Note To Self – Stop Thinking So Much!

Got to thinking today about how much time we lose over-thinking things. We have a bright idea. Then we think of all the alternatives. Then we carefully think through each alternative including the benefits of doing nothing. In the meantime our original idea has gone...

Writing Retreats: A writer’s place to be

Just spent a couple of weeks with family in South Africa. My mother’s house, a Bed & Breakfast in a little town called Alicedale, about an hour out of Port Elizabeth, is the kind of place writers dream about when they think about writing retreats.  The only...

How to get from the real world to a story idea?

The short story is a fiction microcosm. A Petri dish where all the elements of a good read, from story idea to the afterglow you get when it stays with you, are present, but in small pieces. As part of my own exploration into that Petri dish, I’m reading a lot...

Do you feel at home in your story world?

Exactly how at home do you feel in your story world? No matter how real or fantastic it is, your story world needs to feel like a place you’ve known your whole life. You are the kid on the block who’s explored the gutters at two in the morning because you...