On Writing

The Worst Drivers in the Union

They never signal. They pass on the right. They weave in and out of traffic with no regard for their safety or that of others. I'm talking, of course, about drivers from the state of Nevada. Or Georgia. Or Missouri. It really depends on who you ask. One study, in fact, did ask this question,… Continue reading The Worst Drivers in the Union

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announcements

Next Week: R.R. Campbell Live on 103.5 FM

On Monday, November 18th at 10 a.m. central time, I'll be interviewed on 103.5 FM – The Sun, which broadcasts from south-central Wisconsin. Over the course of the interview, I'll discuss the EMPATHY sci-fi saga, my other works in progress, and what it means to be a creative in the 21st century. If you’re unable… Continue reading Next Week: R.R. Campbell Live on 103.5 FM

Crafting Villains – Novel Approaches 020

In an episode oddly chockfull of Care Bears and Smurfs, r.r. and Sione tackle the dark side of storytelling. What distinguishes a villain from an antagonist? How can we avoid creating caricatures of evil? Will r.r. ever remember the names of the actors in his favorite shows?

writing

It’s time to start being honest.

It wasn't working. None of it was. Maybe it was the changing of the seasons. Maybe it was the general Creative's Malaise that comes with feeling as though we're always pushing a boulder uphill. Maybe it was nothing. Whatever it was, though, an unyielding sense of oppression had imposed itself on me, lurking long enough… Continue reading It’s time to start being honest.

editing, education

Now Available: Editing and Writescast Academy Gift Cards!

Based on feedback from the community and in keeping with my goal of making my writing coach services as accessible as possible, I'm proud to now offer gift cards through my online shop! What are these gift cards? What are they for? These gift cards allow writers' family members and friends to make it even… Continue reading Now Available: Editing and Writescast Academy Gift Cards!

editing

Now Offering Ten Page Editing Samples!

As writers, it can be difficult to know which editor will be the best fit for our work, let alone whether any given editor will be worth what they charge. That's why I've decided to make it even easier to decide whether I'm the right editor for you. I'm now offering free ten-page critiques to… Continue reading Now Offering Ten Page Editing Samples!

education

That’s a Wrap! Thank you, UW.

Thursday, October 3rd marked the final day of teaching for my first course through the University of Wisconsin's Department of Continuing Studies in Writing. The course I was teaching was "Write Your Novel Now - Plotting Your Way to Success," a series of classes based on material I created from my own experiences in preparing… Continue reading That’s a Wrap! Thank you, UW.