When the Turkey’s Ready and Only Then

Sam, I write to you this post at a timely moment.┬áNovember hosts the annual challenge many writers will take up: National Novel Writing Month. The objective of NaNoWriMo is to compose a 50,000 word manuscript within the dates of November 1 and November 30. Whether or not you accomplish the assigned criterion by November’s end…

Women As Characters Not Tools

Sam, I’m happy to say in my lifetime there has been an increase┬áin the awareness of gender in story, and how both of them can play each other’s “traditional” roles as well as their own. There are still some kinks to be worked out that can only be solved in time with the generations. I,…

Living is Writing

Sam, I know the title of this post may sound a little dramatic but think about what the statement is saying. I’m not saying we should do nothing else but write, live inside our own spaces (physically or mentally), and dismiss all opportunities to get out and be a part of society. Actually quite the…

There’s Only One Enemy

Sam, I’ve been gathering up my resolve at the start of this New Year for what I want to get done in 2016. One thing I’ve discovered in building my motivation is how no matter what kind of support group you have, who you surround yourself with, there is only one enemy: you. When you…