I'm the girl who would rather go into an Office Max or The Container Store than the shoe department at Nordstroms. I love any little doo-dads that might make my life a little easier. I like to be organized; I'm not a neat freak, just organized. This past week, I discovered the mother of all organizational tools on … Continue reading Cool Tool to Organize your Writing
I've reached the last stage of the hero cycle in this series. It is known as "The Return." This is where all the people who watched the potential hero answer his call and embark on his journey welcome him home with open arms and shower him with gifts. Really. That's what this stage is all about. I … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #3 – The Return
When we think of "initiations," we often think of drinking rituals or hazing type situations which somehow solidify a group. In terms of the Hero Cycle, or Hero's Journey, the "Initiation" is the second major stage. I wrote about the first stage, "The Departure," here, if you're interested. This archetypal pattern appears in contemporary fiction, … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #2 – The Initiation
I still haven’t finished my novel’s first draft, but last week I dug myself out of a bit of a plot hole by relying on . . . my education. Shocking, I know, but it’s nice when those English degrees actually come in handy. I was having a hard time transitioning from the all the … Continue reading The Hero Cycle #1 – The Departure
This past weekend, I had a two by four hit me in the head again, as life hammered another lesson home. It's a lesson that I've learned before, but one that I clearly needed to learn again, hence the two by four. On Friday morning, my alarm went off at 4 am, so I could … Continue reading If I can write, I can write . . . right?
The idea that every story has already been told is a potentially depressing one for a writer embarking on a writing journey. The problem with this saying is that it’s patently false. Every story has not been told. When people say this, they mean that every story archetype or pattern has been discovered. Examples of such … Continue reading Every Story HAS NOT Been Told
I’ve been thinking about this a lot lately as I’ve spent the last two weeks taking notes and writing down ideas anticipating the day I'd have time to sit down and write something. After working probably 75+ hours over each of the last two weeks (sometimes being a high school teacher and coach can suck every second … Continue reading Where do scenes come from?