We talked recently about the importance of ridding a story of whatever isn’t absolutely necessary and/or doesn’t advance the story. This “excess” can be anything from losing a line of description to cutting out a character. Or a scene. In the case of novels, entire chapters. But once we’ve reduced a story to its bare … Continue reading Open the Doors. Walk Right In!
A Little Fiction: All Fall Down
Shelly and Hank had planned this camping trip as an attempt at getting back together. It wasn’t working. He was late picking her up, the drive took five hours instead of their usual three, and when they finally found a space to camp, they argued over where to set up the tent. She dropped the … Continue reading A Little Fiction: All Fall Down
Great Expectations: Ten Things to Expect When You Launch Your Book
Welcome to the new world of this first-time author! It's a grand place to be, full of surprises and rare moments. The learning curve has been steep at times, but it's oh-so-much fun. After months of preparation and anticipation and, finally, these last two weeks of launching Crosscurrents and Other Stories, I want to share … Continue reading Great Expectations: Ten Things to Expect When You Launch Your Book