Novel Writing

I am enrolled in the Writer’s Path novel writing program at SMU. The program features the use of Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey and the 12-points of the Hero’s Journey outlined by Joseph Campbell.

Subjunctive Text–The English Answer to a Lack of Emotion

Subjunctive Text–The English Answer to a Lack of Emotion Saturday in Montgomery, Alabama, famed novelist Rita Mae Brown spoke during a workshop at the Alabama Book Festival about the hole in the English language caused by our vocabulary lacking the adequate words to “articulate emotion.” She says Subjunctive Text is English’s answer to our language

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The Emotional Craft of Fiction

Donald Maass is a literary editing GOD. There is no better way to say it. I’ve now maintained a snail’s pace, using pen and stickies, to actively absorb every possible word of three of his books–Writing the Breakout Novel, Writing 21st Century Fiction–and now The Emotional Craft of Fiction. During the fall, I took the

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Pretty Has A Price

I’ve now finished the first draft of my third book–each one unique and completely unrelated to the other. That’s three written since I began the Writer’s Path program at Southern Methodist University in August of 2014. The working title of Book Three is now “Pretty Has A Price.” The book begins with newly widowed Sterling

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Summer Reading, Traveling Abroad

So far this summer, I have spent an abundance of my time in Imperial Russia. I spent two to four days drifting off the coast of Cuba trying to reel in a very large fish. And I’ve spent a couple nights wandering the cafes of Paris. I’m three chapters under the stairs in the cupboard

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Read Twain’s End, by Lynn Cullen

In late April I had the fortune to meet Author Lynn Cullen while attending the Alabama Book Festival in Montgomery, Alabama. She was taking part in a workshop in discussing the process of writing historical fiction when I also had the fortune to be introduced to her latest literary work, Twain’s End, (Gallery Books, an

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Chasing My White Whale

Are you chasing a metaphorical white whale, something that continually gnaws at you, encompasses you, and is on the verge of driving you stark mad? If so, you must be a writer of some sort. Maybe an artist. Perhaps both. Today was I treated to the release of Steven Pressfield’s new book, Nobody Wants to Read

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Why If You’re Writing You Need To Know Of Shawn Coyne

If you have seen author and editor Shawn Coyne’s website, you’ll see the points below and know that I’m not giving anything away that he hasn’t already posted or put into his book The Story Grid, but I have to tell you, being conscious of the five aspects he identifies necessary for every scene, act

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My Three Novels and the SMU Writer’s Path Program

In March of 2014 I began doing something I’d only tried once before–to write a novel. I spent several months buying up whatever book I could find that offered advice on how to write the perfect novel. It was not until July that year that a successfully published author who was actually a client of

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The Agony of #amwriting

I’ve been doing some writing lately. Hashtag #amwriting is how we let others know on Twitter. This week, I began with around 61,000 words written on what is a second novel. Today, I have 91,000 words. It took almost 16 months to figure out how to write a book by attending multiple courses in the Southern Methodist

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Go Set A Watchman

At 12:30 p.m. last night, I finished reading Harper Lee‘s Go Set A Watchman. It’s 277 pages and I bought the book Tuesday morning at 9:15 a.m. There was a period of time Tuesday when I thought about how I wanted to Go Set It Aside, but the story compelled me to keep going. At

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