Lessons to Practice #16: Perfecting Act Two of Your Story

¡Buenas tardes! We're right in the midst of a new week, and for some of us that means getting back into the rhythm of work, self-care, and all the usual adult responsibilities. My hope is that, no matter how busy your schedule gets, you can still find time to get your creative writing and blogging … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #16: Perfecting Act Two of Your Story

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Lessons to Practice #15: The Critical Cast of Supporting Characters

Greetings! I thank you guys and gals for your patience as things went dark on my blog for the past week; I spent the last four days moving into my new apartment. It was definitely an eventful weekend! Fortunately, I got to spend most of it with my mom, who came in to town to … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #15: The Critical Cast of Supporting Characters

Lessons to Practice #14: Nailing True-to-Life Dialogue

Hello! Did you know that I recently became a member of the Denton Writers' Critique Group? I was fortunate enough to stumble across the group's website in late January, and I attended my first meeting that very same night. My writing craft has never been stronger or more fully supported than now, and I graciously … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #14: Nailing True-to-Life Dialogue

Lessons to Practice #13: Using Art, Music, and Pop Culture References in Your Writing

There are few things more powerful than the use of other artistic works to supplement our creative writing. When used sparingly and with careful consideration, things like song lyrics, art images, and pop culture references can help bring your story alive and imbue it with a more profound sense of humanity. However, the biggest obstacle to … Continue reading Lessons to Practice #13: Using Art, Music, and Pop Culture References in Your Writing

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

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