Required Reading

So a little while ago I was reading some Batman. In particular the graphic novels Hush and The Man Who Laughs. Which sparked an idea, which sparked some musings, which led to discussion that ended up in a story. It was one of those times that I was in between projects and feeling adrift, things... Continue Reading →

Empathy Or Emotional Intelligence When Writing?

  Short answer: both. But now let me get into each one respectively and how they can both be applied to your writing for incredible results and character insights! Empathy: Described as the identification with or understanding of thoughts, feelings, or emotional state of another person (at least according to my word hippo app -... Continue Reading →

Convention and the Creative Writer

I don't know about anyone else, but my road to creative success, even just personally, has been one riddled with the doubts, compromises and all out stop gaps of what I've come to label -not affectionately mind you - the "convention panics". I've never been one to fold or fall easily to the whims of... Continue Reading →

The Art of Being

It is National Mental Health Awareness month and I am no stranger to the effects these types of afflictions have on one inter-personally as well as personally. You could say it's a family trait, but really it has been etched upon what little history is known to me of my family tree. My mother suffers... Continue Reading →

Something To “Crow” About

  The other day I went walking into my room and there it was seeming to fly straight at me, straight into my very vision: a big black crow with wings expanded gliding forward as if to catch its prey in readied talons. It was, after all just flying onto the upper gutter of roof,... Continue Reading →

I Have Nothing To Say… Among Other Excuses

How many times have I been here before, or for that matter have you? Sitting before a blank page on a screen or in a notebook with an empty head and a tight chest as the feeling of disappointment strikes with the realization that here you are ready to work but without anything to say.... Continue Reading →

Why The Biggest Fan Of Your Writing Has To Be You

  As children we tend not to need other's permission or approval to do something creative, to go for something that we want or feel we need to do. We have a unyielding confidence that paves the way for ultimate belief in our vision and skills at conveying and achieving its means ends. Of course... Continue Reading →

Writing Backwards

There are certain guidelines to writing, at least when you go to study it. You will learn to outline and sequence. How to create a three act structure (depending on the medium in which you write.) Basically you will learn how to write a cohesive story in a thought out and organized manner that will... Continue Reading →

Get Over The Shame And Just Go

  I'm not sure I know of anyone who has lived a creative life without having gone through the fire of conventional doubt. Really what is life without the tests that make us prove ourselves and fight for what is really worth it? Sometimes though, the tests come too many, too fast and when you... Continue Reading →

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