• Building Characters,  Craft of Writing,  Writing

    How A New Character Is Born

    People often ask me who or what inspires me. How I get my ideas for the stories I write and the characters I come up with. Sometimes it’s hard to think up an answer on the spot, but I can definitely say that a lot of my stuff comes from things I watch or read. I’m a huge fan of various television shows and books, including popular series. So, how do I take a well known character and turn it into a brand new persona that’s virtually unrecognizable to the public as anyone else but the character as portrayed in my work? First, I think about what I like or…

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    3 Ways I Use Twitter As a Writer

    Twitter is celebrating its 10th anniversary today, which means that it’s been alive for about half of my writing career. How crazy is that? The writers of my generation have only had the ability to use Twitter for a decade, making us wonder how we ever did it before social media and the incredible experience of having hundreds of followers, retweets, likes and direct messages by people whom we’ve never met, and probably never will meet,  in the real world. As much as writing is about the pen or pencil, the paper, and finding that void in the world that our minds just have to fill with words we hope…

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    Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    I decided to update my website tonight and possibly change the theme I was using. Unfortunately, I did what I usually do in life and leapt before I looked, leaving me between a rock and a hard place – figuratively speaking. For those of you who don’t know how WordPress works, once you apply a theme to your website, WordPress doesn’t tell you what theme you were using previously, and of course, I forgot to look because I was so excited for the new theme I’d found. Unfortunately, the new theme turned out not to be as great as its preview and that’s when the “rock” came in. Almost two seconds later,…

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    My Top 10 Dream Jobs

    In no particular order, here’s a list of my top 10 dream jobs. 1. An Author – I can’t help it. I love to write and I just can’t seem to fit myself into any particular niche. One minute I’m writing a romantic comedy and the next, I’m working on a mystery. Whether its poetry, prose or screenplays, all that matters are the words and the story. 2. Free Lance Travel Writer & Photographer – I’ve always wanted to travel around the world to the most exotic and unknown places and capture them with my writing and photography. 3. International Food Critic – I love food that invigorates my taste buds. Just…

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    The Hidden Power of Forgiveness

    The last few weeks, I have learned a lot about forgiveness; both about the power behind it and the resolution and sense of calm achieved when it is granted. I have learned that some people are too weak to offer it, while others are too stubborn to even consider it. I have learned that there are people in the world who would rather suffer and watch others suffer despite their power to stop the suffering. I have watched people I thought I knew take small incidents and allow them to grow into wedges the size of craters. I have also watched others who have forgiven everything, and are still led…