Intro

Hi! I’m Ross. I’m happy to be here, in a world where faces, introductions, and ideals are all shared through prose. I’m a guy with a sharp memory, a lion-like sense of compassion for people, and a dozen stories I’ll tell time and time again, getting a little bit better the older I get. When…

Writing Update and “Take Back the Night”

Tonight, either you or someone you know are probably taking a stand, marching, and speaking out against sexual assault. We join in unity for “Take Back the Night,” an international community awareness movement in which rape, sexual assault, and victim shaming are brought to light and denounced. It is an event which originated in Europe,…

Lessons to Practice #12: Emotionally Charging Your Scenes

Hello and good evening, faithful audience. For this next installment of my “Lessons to Practice” series, I’m taking a closer look at the way in which we bring scenes alive in order to sustain a viable, engaging, and memorable story.  In my humble opinion, the most critical key to making a scene grab my readers…

Life Update and New Pinterest Character Board

This week life has been astoundingly great to me. I finally got my counseling license in the mail, which I had been worried about for the past several weeks (insert subtle panic attack here). I also took the final step in securing my next job opportunity, which I will have more details on next week. But most…

Lessons to Practice #11: Plotting a Hero’s Journey (Part 2 of 2)

I have a super awesome announcement tonight: this past Monday, at around 11:41 AM, I completed my first draft of book 1 in my trilogy, The Virility Project! This is by far my largest and most thematically complex work of fiction to date, and one whose idea I first conceived waaay back in early 2009. After a couple…

What are My Inspirations for Writing?

Hello and happy Thursday! How’s your night going? I want to thank you – yes, you – in advance for spending at least part of it reading my post. Now that I’ve settled into a very consistent writing schedule, writing and editing (both line and developmental) six days a week, I thought I would take…

Lessons to Practice #10: Plotting a Hero’s Journey (Part 1 of 2)

Hello! I hope this blog post finds you well. I’d like to thank Akaluv, The Eye-Dancers, Meher, and thesarahdoughty for stopping by and liking one or several of my Lessons to Practice posts over the past few weeks. You all help me keep my motivation alive 🙂 Last week, I briefly explored the archetypal three-act…

Reading Update: The Pain Behind Dark Comedy

Hello and good evening! I hope you’re having a good night and enjoying it in the loving company of either yourself or those closest to you. In mulling over what I said about my current readings last Saturday, I encountered some deep personal feelings about the pitch-black comedy of David Foster Wallace. I used words like “hilarious”…

Reading Update: From YA to Verbal Gymnastics

Greetings! I apologize for uploading this blog post two days behind my set schedule. I took some Me time Thursday to make ravioli from scratch with friends, then go to the movies. We went and saw Ghost in the Shell, and I was blown away at how faithfully the live-action adaptation followed the first two anime movies…

Lessons to Practice #8: The Compelling Protagonist

Before I begin, I’d like to apologize for not doing my usual Thursday night writing posts. I have been without internet at my town home for the past two weeks, which has made writing a bit more challenging. Luckily we should have our services up and running by tomorrow afternoon, so you can expect my…

Lessons to Practice #7: The Essence of Setting

Tonight I have setting on my mind. Not just its importance or its definition, but its essence. What makes a setting? Is it a specific physical location? A staging ground for the characters to interact and develop? Or the ways in which a particular place triggers our five senses and evokes our emotional response? For me,…

Lessons to Practice #6: Opening Lines

You’ve thought of your story idea, devised your main character and your supporting cast, created a basic outline, and maybe even written down your story’s central themes. Yet all of that work, as rewarding and powerful as it is, still feels like you’re holding your breath. When does the exhale finally happen? When you dive…