As a science center director in a former life, my job was to show our audiences how science works, not simply to tell them. The Aha! moments made the experience real for the thousands of kids, adults, and young adults that visited. When they left, there was a good chance they would remember the scientific concept behind the hands-on exhibit.
Writing is much the same. Writers need that Aha! encounter to grow and nourish their ideas into a final piece of work. That’s what this blog is all about. It’s about MY “minds-on” adventure with words — one I enjoy sharing with readers. Whether it’s about the research aspect, the craft of writing itself, or the emotional roller coaster of putting myself out there in the public eye . . . my blog is me. Pure and simple.
I welcome your thoughts and hope you enjoy reading them as much as I enjoy writing them.
Transforming a simple idea into a novel.read more
Jump-start that outline.read more
Writer be wary of the first five pages.read more
The Christmas Truce, and amazing story of peace . . . for a day.read more
Not So Pure Puritansread more
Fiction can infuse new life into historyread more
A funny thing happened at my critique group . . .read more
Chapter endings are as important as beginnings.read more
When in doubt and you’re stuck writing your mystery, simply murder someone!read more
The power of character names.read more