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.

Happy Birthday To My Fictional Characters

Happy Birthday To My Fictional Characters This morning my sister sent me a text–“I wonder if you know the day Kip was born on.”  I promptly sent her a copy of my Aeon Timeline, a timeline development software program compatible with Scrivener, the novel writing software, showing his pre-book life history and that of most

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Good Friday, Better Me.

Good Friday, Better Me. In most cases it’d be a cliché to say, “I’m changing,” but in this case, I feel it’s dramatic enough to not be. It was five years ago last month that my second marriage came crashing to an end. The details, many still like fresh wounds under a band-aide that can

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McDonald’s Archenemies: The Protagonist v Antagonist

McDonald’s Archenemies: The Protagonist v Antagonist  The new McDonald’s commercial, Archenemies, is a great 60-second spot all aspiring writers should watch again and again. Why? They say a story is only as good as the battle going on between the protagonist and the antagonist. That’s the battle between the good guy and the bad guy. If

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The Artist’s Way

The Artist’s Way This morning I began something new. Morning Pages. They came at the behest of Julie Cameron, the author of The Artist’s Way, a book that’s been referred to multiple times now in the work I’m doing in the SMU Writer’s Path program. Morning Pages are simple. You wake up. You grab a

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The Writer’s Journey

The Writer’s Journey For much of my life I have been in love with writing. If you jump over to TraverseAdventures.com, you’ll see a reference to the window at 208 Fortress Street on what was KI Sawyer AFB, in Gwinn, Michigan. From that window of opportunity,  I would sit at my kidney bean desk and a children’s

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The Road Taken Along The SMU Writer’s Path

The Road Taken Along The SMU Writer’s Path  The exciting thing about life is we really don’t know where we’re going to wind up next. Honestly, we can plan, we can arrange, we can have goals, and we can strive to get somewhere, but there are no guarantees and life and the Lord have this

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The Myers Briggs Temperament For Character Development

The Myers Briggs Temperament For Character Development Sometime in 2013, I began reading and rereading Robert McKee‘s tome, STORY, to better understand what I was doing in helping authors get published, but now, I’m all into writing my own work. A few weeks ago, I stumbled upon two books that have gone beyond, well beyond,

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My Myers Briggs is an ISFP, IXFJ, ESFJ and an INTJ

My Myers Briggs is an ISFP, IXFJ, ESFJ and an INTJ  In my quest to write my first novel, not as a plot-first venture, but with a balanced character-first/plot-first approach, I came to read Jeff Gerke’s book Plot Versus Character. In the opening sections of his book, he says he stumbled upon David Keirsey’s book,

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