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.