Characters Come Alive

Now that you've sparked your story it's time to catch fire.  That's right, it's time to create characters and bring them to life. Most literary writers say that you must begin with character, character, character, because all stories revolve around compelling characters, so if you want to write great fiction start with great characters. But what does…Read more Characters Come Alive

Should You Get an MFA in Creative Writing? Consider this Alternative.

Don’t get me wrong, spending two or three years with nothing to do but write sounds like heaven, but there’s another question that comes first. The real question is: Will I become a writer if I don’t get an MFA? That’s what I was asking myself 7 years ago when it was time to decide…Read more Should You Get an MFA in Creative Writing? Consider this Alternative.

One Thing More Valuable than Time and Money

People (especially Americans) say time is money. But the fact is both of these commodities are wasted without ATTENTION. Let there be no mistake, attention is power. When we apply attention to time it's magnified and when we apply attention to money it’s multiplied. I’ve got all kinds of quotes for you: In business: "Attention…Read more One Thing More Valuable than Time and Money

Why Bad Luck is Better than Good Luck

Lately I’ve been thinking a lot about leverage. People talk in terms of leveraging time and money, but people don’t talk about leveraging luck. In finance leverage is basically anything you can do to multiply your gains. Just like a lever, you invest a little force on one side, and the other side rises exponentially.…Read more Why Bad Luck is Better than Good Luck