National Novel Writing Month

November is National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. It is a time when writers all over the world spend thirty days writing a full-length novel of 50,000 words or more. This year, I've decided to join the ranks. Have you? According to their website, NaNoWriMo began in 1999. The organization grew into a non-profit in … Continue reading National Novel Writing Month

Story Types: The Novel

Two weeks ago, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story types are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear. On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. We began … Continue reading Story Types: The Novel

Story Types: Novellas

Last week, we began a discussion on story lengths. This came from a question I have been asked of late: what types of story are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short story. Last week, we began with … Continue reading Story Types: Novellas

Story Types: Short Stories

A question I have been asked of late is, how does the industry define various story lengths? Or, perhaps more specifically, other than a novel, what types of story writing are there? This is a more complex answer than it may appear.On the surface, we have two types of stories: the novel and the short … Continue reading Story Types: Short Stories

Indie Author Day

Next Saturday, October 8, 2016, is Indie Author Day. Libraries across the nation will host events related to authors who publish through small independent presses and self-publishing. Besides local events, at 1 pm Central, library communities will be able to participate in a digital program featuring a Q & A with industry leaders. Manitowoc, Wisconsin … Continue reading Indie Author Day

Conversations with Wisconsin Artists Interview

Last week, I was interviewed by Rex Owens during Conversations with Wisconsin Artists on Sun Prairie's KSUN 103.5.  The hour long program airs twice a month and features people with a variety of artistic expertise. During my interview, I spoke about what inspired me to write my fist novel, The Vanishing Kidnapper, as well as my experience with Intercultural Communication. … Continue reading Conversations with Wisconsin Artists Interview

So You Want to Write…

So you want to write. Where do you start? Here are two tips to get you going.   First, read. Especially read in the type of genre in which you want to write. Read well-written materials. Read the classics. Read what you enjoy. Branch out and read a book you don't think you'd like. Read. … Continue reading So You Want to Write…

Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

The past few weeks, I've been doing research on genres. Specifically the difference between mysteries, suspense, and thrillers. All of these are often found under the greater umbrella of crime fiction, but lately, mysteries have come to stand on their own. Thrillers can also be tied to horror and suspense is often left in the … Continue reading Mystery, Suspense, and their Definitions

Peaks and Valleys

Rejection can be incredibly painful. In the writing world, it can sometimes be even more so. Our written words come from inside of us, the story we tell, and having it rejected or critiqued is like purposefully baring our souls to the lash. There have been many articles written on turning a rejection letter into … Continue reading Peaks and Valleys

It’s Back-to-School

Has Back-to-School snuck up on you? It has to me. One minute it's summer, the next it's time to welcome students back, send kids off to school, or get started on studying. I have always basically either been a student or teacher (and sometimes both at the same time). Because of that, I've come to … Continue reading It’s Back-to-School