creative duos. Some spurred each other on through competition – others through unity and collaboration. Joshua Wolf Shenk’s “Powers of Two” 624 more words


On Spinning Plates

I’m in full swing at last, so I’ll keep this week’s blog post brief, if you don’t mind. After being a writing machine for roughly two years, I’ve wallowed in a writing funk for the last month. 517 more words



When I’m stuck I often think of Michelangelo’s Captives – the four unfinished sculptures lining the Hall of Prisoners at the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence. They writhe and grimace within their marble prisons as they lead visitors towards Michelangelo’s more famous “David”. 274 more words


What Am I Reading? The Last Witch of Cahokia

What Am I Reading? The Last Witch of Cahokia


            The Last Witch of Cahokia (ISBN 9780979473746 Redoubt Books/Bluebird Publishing 2013) by Raymond Scott Edge concludes the trilogy of books beginning with… 1,826 more words

Review And Commentary

Editing Tip #46

First Impressions Pt.1 ~

Your book cover, your blurb, and your social media presence all make huge first impressions when it comes to enticing a reader to pick up your book and look inside. 787 more words