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Story Architecture – Phase 2: Character Stories

In this intermediate program I will focus on expanding the fundamentals. Participants will be expected to have some facility with writing scenes and this program will focus on how scenes then…

Story Architecture – Phase 1: Scenes

In this introductory program, I’ll focus on the fundamentals of character and conflict: how to identify the dramatically interesting conflicts that underpin a scene, how to establish the ambitions of…

New Interview: Writing time is family time

In this new blog interview posted today at Once Upon a Bookcase, I get a chance to discuss the odd ways in which my family and my community were involved…

How having a heartbeat can kill your writing

In a previous article, I introduced one of the tools that I hoped would provide me with a lot of useful data about my writing practices, that I would later…

The author chats – with his protagonist

When I do author interviews, I am struck by two things: how similar they all are, yet how totally different. By ‘similar,’ I only mean that most interviewers follow a…