Redwood

Because…

Today I'm doing something a little different.  I've begun blogging over at Redwood Park Communities, the organization where I volunteer. I’ll never forget my first intake interview at United House. It was my birthday, a year and a half ago.  I had already been involved with Redwood Park Communities since the beginning, helping to gut… Continue reading Because…

Writing

5 Ways to Build an Epic World

  If you’re writing a novel, you need a setting. If you’re writing a fantasy novel, your setting needs to be an epic world. Whether you’re writing fantasy, historical fiction, or even something in your own backyard, you need to immerse the reader in that world without drowning them. There are a lot of novels… Continue reading 5 Ways to Build an Epic World

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Writer Wednesday: 3 Rules for Keeping Tension Alive

Have you ever heard the expression "jump the shark"?  It's a term from television, stemming from the moment when the show "Happy Days" passed its peak.  Now people use it to describe that tipping point of any TV show.  I'd like to suggest we writers can jump the shark, too.It's all about keeping tension in… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 3 Rules for Keeping Tension Alive

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Writer Wednesday: 10 Questions to Ask Your Character

The internet is full of helpful lists of questions to ask your date so you can get to know them.  But have you ever thought about using these questions to get to know your characters?  After all, you're about to embark on an intimate journey with this person.  You need to know more than just… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 10 Questions to Ask Your Character

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Monday Motivation: 3 Myths about Daydreaming

I've always been a daydreamer.  More often than not, as a child, it got me into trouble.  But the more I've thought about my wool-gathering habit as an adult, the more I realize that my greatest strengths rely on this sometimes misunderstood state of mind.  Here are some ways I think we've got daydreaming wrong.Myth… Continue reading Monday Motivation: 3 Myths about Daydreaming

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Writer Wednesday: Getting Reacquainted with your Manuscript

Have you ever come back to a work in progress after a break and found it a stranger?This is something I've done many a time.  Hello there, book-to-be.  Who are you exactly?  And where do we go from here?I've made plenty of mistakes with this process, daunting mistakes that almost made me give up on… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: Getting Reacquainted with your Manuscript

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Writer Wednesday: 5 Leaps of Faith for your writing

Ever get to the place in your writing where you just want to play it safe?  I think every writer gets there.  Doesn't every writer have a manuscript that's too blah because you were too scared to go where you should have gone?  Or a manuscript that's gathering dust because you're too scared for anyone… Continue reading Writer Wednesday: 5 Leaps of Faith for your writing