ON WRITING

BUILD A WORLD – Wherein I discuss my approach to worldbuilding, starting with a basic premise that will give structure to the world of Drawful the Awful.

DRAWFUL THE AWFUL, ROUGH DRAFT COMPLETE! – Wherein I discuss the plan for the blog now that I’ve finished the rough draft of Drawful the Awful, and my plan for editing the manuscript.

AUDIENCE DEMOGRAPHICS – Wherein I discuss the true impetus for Drawful the Awful turning into a full fledged novel, and my target audience.

THE SERIAL PANTSER – Wherein I discuss outlining novels, but holding on loosely and allowing characters to surprise me.

WHAT I ONCE THOUGHT A WRITER WAS – Wherein I muse on the maturation of my perception of what a writer is.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT – Wherein I preview an early concept drawing for Drawful, and discuss art and the plan for the project to come.

SERVE A PURPOSE – Wherein I share my aspiration to have my stories be rich yet lean without a superfluous word.

PARODY, SATIRE, & ABSURDISM – Wherein I discuss the science behind the art of comedy in writing.

BELIEVE – Wherein I share the advice of the great J.K. Rowling, and some advice I gave myself a year and a half ago that I received five months ago.

NOT WHAT YOU SAY, HOW YOU SAY IT – Wherein I confirm that Five Talents is done, lessons learned from my dalliance with a dragon, and where I go from here.

THE DAY JOB – Wherein I muse on the writing grind and treating your passion as a profession- if that’s your goal.

MAXIMIZING TIME – Wherein I muse on maximizing effectiveness and productivity, and my gratitude for my father.

MAPPING & MORALITY – Wherein I discuss using morality as the core to guide a story through character design, outlining and drafting.

KNOW THYSELF – Wherein I discuss the tangible, artistic and spiritual goals of my current novel project.

WRITING HOW I READ – Wherein I discuss the courage needed to scrap your draft and start fresh.

BASE IDEAS – Wherein I share an initial idea for a sequel to Five Talents, and promise to get to it… eventually.

GOALS & FINISH LINES – Wherein I discuss peace and satisfaction with my work being the primary goal, and self-publishing as a finish line to that end.

ANY & ALL LIKENESSES – Wherein I discuss the various ways real world people and events make it into my work, and my approach to handling them with care and respect.

BAD HABITS – Wherein I discuss how in pursuing one’s voice to fully embody work it’s as much a pursuit of curtailing bad habits as it is enhancing one’s strengths.

MOTIVATIONAL RITUALS & GRIND MODE – Wherein I discuss rituals and tactics to both reward and trick myself into sitting down at the desk and writing consistently.

PRODUCTIVE REST – Wherein I discuss the fallibility of the human body and the need/benefit of rest.

THE DARKNESS – Wherein I discuss my inner battle with the voice that tells me my writing doesn’t matter.

TONE EXPERIMENTS – Wherein I confirm the tone and an update to my approach with Unicorns, and my readiness to move forward.

THE CIRCLE CHASE – Wherein I confirm Five Talents being finalized and pending publication, and the projects already underway for the months the come.

CHARACTER STUDY: MICHAEL SCOTT IN THE OFFICE – Wherein I look back at one of my favorite TV Shows, The Office, as a prime example of writing deep, complex characters.

THE GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE – Wherein I discuss the lucky problem of having a plethora of next projects to choose from, and why I’m being patient and taking things one step at a time.

THERE & BACK AGAIN – Wherein I discuss the highlight of my trip to D.C. and what I brought back by way of writing inspiration rather than souvenirs.

THE REFLEX – Wherein I discuss the importance of training yourself to relish criticism of your work over positive feedback.

THE MARINADE – Wherein I discuss the value of friends’ feedback while a new novel idea marinades mentally, and getting to that ready stage for more serious outlining and planning.

THEMATIC MAPPING – Wherein I discuss my first step for novel planning: the thematic outline.

FROM THE BARRENS TO THE MOUNTAIN – Wherein I discuss finally finding the story and message I can place firm resolve in.

DUELING BANJOS – Wherein I discuss the inner conflict of emotions commanding attention, and drawing lines between different emotions, projects and messages.

THE AMERICAN HAIKU – Wherein I discuss how the Comic Strip is America’s equivalent of the Japanese Haiku and other thoughts on the constraints of medium.

I CAN’T GET NO SATISFACTION – Wherein I discuss the passing satisfaction of my paperback edition, and the hunger that keeps me going.

PROCESS IMPROVEMENTS – Wherein I discuss how the destination and journey for Beneath the Wood evolved, and what I learned for the journeys to come.

2017 AND BEYOND – Wherein I discuss the paperback edition of Beneath the Wood and discuss the months to come.

PAROXYSMS REGARDING SANITY – Wherein I discuss the importance of forcing yourself to take certain steps, even and especially before you’re totally ready.

QUERY LETTERS, ALWAYS BE CLOSING – Wherein I discuss my “Wall of No” and how I use no’s as fuel to keep at it.

WELCOME TO HEARTBREAK – Wherein I discuss how there’s always an easy path to coping with sadness, but there’s a better one than that to your art.

YOU CAN BE SUPERMAN, BUT… – Wherein I discuss the use and application of professional help as project management strategy.

COLLABORATION – Wherein I unveil the rough draft of the cover art for Beneath the Wood’s pending print edition.

PERSONAL MILESTONES – Wherein I discuss the art of love letters.

THE EDIT GRIND – Wherein I discuss taking a break at milestones and letting the itch of anxiety propel me to the next phase.

WHERE TO GO NEXT – Wherein I discuss how I’m picking the next project after Five Talents.

THE POST DRAFTING PIVOT – Wherein I discuss the change of seasons from writer to editor.

BUILD YOUR SHELTER – Wherein I discuss how and why depression is a reason to work rather than an impediment.

THE DEPRESSIVE LENS – Wherein I discuss how depression and your mental/emotional state is a lens through which you understand the world for your art.

MOVE FORWARD – Wherein I discuss crutches and burning everything to the ground.

THE MAN WHO FALLS ASLEEP – Wherein I discuss the importance of constructive criticism and the value of those with eccentric sleeping habits.

THE THREE DIMENSIONAL CHARACTER – Wherein I discuss rallies where things are #notokay and why knowing is the first step towards the ultimate goal of empathy.

TWO ROUTES TO HUMOR – Wherein I share the secret to a well timed joke before fleeing for donuts.

WRITING FOR AN AUDIENCE OF ONE OR ONE MILLION – The importance of knowing who you’re writing to and what you’re trying to tell them.

DAYS OFF, CORE MESSAGE, AND RESOLVE – The importance of knowing how to take the hits and keep moving forward.

THE RIGHT AMOUNT OF PLANNING – The importance of outlining. Setting up a destination but being free to explore via winding narrative experimentation.

ON BREAKS AND NOVEL PROJECTS – The importance of breaking things down through planning and propelling yourself forward in your work.