Dialogue: Say it Shorter

Sunday, January 15th, 2017


Today we talk about dialogue and one way to make it better.

Theme: The Ring…and the Pants

Sunday, January 8th, 2017

Sometimes a novel’s theme emerges most clearly in an actual physical item that appears and reappears.

Theme: Roads In

Monday, January 2nd, 2017

The strongest books, the ones that stick with us, have multiple ways that the core theme is expressed. Here are ways to do that.

Theme: Casting Shadows

Monday, December 26th, 2016

Sometimes the way to get theme into your novel is to stop worrying about it.

The Theme for Today…is Theme.

Sunday, December 18th, 2016

Today we’re going to talk about theme, why it’s important and one way to get it into your novel.

Making Time: OPD, (Other People’s Drama)

Sunday, December 11th, 2016


We all have it: The friend or business associate who turns out to be a whole lot of work. The family member who jumps from crisis to crisis.

Making Time: Bad Drama and How We Show Up.

Sunday, December 4th, 2016


Today we’re talking about drama. Not the kind on the page, the other kind. How we show up…to ourselves.

Making Time: Doing the Work.

Sunday, November 27th, 2016

Today we talk about doing the work, what gets in the way, and simple step to get it back on track.

Suspense: Inside Edition

Monday, November 21st, 2016


Now it’s time to talk about suspense created inside a character when he’s at war with
himself…or at war with the world around him.

Suspense: The bomb under the table.

Sunday, November 13th, 2016

Today Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock delivers the goods on suspense.