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
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)
Hey everyone. Another wonderful week has come to a close, and I'm in the midst of seeking out supervisors and a job! The last step I have to take before sending off my LPC-I application is finding a supervisor who will oversee my work as I accrue 3,000 client hours. That's a lot of work ahead … Continue reading Where the Real Writing Begins: Editing and Outlining
Why hello there, fellow bloggers and writers. I know I don't ask this enough, but how are you, as my follower, doing? What are your big aspirations for 2017 when it comes to writing? Who knows about your goals? How have you enlisted them - or not - to help you get there? Tonight I … Continue reading The Learning Phase: Lessons From Writer’s Digest
A man with bipolar disorder, an adoptee/food junkie, and a prostitute with fantasies of finding liberation for her daughter through murder. All well versed in the art of scrutiny.
I seek out tips on how to craft a compelling character in Writer's Digest. I read YA novels to garner new talking points for my latest blog entry. And I still (still!) delve into David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, finding grief and irascible humor in the lives of his Ennet House residents, his Quebecois wheelchair assassins - and our … Continue reading Why I Write
Great news! I've been invited to interview for the University of North Texas master's program in counseling psychology! It's been my aspiration to attend UNT since I was a freshman, since it's ranked #1 in Texas for it's counseling program. The campus also has a quiet allure, and Denton reminds me of my hometown. What's … Continue reading In the Words of Your Love – Chapter 9