So You Want to Write a Story (Part 1)

What makes a story?   I propose that you can boil it all down to a couple things:  Character, setting, conflict, scenes/action.   A story is nothing more than a Character in a Setting.  Conflict arises because that Character wants something that they don’t have (yet).  Each Scene of your story has Action of some kind (be […]

Finding Inspiration, Part 2

“You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club.” –Jack London I think a lot of writers start out with the image of themselves as tortured artists, slaving away at the keyboard or waiting for inspiration to strike.  They write infrequently, if ever, and have more manuscripts half-finished on their […]

Finding Inspiration, Part 1

Like all things in life, there is both a short answer and a longer answer to the question of “Where do authors find their inspiration?” Short answer:  Everywhere. Slightly longer answer:  Everywhere, but you need to be open and receptive to it. The rest of the answer:  Inspiration can come from anywhere but it often […]