Writing Craft

The Total Buy In

The Total Buy In

Note: Spoiler Alert One Saturday night a while back my family and I rented Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (In an eerie coincidence, we were ten minutes into the movie when an earthquake measuring 7.7 hit a few hours north of us. Luckily there was no damage and I didn’t find out until later about it… Read more →

WE GO WHERE OUR FASCINATIONS LEAD US

WE GO WHERE OUR FASCINATIONS LEAD US

Writers are often asked, “Where do you get your ideas?” The question will elicit a different answer from every writer. But I’m guessing the subtext to the myriad replies would be something like, “I get my ideas from my fascinations.” We all have fascinations; they’re definitely not restricted to writers—we just tend to blab about them in a public forum,… Read more →

			When the Koala Comes to Call

When the Koala Comes to Call

I live in the Northern Hemisphere. Not on an ice flow but fairly far north, well beyond what you’d call tropical. So imagine my shock when I looked out my office window in the dead of winter and saw a koala perched on a branch of my gnarled apple tree. Yes, I’d had my morning coffee and, no, it didn’t… Read more →

STORIES THAT SAG AND DRAG

STORIES THAT SAG AND DRAG

I am a fan of Robert McKee. I have his book, STORY: Substance,  Structure, Style, and The Principles of Screenwriting, and there’s more nuggets of story-writing wisdom contained within its pages than I’ll internalize and master during my lifetime.  In short McKee knows his stuff. I even attended one of his three day workshops in 2009, and I’d say it… Read more →

     Revising? Get out the Power Tools

Revising? Get out the Power Tools

Book revisions remind me a lot of home renovations. Case in point: the floors in my house. Last spring, my husband and I decided, on something of a whim, to get our hardwood floors refinished. Our house is old and lovingly cared for. The floors, however, were old and hadn’t been loved in 24 years. Clearly I was in a… Read more →