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
Most writing exists to share information. Fiction exists to share emotion; to share what it feels like to be alive. In fiction the entire spectrum of human experience has meaning and value. As humans we can’t control what will happen to us, but if we love stories, no matter what happens, we will never be…Read more Why Fiction will Save Your Life
Problems and desires are catalysts for everything great that is ever created. They set our normal life off balance and send us tumbling toward the next big thing. The first guy to light a fire had them. They were hidden in the sparks. If you are far from home, chances are it’s because of a…Read more Problem and Desire: The First Spark
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.
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
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